Dale Steyn, the South African paceman, has been ruled out of the third Test against England with a shoulder injury that he sustained in the opening Test in Durban.
Steyn, who had pulled up twice during the course of England's innings in the first Test, was initially named in the squad for the third Test at the Wanderers following positive updates regarding his recovery. However, he doesn't seem to have recovered in time, and as disappointing as it is for South Africa, Russell Domingo, the coach, remains upbeat about his comeback.
"I don't think it's the end of Dale Steyn," he said on Monday (January 11). "All players will experience some sort of niggles. He is a great athelete. He is as fit as they can come. We know he is a great bowler. He is the best bowler in the world. We haven't had him since the first Test in India tour and that has been disappointing."
The 34-year-old has been shrouded in an injury cloud after he picked up a groin injury on the tour of India which ruled him out for three games. He made a quick recovery before the start of the England series, but suffered a shoulder strain which ruled him out of the remainder of that game and the second Test in Cape Town.
Kyle Abbott, who was ruled out of the second Test with a hamstring strain is fit again and could be the only change in the side that takes the field for the third Test.
England lead the four-match Test series 1-0. The third Test starts in Johannesburg on January 14.