South Africa's anxious waiting for an update on Dale Steyn's injured right shoulder continues, but the fast player has seen a Cape Town specialist since his initial IPL return. In two weeks, the Proteas will meet for a camp before the World Cup, and the pickers have until May 23 to name a potential replacement – if Steyn is not fully fit by then.
"As it stands, we know that Dale Steyn has seen the shoulder specialist since returning from India," said Linda Zondi, organizer of the National Selection Panel, at ESPNcricinfo. "But at the moment we're just waiting for our medical team to keep us up-to-date on their progress. He's still scheduled to meet with the camp crew on the 12th, and as a selection panel, we'll be guided by the medical team, take you from there. "
Zondi said coach Ottis Gibson will also be part of the decision. "Ottis is also an expert from the standpoint of bowling so he will definitely take Dale to run on the nets to see how he is going with his shoulder and how far he should go. We still have enough time before 23rd of May to decide whether we need to change the team or not, but for now it's where we are. "
Steyn, 35, played two games for the Royal Challengers Bangalore before his right shoulder – which had already been seriously injured – recovered. He had already been nominated for the World Cup in South Africa and was expected to lead the attack alongside Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, with Anrich Nortje in reserve.
"Ottis will definitely take Dale to run on the nets to see how he's going with his shoulder and how far he can go"
SA summoner Linda Zondi
Nortje himself is recovering from a concussion and told ESPNcricinfo that he played six times in a match against the Afghan Academy team last week and that "he is still busy with rehab and bowling. with the way things were but still have a bit of work to do ".
Ngidi, who is recovering from a Grade II muscle injury on his team, also had some problems in his legs against the Afghanistan team. JP Duminy's rehabilitation of shoulder surgery continues, and he returned to competitive action with the Cape Cobras at the end of the CSA T20 Challenge. The definitive news about Steyn, however, is yet to come, and in the meantime, the CSA has potential stand-by substitutes – though they do not want to say exactly who it still is.