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Proteas sweat on Steyn and now Ngidi

Mon, 3rd Jun 2019

South Africa's Dale Steyn

South Africa's 2019 Cricket World Cup tournament just keeps going from bad the worse and with a crunch fixture against India on the near horizon, the Proteas are sweating on the availability of two of their premium fast bowlers.

The Proteas suffered a shock defeat to Bangladesh on Sunday, three days after losing to hosts England in the tournament opener.

As if the two defeats aren't enough, fast bowler Lungi Ngidi will be sidelined for up to 10 days after suffering a hamstring strain in South Africa's loss at The Oval. And with no indication on when Dale Steyn will be fit, the Proteas could be forced to play two spinners against India in Southampton on Wednesday.

"Ngidi sustained sharp discomfort in his left hamstring. We decided he had a hamstring strain. He will be out for week to 10 days," Proteas team doctor Mohammed Moosajee told reporters.

"He will have a scan tomorrow (Monday). We hope he can be ready for the West Indies match."

South Africa, though, will be able to call on Hashim Amla who has recovered from the blow he took in defeat to England. The opening batsman was struck on the helmet by Jofra Archer in in Thursday's defeat to the hosts.