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Steyn return to be carefully managed

The fast bowler pulled out of yesterday's warm up match because of a recurring hamstring strain.

Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn pulled out of yesterday's warm up match because of a recurring hamstring strain. Picture: AFP.

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas team manager Mohammed Moosajee on Wednesday told EWN Sport that Dale Steyn will not be rushed back into the starting eleven.

The fast bowler pulled out of yesterday's warm up match against Bangladesh 'A' because of a recurring hamstring strain.

"Dale has mildly aggravated his previous right hamstring strain. After the third ball in his second spell, he felt some tightness and as a precaution, we decided to take him off."

Moosajee says a strict rehabilitation plan could see Steyn return to the squad for Saturday's International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 opener against Pakistan.

"Currently, he's receiving treatment from the physiotherapist Brandon Jackson. He will undergo a rehab programme and we're hopeful that over the next three days, we can give him the best possible chance of being selected for the first game."

The team manager says Steyn's return needs to be a measure one.

"We've got four games in eight days. We need to be cautious as well as conservative. It's no use risking him for the first game and then losing him for the tournament. At the same time, if he ticks all the boxes, undergoes a fitness test, is symptom free and he can get his pace up to where we want him to be, there's no reason why he can't play."

Moosajee says if Steyn cannot return to fitness in time, the Proteas have adequate cover.

"We've got five pacemen in the squad: Morne Morkel, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, Wayne Parnell as well as Beuran Hendricks who could fill in for whoever needs to play."