Dale Steyn ruled out of CWC 2019 opener against England

Ace South African pacer Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the opening encounter of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 World Cup against hosts England at the Oval. Proteas head coach Ottis Gibson, on Tuesday, have confirmed the news to the media.

Dale Steyn ruled out of CWC 2019 opener against England

The 35-year-old Steyn is yet to make full recovery from the shoulder injury that forced him return home from the Indian Premier League earlier this month.

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Steyn will probably miss Sunday’s against Bangladesh at the same venue as Gibson identifying June 5 is the probable fixture of Steyn’s return in the match against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.

“He’s not quite ready yet. He’s not far away … but not quite yet,”

Gibson said.

“We think with a six-week tournament, there is no real need to force the issue.

“We know that he is close and he’s getting closer every day. We’ll give him as much time as we can to get him ready,” he said.

In Steyn’s absence, Dwaine Pretorius or Chris Morris might replace in the first two matches of the tournament.

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