Cape Town - Dale
Steyn's quest to become South Africa's all-time leading Test
wicket-taker has been put back until at least September after he ruled
himself out of the Test series in England during July and August.
Steyn, who turns 34 on June 27, has been stuck on 417 Test wickets -
four short of Shaun Pollock's national record - since suffering a
stress fracture of the shoulder during a Test against Australia last
The fast bowler had been included in a South Africa 'A' squad to tour
England in June in what was seen as a fitness test ahead of the
four-match Test series.
But he told journalists in Johannesburg that his recovery has been
slower than he hoped and will not be able to join the A team or to play
in the Tests.
"I am able to do a lot of things - running, hiking, gym work. But bowling is not one of them," he said.
Steyn said he aims to play in two home Tests against Bangladesh in
September and hopes to prove his fitness by returning to action when
South Africa 'A' play matches against Australia 'A' and India 'A' in August.
It has been a frustrating two years for Steyn, who has only played in
five of South Africa's most recent 16 Tests, breaking down in three of
them, first with a groin strain and twice because of shoulder problems.
During that period he has taken only 15 wickets after looking set to soar past Pollock on the all-time list.
Vernon Philander, Steyn's long-time new ball partner, has also had injury problems.
He has a contract with English county Sussex, but returned to South Africa last month for treatment on a groin injury.
But the county expect him to return to action in a championship match against Durham starting on Sunday.