Pacers Olivier, Ngidi added to Proteas squad for second Test

Aubrey Yates
January 13, 2018

Following Dale Steyn's heel injury that he sustained during the Cape Town Test has eventually ruled him out of the entire series against India, South Africa have added the fast bowling duo of Duanne Olivier and uncapped 21-year-old Lungi Ngidi to their squad for the second Test against the visitors later this week.

In a major blow to South Africa, team's one of the efficient bowler Dale Steyn has been injured in the first Test being played in Johannesburg's Newlands. According to espncricinfo, he may not bowl again in this Test. A decision on whether he would bat hadn't yet been made.

South Africa won the opening Test against India by 72 runs.

Styen's type of injury normally takes 4-6 weeks to heal, Moosajee said, nearly certainly ruling Steyn out of the rest of the series against India and putting a question mark over whether he can once again regain full fitness ahead of Australia's tour in March. "He is unlikely to bowl in this Test match because the recovery period could be anything from four to six weeks". Significantly, Steyn's career has been greatly affected due to injuries.

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South African team doctor Mohammed Moosajee said Steyn was keen to return to cricket and would see a specialist on Sunday.

Steyn, 34, had not played in a first-class match since suffering a fractured shoulder in a Test in Australia in November 2016.

"This unfortunate injury was freakish because of the way he landed in the footholds, and is in no way related to his bowling loads or not being match ready", he further added. He played all those matches against Sri Lanka past year in January, and took 4 for 19 in Johannesburg.

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