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Proteas selectors to be guided by medical advice

Thu, 2nd May 2019

Dale Steyn

The Proteas’ selectors will be guided by medical advice in regards to players who have an injury cloud hanging over them.

One such example is fast bowler Dale Steyn, who left the 2019 Indian Premier League due to a flare up of the shoulder injury which has severely curtailed his playing career in recent years.

"As it stands, we are aware that Dale Steyn has seen the shoulder specialist since he got back from India," National Selection Panel convener Linda Zondi told ESPNcricinfo.

"But at the moment we're just waiting for our medical team to keep us updated in terms of his progress. He's still due to meet up with the team for camp on the 12th, and as the selection panel, we'll be guided by the medical team, and then we'll take it from there."

Zondi added that coach Ottis Gibson will be part of the decision making as well.

"Ottis is also a specialist from the bowling point of view, so he will definitely take Dale for a run in the nets to see how he's doing with his shoulder and how far he might have to go.

“We still have enough time before the 23rd of May to decide whether we need to change the team or not. But for now that's where we are."

The Proteas also have concerns over fellow fast bowlers Lungi Ngidi and Anrich Nortje, as well as batsman JP Duminy.