ICC Champions Trophy

Steyn's sore back a concern

2013-06-04 07:45
Dale Steyn (AFP)
Cape Town - The fitness of strike bowler Dale Steyn is a concern for the Proteas ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy event in England and Wales.

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Steyn only bowled five overs (0-26) in South Africa's disappointing six-wicket warm-up loss to Pakistan at The Oval on Monday before leaving the field with a stiff back.

He received treatment and, according to Volksblad, the Proteas management decided to keep him sidelined as a precautionary measure.

"It's a bit stiff and sore - we will reassess it in the morning," skipper AB de Villiers told the Cricinfo website after being queried on Steyn's injury.

The fast bowler now has two days to recover before South Africa start their campaign with the tournament opener against India in Cardiff on Thursday. Play starts at 11:30 (SA time).

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