Steyn ‘cool’ after head bump

2010-09-26 15:00
Dale Steyn receives attention. (Gallo Images)

Rob Houwing, Sport24 chief writer

Cape Town – The world’s top-ranked Test fast bowler has assured his fans that he is “super cool” after a potentially nasty injury in the field in the Champions League Twenty20 semi-finals.

Dale Steyn wrote on Twitter that he had suffered only “mild concussion and a blow 2my back” in taking a backpedalling catch to dismiss Mike Hussey for Bangalore Royal Challengers in their defeat to Chennai Super Kings at Kingsmead on Friday.

He was unable to bowl in the match as a result and it was initially feared he may have done some serious harm to his head and/or neck.

But the Proteas star was able to quip in a Saturday tweet to followers: “What doesn’t kill u … only ruined my weekend. Haha!”

Cricket South Africa spokesperson Michael Owen-Smith confirmed to Sport24 that a scan on Steyn’s upper-body “impact” injury had come up negative, although he would visit an orthopaedic surgeon just to be sure.

The strike bowler will presumably be asked to put his feet up for a few days, and he was to be rested anyway when the Proteas start the 2010/11 season with two T20 internationals against Zimbabwe at Bloemfontein (October 8) and Kimberley (October 10) in roughly a fortnight.

It will be a relief to the national camp that Steyn appears to have no lasting injury, as they will already be starting the campaign minus the services of premier batsman Jacques Kallis.

Steyn, 27, has been blessed in his career thus far by staying mostly injury-free, unusual for a paceman in this age of sometimes absurdly congested itineraries.


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