The hugely unlucky Dale Steyn received a rare boost on Wednesday after it was revealed that his groin injury isn’t too serious.
The Proteas quick, currently South Africa’s joint leading wicket-taker in Tests, only bowled 11 overs in English county Hampshire’s latest domestic four-day match before trudging off.
It was feared that the 35-year-old, who spent more than a year on the sidelines with a shoulder injury previously, would be set for another substantial period of inactivity.
National team management, however, confirmed that the injury is only a grade one strain, meaning Steyn’s recovery period is estimated at 10 to 14 days.
He’s hoping to play on September 4 again.
Steyn has recently said consistently that he wants to play Test cricket as long as possible, with the magical 500 wicket target a huge motivation.
He’s also tentatively stated that he’d like to be in next year’s World Cup squad but he’s down the pecking order currently in the white-ball format.