South Africa will be missing Dale Steyn for the second Test against England after captain Hashim Amla confirmed that the influential fast bowler has been ruled out due to an ongoing injury. The 32-year-old, initially a doubt for the four-match series after hurting his groin in the first contest of a 3-0 whitewash by India eight weeks ago, strained his right shoulder on day one of the Proteas' comprehensive 241-run defeat in Durban earlier this week.
Such a problem did not seem to restrict him initially, although he was later sent for a scan after twice requiring treatment during a match in which he took four wickets for 80 runs before being limited to fielding duties and eventually left out entirely. Highveld Lions right-arm paceman Kagiso Rabada will replace Steyn for the next Test which begins at Cape Town's Newlands Cricket Ground on 2 January.
Elsewhere for South Africa, who have appointed former captain Graeme Smith as a batting consultant for the remainder of the series, Kyle Abbott remains questionable with a hamstring injury and will require a late fitness test before a final decision is taken on his availability. Uncapped bowler Hardus Viljoen has been added to Russell Domingo's squad as cover.
"Dale will miss the next Test, and Kyle is pending a fitness test to see if he's good to go," Amla was quoted as saying by the Press Association.
"Without Dale, Kagiso Rabada will come in. If Kyle is not fit we have to make a decision between Hardus Viljoen and Chris Morris, those are our two options."
Vernon Philander remains sidelined with torn ankle ligaments, while Quinton de Kock and Morris have also been called up. If he plays, the former is reportedly expected to bat at seven and replace the struggling AB de Villiers at wicket-keeper.
As for the visitors, England could be boosted by the return of James Anderson for the second Test. The Lancashire bowler was forced to miss the first match due to a calf injury, but both Trevor Bayliss and Alastair Cook have spoken positively regarding his recovery. Chris Woakes, who claimed just one solitary wicket at Kingsmead, will likely make way if he does return.