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South Africa hit by Steyn injury

South Africa's Dale Steyn
Steyn took seven wickets at Headingley as South Africa won

South Africa have been rocked by the news that leading fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the third Test against England with a broken thumb.

Steyn, 24, suffered the blow on Monday during the second Test at Headingley, which South Africa won by 10 wickets.

Cricket South Africa media officer Michael Owen-Smith told BBC Sport: "Dale is definitely out of the third Test but has a chance for the fourth."

The third Test in the four-match series starts at Edgbaston on 30 July.

Steyn had an X-ray on Thursday and is due to have the injury put in a plaster cast to help it heal.

Owen-Smith added: "The recovery time is between two and three weeks, but bear in mind it's already been nearly a week since he picked up the injury.

"He has definitely got a chance of making the Oval Test on 7 August, we will just have to wait and see."

Andre Nel is likely to to replace Steyn for Wednesday's match in Birmingham.

Coach Micky Arthur said: "Missing a player of Dale's calibre is a huge blow, but I feel we have such good depth with the likes of Andre and Monde [Zondeki].

"Nel is probably next in the queue. That was why I was strong on wanting good reserve strength with experienced players who know about the intensity of Test cricket."

South Africa began a three-day match against Bangladesh A on Friday, reaching 397-3 at Worcester, with reserve opening batsman Jean-Paul Duminy hitting 166.

The 24-year-old Duminy hit one six and 12 fours off 234 balls and shared a 155-run opening stand with skipper Graeme Smith who made 87.

Duminy then added a further 137 with Hashim Amla and put on 68 with Jacques Kallis, who was undefeated at the close on 52.

see also
Behind the Dale Steyn fairytale
08 Jul 08 |  South Africa

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