Steyn Likely To Return

Dale Steyn Could Return
Dale Steyn Could Return
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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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CT 2013 Fixtures

Fixtures & Results

6th June: India v South Africa, Cardiff
IND 331-7 beat RSA 305 by 26 runs: Report
7th June: Pakistan v West Indies, London
WIN 172-8 beat PAK 170 by 2 wickets: Report
8th June: England v Australia, Birmingham
ENG 269-6 beat AUS 221-9 by 48 runs: Report
9th June: New Zealand v Sri Lanka, Cardiff
NZL 139-9 beat SRI 138 by 1 wicket: Report
10th June: Pakistan v South Africa, Birmingham
RSA 234-9 beat PAK 167 by 67 runs: Report
11th June: India v West Indies, London
IND 236-2 beat WIN 233-9 by 8 wickets: Report
12th June: Australia v New Zealand, Birmingham
AUS 243-8 v NZL 51-2 - match abandoned: Report
13th June: England v Sri Lanka, The Oval
SRI 297-3 beat ENG 293-7 by 7 wickets: Report
15th June: India v Pakistan, Birmingham
IND 102-2 beat PAK 165 by 8 wickets: Report
16th June: England v New Zealand, Cardiff
ENG 169 beat NZL 159-8 by 10 runs: Report
17th June: Australia v Sri Lanka, London
SRI 253-8 beat AUS 233 by 20 runs: Report
19th June: Semi-Final, London
ENG 179-3 beat RSA 175 by 7 wickets: Report
20th June: Semi-Final, Cardiff
IND 182-2 beat SRI 181-8 by 8 wickets: Report
23rd June: Final, Birmingham
IND 129-7 beat ENG 124-8 by 5 runs: Report

Champions Trophy History

Previous Winners

1998: South Africa
2000: New Zealand
2002: India/Sri Lanka
2004: West Indies
2006: Australia
2009: Australia