Cricket South Africa has released a statement to clarify why Dale Steyn was named in the T20I squad for the India tour. Steyn had earlier expressed disappointment at the decision and said that he did make himself available for the T20 matches.
After he was not named in the T20I squad, Steyn wrote: “I did [make myself available] … Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of the coaching staff.”
Cricket South Africa said that Steyn was not medically ready. “He is not yet medically ready and our information makes that very clear,” Cricket South Africa’s (CSA) acting director of cricket Corrie van Zyl was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.
Van Zyl also informed that both Vernon Philander (hamstring) and Theunis de Bruyn (back) were on course to recover fully before the start of the three-Test series against India in October.
“Both are on track, but they will have to play one match before the tour to prove that they are fully fit,” Van Zyl said.
Dale Steyn had earlier announced his retirement from Test cricket in order to extend his career in the other formats of the game.
In his retirement statement, the fast bowler spoke highly of Test cricket, confessing how he found it to be the “best version of the game”.