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Rabada to replace injured Steyn for South Africa

January 01, 2016 17:32 IST

Kagiso Rabada

IMAGE: South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates. Photograph: BCCI

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn will miss the second Test against England, which starts at Newlands on Saturday, after failing to recover from a shoulder injury, captain Hashim Amla said.

He will be replaced by Kagiso Rabada while Quinton de Kock is likely to return as wicketkeeper, having been dropped for the last five tests, Amla added but said a final decision had still to be to be taken.

England won the opening Test by 241 runs at Kingsmead in Durban on Wednesday.

De Kock’s return would take pressure off AB de Villiers, who returned behind the stumps for the Durban Test but looked pressured with the burden of extra work.

Kyle Abbott, who reported stiffness in his hamstring on Wednesday, must face a fitness test to determine whether he stays in the side or is replaced by Chris Morris or Hardus Viljoen, neither of whom have played Test cricket.

Steyn hurt his shoulder in the first Test and could bowl only 22 balls in the second innings. Rabada only made his debut in November in India and in three Tests took two wickets for 111 runs.

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