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‘This is not the end for Dale Steyn’ – Proteas Team Doctor

Wed, 5th Jun 2019

Standard Bank Proteas bowler Dale Steyn

Proteas Team Doctor Mohammed Moosajee insists that Dale Steyn has not necessarily reached the end of his international career, after the fast bowler was ruled out of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup with injury.

South Africa confirmed on Tuesday that Steyn, who missed the team’s opening two matches against England and Bangladesh, will not recover from his latest shoulder injury. Fast bowler Beuran Hendricks has been called up as a replacement.

Steyn will return to South Africa and his future as an international cricketer appears to be in doubt following this latest setback.

However, Moosajee emphasises that the 35-year-old can still bounce back and represent his country once again.

"I think he will be coming back," the Team Doctor told media.

"The challenge is to get him back home, to get him to see his rehab team and the focus will be very much on strengthening work around the shoulder.

"Once he gets the mobility in his shoulder close to where he was previously, I'm sure there's every effort that he can come back."

Captain Faf du Plessis says Steyn will need love and support as he comes to terms with this disappointment.

"It is important for us to be strong for him," the skipper said.

"Dale has struggled really hard to get back into the team. It's been a tough two-and-a-half years for him, and he would need support right now.

"It's important that us as the team and the management make sure there's things in place for him to assist him, to be there for him. He needs love at the moment. It's a tough time for him."