South Africa coach Russell Domingo has confirmed that fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the third Test against England, starting in Johannesburg on Thursday, as he has failed to recover from a shoulder injury.
The absence of the world’s number one paceman will come as a huge blow to the Proteas as they find themselves one-nil down in the series with two matches still to play.
Steyn injured his shoulder in the first Test of the series in Durban, when the hosts lost by 241 runs, and subsequently missed the drawn second game at Newlands.
Domingo said on Monday: “Dale – he’s out of the next Test. He has a final test later today but speaking to our physio, he’s definitely out of the next Test.”
The injury setback is the latest to hit the 32 year-old Steyn as he missed three of South Africa’s four Tests in India at the back end of last year due to a groin strain.
The injuries have led some to say that the paceman, who has taken 406 wickets in 82 Tests, is nearing the of his career.
However, Domingo said: “I don’t think it is the end of Dale Steyn’s career at all. All players are going to experience some type of niggles at some stage. He’s just had a few of late.
“He’s a great athlete. These things happen and I’m sure he’ll get through it.”