Too bad, Proteas’ fast bowler, Dale Steyn has been ruled out for the rest of the Commonwealth Bank Test series after he suffered a right shoulder injury on day two of the first Test in Perth.
The speedster was compelled to leave the field when the right shoulder he injured last year at the first Test against England in Durban, started troubling him.
Proteas team manager, Mohammed Moosajee related that Steyn cannot take part in the series as it was confirmed he suffered a new fracture of the bone in the shoulder joint. He said:
“Dale pulled up while bowling shortly before lunch complaining of severe pain to his right shoulder. He was taken to the hospital for scans which confirmed a new fracture of the bone in the shoulder joint.
He will take no further part in the match (he will bat if absolutely necessary) and the series, and will return to South Africa to see a shoulder specialist who will advise on the appropriate plan of action.
An injury of this nature is rare and will in all likelihood require surgery but that will only be confirmed once we receive an opinion from the specialist.”
Undoubtedly, Steyn’s injury is a major blow to the Proteas. Already, the team is missing its injured captain AB de Villiers.
Nonetheless, the Proteas reclaimed their honor from Australia in second day of the opening Test match at the WACA today.
First, the Proteas took all 10 Australian wickets for just 86 runs. That effectively handed the Australians their third worst collapse ever, and limited them to an ignoble lead of just two runs.
Then, the top order’s response extended the lead to 102 by the close for the loss of two wickets.