Steyn unavailable for selection for England opener

Steyn unavailable for selection for England opener

Steyn has not bowled competitively since pulling out of Royal Challengers Bangalore´s IPL campaign in late April. "We've still got 14 others".

"He is a big loss to our team", du Plessis told reporters before a training session at the south London ground.

Teams do tend to treat these events as bigger than normal, but I don't think we should follow that.

"He is not fully ready yet and we feel that in a six-week tournament there is no need to press the issue right now", Gibson said. It was now a question of resorting to Plan B or C. The counter to that counter is that in this squad, it means South Africa choose between Chris Morris and Dwaine Pretorius as replacement.

But with the 35-year-old still recovering from the shoulder injury that had threatened his selection in the 15-man squad, South Africa must look elsewhere on Thursday and probably in their second clash against Bangladesh (also at The Oval) on Sunday too.

"We'll try and pick our team to try and be as positive in team selection as possible that we can be".

South Africa and England have met 59 times in the intermediate format of the global game. England play very aggressively and there's no point trying to play defensively against them because they've shown they can take on any bowling attack. If that releases some players in the team, then that's great.

'The absolute worst-case scenario is that we don't make it, and that's okay. We will give him as much time as we can for him to get ready. We want to make sure we enjoy every day as much as possible - it's the difference between the pressure of having to do something compared to something you love to do. "When you are intense and desperate, that's when you make mistakes".

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