The South African team would have been praying hard that their spearhead Dale Steyn would be fit for the third Test match against Australia especially after their premier fast bowler Kagiso Rabada was ruled for the remainder of the series but any hopes of the same have been quashed.
Steyn has failed to recover fully from his heel injury that he had conceived while playing against India. The Proteas fast bowler was expected to play a match for the Titans before he could have made himself available for selection for the remaining two Test matches but Steyn was not able to feature in the domestic circuit.
South Africa’s bowling would be under the radar without the services of Rabada.
Steyn will now play for the Titans from March 22 and the third Test match would also kickstart on the same day. Steyn was needed to play one domestic circuit match before he could have made himself available for the national selection.
“I’m not 100% sure where Dale is. From my understanding, he would have needed to play a game this week, which he didn’t, which would probably set him back for the third Test, I would assume,” du Plessis said after South Africa were able to draw level in the four-match Test series.
South Africa is been hit hard as they have lost the services of their best bowler Kagiso Rabada who has been banned for the two Test matches and thus the new rank number 1 bowler won’t be able to partake in the remainder of the series against Austalia.
“Our plan for him was to play a game. But I would be praying extra hard that he would be ready for that third Test to make sure we can have him available if he (is fit). On the spot now, I would assume probably on the fourth Test,” Proteas skipper added.
It is noted that Morne Morkel would be making a comeback into the playing XI in the absence of Rabada. The Cricket South Africa national selectors are also expected to include the likes of Chris Morris and Duanne Olivier when they will announce the Proteas squad for the remaining two Test matches later this week.