Dale Steyn will miss the One-Day International (ODI) series against England that starts next week on Wednesday (February 3). Steyn has been sitting on the sidelines for the major part of the Test series against England and India due to injuries.
He is currently recovering from a shoulder strain and the team manager Mohammed Moosajee revealed that Steyn's symptoms had not improved and it could take somewhere close to 10 weeks for the speedster to recover completely.
"All initial scans were clear but when symptoms did not improve, we discovered a reaction in the bone itself," Moosajee 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," he said.
He reiterated that the injury isn't a career-threatening one and the management is hoping to have him fit for the T20 series at home against Australia in March so that he can go into the T20 World Cup with a few games under his belt.
Vernon Philander, who has missed the last seven Tests after tearing his ankle ligaments is also out of contention since it will take him around two to three weeks to get fully fit. Wayne Parnell and Hardus Viljoen are the favourites to be added to the squad and are likely to feature in a few games since Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada are not expected to play all five matches.
"They definitely won't play all five games," South Africa coach Russell Domingo said. "We will look to bring one or two new fast bowlers in."
Kyle Abbott has been ruled out of the first ODI after he injured his hamstring during the Centurion Test.