South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the one-day international series against England. The 32-year-old seamer missed the last three Test matches of the four-Test series with a shoulder problem and it has been confirmed he will now also miss the upcoming white-ball matches.
The Proteas will also be without fast bowler Kyle Abbott, who suffered a hamstring niggle in the fourth Test, for the first game, while fellow seamers Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada are likely to be rested for some of the matches. "They definitely won't play all five games," Russell Domingo, South Africa's coach, told ESPNcricinfo. "We will look to bring one or two new fast bowlers in."
Chris Morris is currently listed as the back-up bowling option in South Africa's squad for the one-day series, which starts in Bloemfontein on 3 February. However, Wayne Parnell and Hardus Viljoen, who are playing for the South A side in a warm-up match against England on 30 January, could be added to the full squad.
Although no timescale has been provided for Steyn's return to action, Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa's team manager, has insisted his injury is not career-threatening. "All initial scans were clear but when symptoms did not improve, we discovered a reaction in the bone itself," he said. "This is very rare in fast bowlers as it is usually caused by trauma. We are treating it conservatively because he is a fast bowler and we know we have the World T20 coming up."