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Injured Dale Steyn to miss second Test

Injured Dale Steyn to miss second Test
South Africa will be without Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander for the second Test against India in Bangalore.
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South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the second Test match against India in Bangalore after failing to recover from a groin strain he picked up in the first game.

Steyn was unable to bowl in the second innings of the first Test and a fitness test conducted ahead of the second Test ruled him out of action.

His absence means that South Africa will be playing the second Test without Steyn and Vernon Philander, who is out of the rest of the tour with an ankle injury.

Admitting that losing Steyn and Philander will be a significant deficit, South African captain Hashim Amla hinted that Kyle Abbott will be drafted into the playing eleven.

"Steyn has been ruled out of the Bangalore Test," Amla confirmed.

“Kyle Abbott could fill in for the injured Steyn.

"Obviously losing Dale, the best bowler in the world, and Vernon, arguably the best all-rounder in the world, certainly changes the dynamics of the side.”

The good news for South Africa is that Morne Morkel and JP Duminy are expected to be fit for the second Test having recovered from their respective injuries.

Despite the loss of two strike bowlers, Amla was confident that there are quality players in the South African squad who can step up and deliver the results.

"But the guys who are going to be replacing them are quality cricketers.

“We are fortunate that we have great depth in our bowling especially.

“If you are going to win a Test series, the series is won with 15 players usually, not just eleven.

“Although it’s early in the series, I still think we have a potent attack to back it up."

For India, fast bowler Ishant Sharma is expected to make a return after serving a one-match suspension handed to him by the International Cricket Council.

With the series positioned at 1-0 in favour of India, the action shifts to the second Test match which will be played between 14th and 18th November in Bangalore.

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