Perth, Nov 4: South Africa were dealt a huge blow as paceman Dale Steyn was ruled out of the remainder of the 3-Test series against Australia.
The 33-year-old Steyn injured his shoulder today (November 4), during the 2nd day's play of the 1st Test at the WACA ground here in Perth. He left the field on Friday after bowling 12.4 overs. The Proteas are already without AB de Villiers, who too is injured.
At stumps, South Africa led by 102 runs, reaching 104/2 in their second innings. Australia were bowled out for 244 in reply to Proteas' 242.
Later, after the day's play, Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed that Steyn will not be part of the squad for the rest of the series.
"Proteas fast bowler, Dale Steyn, has been withdrawn from the current Test series against Australia due to a right shoulder injury. Steyn complained of pain in his shoulder during the first session on day two of the opening Test match against Australia at the WACA ground, and was taken to hospital for further investigations which confirmed the injury," CSA said.
Team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee explained: "Dale pulled up while bowling shortly before lunch complaining of severe pain to his right shoulder. He was taken to the hospital for scans which confirmed a new fracture of the bone in the shoulder joint.
"He will take no further part in the match (he will bat if absolutely necessary) and the series, and will return to South Africa to see a shoulder specialist who will advise on the appropriate plan of action. An injury of this nature is rare and will in all likelihood require surgery but that will only be confirmed once we receive an opinion from the specialist."
A decision on whether a replacement will be called up has yet to be made, CSA said.