South Africa’s World Cup hopes have been dealt a huge blow with the news that fast-bowler Dale Steyn has failed to recover from a persistent shoulder injury.
Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks has been drafted in to replace the stricken Steyn.
The 35-year-old had been given the chance to prove his fitness with a nets session on Monday, however was absent from training on Tuesday and is now due to visit an orthopedic surgeon in London.
Much of the workload and responsibility to spearhead the attack will now land on the broad shoulders of 24-year-old Kagiso Rabada.
The pre-tournament hopes of the nation appeared to rely on the strength of their bowling attack, with the potential pace and intensity of deadly trio Steyn, Rabada and Lungi Ngidi – an imposing threat to any batting line-up.
But with Ngidi ruled out of Wednesday’s clash with India and Steyn unable overcome his own injury problems, South Africa must now look elsewhere within their squad for inspiration if they are to have any hope of progressing to the semi-finals.
We suspect both England and Australia got what they really came for this summer.
Calls for a super over to decide the Ashes have sadly been ignored.
A truly remarkable summer for English cricket concluded at the Oval.
Water fell from the sky in large quantities.
Steve Smith couldn’t get a hundred today. The Badger could.
England get Steve Smith out for just 80. Great success.
England are utterly infuriating, they really are.
Joe Root > Don Bradman. That’s just maths.
England secured a 2-2 series draw with victory at the Oval.