ICC Champions Trophy

Proteas bat, Steyn ruled out

2013-06-19 11:08
Dale Steyn (Gallo)
London -  England have won the toss and invited South Africa to bat in their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final at The Oval on Wednesday.


Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against England at The Oval.

Steyn failed a late fitness test after he sustained a hip-muscle strain.

Steyn has struggled with injuries during the tournament, suffering a side strain in a warm-up game against Pakistan that ruled him out of the first two games of the tournament.

Proteas Team Manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee said.

“The tightness developed during practice after the previous match against the West Indies. This has not eased sufficiently this morning, and the medical staff felt it would be too risky for today’s match.

“We didn’t want to take the gamble because we don’t have the assurance that he won’t break down during the match.” 

Rory Kleinveldt will replace Steyn.

England brought in paceman Steven Finn for Tim Bresnan while spinner Graeme Swann again missed out with a calf injury so James Tredwell will continue to deputise.


South Africa:

Colin Ingram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers (captain, wk), JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Ryan McLaren Robin Peterson Chris Morris, Rory Kleinveldt, Lonwabo Tsotsobe


Alastair Cook (captain), Ian Bell, Jonathan Trott, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, James Tredwell, James Anderson, Steven Finn


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