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Dale Steyn out of Zimbabwe Test with viral infection

The long-awaited return of Dale Steyn was delayed further as the South Africa quick missed the Zimbabwe Test with a viral infection.

cricket Updated: Dec 26, 2017 18:00 IST
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A virat infection has stalled Dale Steyn’s return to the South African Test team for the one-off, four-day Test against Zimbabwe that started in Port Elizabeth on December 26, 2017. (AFP)

Dale Steyn was made to wait for his return to the international scene after a viral infection ruled him out of South Africa’s Test against Zimbabwe. (LIVE SCORECARD)

Just four behind Shaun Pollock (421) as the Proteas’ all-time leading Test wicket-taker, Dale Steyn has been out of action since suffering a serious shoulder injury against Australia in Perth in November 2016.

The four-day, day-night meeting with Zimbabwe in Port Elizabeth had been due to stage his comeback, but it was announced shortly before play began on Tuesday that the quick would miss out.

Earlier on Boxing Day, it was confirmed that captain Faf du Plessis had also been laid low by a viral infection, with former skipper AB de Villiers leading the side in his absence.

Steyn’s Test return will have to wait until the visit of India to Cape Town on January 5.

First Published: Dec 26, 2017 17:57 IST