Bruised heel forces Steyn out of Test and series

Big blow for Proteas Dale Steyn is ruled out in the ongoing test series against India

Big blow for Proteas Dale Steyn is ruled out in the ongoing test series against India

"During Dale's 18th over‚ in his delivery stride‚ he landed awkwardly in the footholes and this caused a significant strain to the foot‚ leading to tissue damage on the underside of the foot in the heel area‚" South Africa's team manager and doctor‚ Mohammed Moosajee‚ said.

He bowled with rhythm, speed and craft before leaving the field in pain on Saturday, the second day of the first Test here. A decision on whether he would bat hadn't yet been made.

The estimated recovery time for this injury is 4-6 weeks, but with Steyn now 34 years of age and having not completed three of his last five Tests, questions over his global future will surely be raised once more.

Significantly, South Africa has strengthened its hold on India in the first Test match.

Dale Steyn comes in from the cold

It's the third time in his last five tests that Steyn has been injured during the game and hasn't been able to continue bowling.

Steyn will see an ankle specialist on Sunday, Moosajee said, after which a timeline on his recovery would be clearer. When Steyn was bowling his 18th over, he sustained serious tissue damage to his left heel. After that Steyn went for scans where the extent of his injury was revealed. Due to a right shoulder injury, he has been out of many matches.

A team spokesman said the injury was being assessed and treated. He had only played eight tests in three years before his return this week.

Olivier has appeared in five Tests for South Africa- all of them in 2017, Ngidi has played three T20Is since making his global debut in a match against Sri Lanka previous year.