Dale Steyn's comeback delayed further

Dale Steyn needs more time to recover from the fractured shoulder that he sustained in Australia
Dale Steyn needs more time to recover from the fractured shoulder that he sustained in Australia
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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn's comeback has been put on hold after he decided to pull out from the first-class game for his club Titans.

The 34-year-old suffered the injury during the away Test series against Australia in Perth in November last year where he managed just 76 deliveries in the game before leaving the field but has been sidelined since then.

Steyn was earlier named in South Africa A squad to face England Lions to prove his fitness but he failed to make sufficient progress from the injury before the series, thereby forcing him to miss the four Tests against Joe Root's men.

"Right now I’m bowling fine but I haven’t hit the full workload I’d need to handle in four-day cricket or a test‚ so I decided it was best not to play," Steyn told Cricinfo on Thursday.

Steyn, who has picked 417 wickets from 85 Tests for the Proteas insisted that he will prefer playing limited overs or club cricket initially to phase his comeback.

"I don’t want to put myself or the team in a position where I pull up again,” he said.

"Some shorter cricket might be the better answer for a reintroduction... I thought going from nothing to possibly bowling 30-plus overs was a bit of a risk."

Steyn's latest setback has put him under serious doubt for the two-match Test series against Bangladesh that begins on 28th September in Potchefstroom.

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