Steyn misses training ahead of India clash

2015 World Cup

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn missed training on Wednesday with a bout of flu, ahead of the Proteas' Group B World Cup clash against India at the MCG on Sunday.

After claiming a 62-run win over Zimbabwe in their opening match of the tournament last Sunday, Steyn complained of a sore throat and a blocked nose.

The fast bowler should recover to take his place in the starting team for the crunch match against the current world champions, however, the Proteas team management will be concerned that Steyn would not have a full build-up before the crucial showdown.

The Phalaborwa-born paceman did not take a full part in training sessions before the first match either, and was not at his best in the victory over Zimbabwe, returning bowling figures of one for 64 in nine overs.

Over the last few years Steyn has always tended to start tours slowly, seemingly needing some overs under his belt before bowling at maximum capacity.

Meanwhile, Mike Hussey, the former Australia international batsman, has joined the South Africa team as a consultant ahead of their Australian leg of the tournament.

Proteas coach Russell Domingo said before the tournament that Hussey will work with the batsmen and just give more insight on what they can expect in Australian conditions.

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