Dale Steyn out of remainder of Australia series with shoulder fracture
As a big blow to South Africa's ongoing Test campaign against Australia, their pace spearhead Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of the series due to a shoulder fracture.
The 33-year-old sustained the injury while bowling in the 38th over of the first innings of the Perth Test and did not take further participation in the game.
Steyn, who is just five scalps away from overtaking Shaun Pollock to become South Africa's leading wicket-taker in Tests, will now head back to his country for further assessment of the injury.
South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee confirmed the injury to Steyn and further revealed that a surgery on his shoulder can keep the spearhead on the sidelines for up to six months, which also creates doubt on his participation in the Champions Trophy 2017.
"He is extremely disappointed at the moment but knowing Dale, he will come back stronger," Moosajee said.
"We need to to give him the best opportunity to recover because South Africa and the world wants to see Dale Steyn play again."
South Africa already have Morne Morkel and Kyle Abbott in the travelling squad to provide cover to any injury but the selectors will name the replacement for Steyn in due course.
Steyn bowlerd 76 deliveries in the first innings and picked the key wicket of David Warner.
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