South Africa name Ngidi as replacement for Dale Steyn for the second test at Centurion


Dale Steyn has been ruled out the test series against India.

Internet Desk: Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday have confirmed that Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of the Test series against India. Steyn, playing his first Test match since he injured his shoulder against Australia in November 2016, picked up and injury to his left heel in the final over before tea on Day 2 of the first Test against India at Newlands.

The injury was labelled as “freakish” as he landed awkwardly in a foot-hole, and it was confirmed on Monday that he would be sidelined for the remainder of the series.

Steyn, currently in a moon boot, will be out for around 4-6 weeks as was initially expected.

The Proteas have called up Duanne Olivier and Lungi Ngidi to their Test squad.

Proteas coach Ottis Gibson confirmed on Monday that Olivier and the uncapped Lungi Ngidi would be added to the group in Pretoria.

“I felt really sorry for Dale because he had done a lot of hard work to get back to where he was and it was a new injury,” said Gibson, before turning his attention to the replacements.

“I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lungi Ngidi and I’ve seen him on TV. We’ll add him to the squad and then when we get to Pretoria and have a couple of training days we will have a look and make a decision.”

Gibson confirmed that both Olivier, who has five Test caps to his name, and Ngidi would be avilable for selection in the second Test.

The Proteas beat India by 72 runs in the first Test in Cape Town on Monday and they now turn their attention to the second Test in Centurion, which gets underway on Saturday.


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