Steyn fit but unlikely to play at Newlands

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson says Dale Steyn is fit but iss not sure if the fast bowler will play in the first Test against India.

Steyn, who has not played any international cricket since November 2016, missed the recent victory over Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth because of a viral infection.

While he is physically fit to take his place in the starting XI, there is still a concern about his bowling fitness ahead of the Test that starts at Newlands on Friday.

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Gibson told reporters in Cape Town on Tuesday: “Dale Steyn is fit again. But I don’t know just yet whether we will see him this week. He has had a year’s layoff.

“I don’t think if we were to pick a three-man seam attack plus a spinner that you would want to put him in that three-man attack, in case something happens and that leaves the team vulnerable if he can’t finish the game.

“That’s not to say that he won’t finish the game, but you don’t want to take that risk in the first game of the summer.

“He will come into the discussion but it depends on the formation of the team that we put on the field.”

If Steyn does not play, the Proteas could go into the Test with a pace attack of Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada and Morne Morkel.