South Africa's hopes of reaching the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 semi-finals got a confidence boost with news that Dale Steyn took a positive step towards recovery.
Steyn bowled at full match intensity during South Africa's training session in Cardiff today (12th June). He's been recovering from a side strain which has kept him out of the campaign so far.
Steyn could be fit for their match against the West Indies on Friday (14th June), given the side's poor record in knockout matches, they'll be looking to the experience of their best bowler to cross the line.
Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: “Dale is progressing quite well, he came through his net session today without any discomfort but the challenge is to watch him overnight to see if he wakes up with any stiffness. If he comes through tomorrow’s (Thursday) net practice he should be available for selection.”
If Steyn should become available, it would present South Africa with something of a selection dilemma. Their three seamers, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Chris Morris and Ryan McLaren, all acquitted themselves admirably against Pakistan.
"He was loving it. There was a stage where he threw a bit of abuse at one of the batsmen. That's Dale's character," Morris revealed. "He was brilliant. He kept reminding us, 'There's a run out coming'. He kept encouraging us. He's a ball of energy."
Russell Domingo, current assistant coach, said. "The guys feed off Dale. He is a mentor, a great leader of the bowling unit, and he is just a good bloke, so guys enjoy getting advice from him."
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