Friday, 4 November 2016

Dale Steyn out of Australia series could be out of cricket for six months

The 33-year-old South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn had gone to the hospital before the start of the second session and scans revealed that he copped a stress fracture on the bone on his right shoulder - which is the bowling one. The same old injury he suffered during the tour of India. What a big blow this is? Will that have a bearing on the outcome of this game? I would like to believe Morne Morkel, who's warming the bench will have a greater role to play as the series progresses. This is what Test cricket is all about. It allows comebacks, and great teams grab those moments.
Much like what South Africa did today, pulled Australia back when they were threatening to run away with the match. Now it will all come down to how Philander and Co. bowl in the absence of Dale Steyn who has been ruled out of the series due to the relapse of a shoulder injury. The batters are toiling hard, the pitch is playing good so the Proteas would want a substantial total on the board. However, write Australia off at your own peril. There's no reason why they cannot do a South Africa in the second innings. Earlier in the day we saw how Australia collapsed from a position of strength and lost 10 wickets for 86 runs to fritter away the advantage. The match is nicely poised with South Africa having their nose ahead.

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