Steyn replaces resting Amla

08 June 2018 03:15:55 EST

South Africa fast-bowler Dale Steyn is to cover for the injury absence of his compatriot Hashim Amla at Hampshire this month.

Proteas batsman Amla suffered a minor knee injury in May and, after returning home recently for fitness testing and medical screening with the national side, the decision was made to allow him to rest and recover for July's Test series against Sri Lanka.

Instead fast bowler Steyn - who made his club debut in the high-scoring Royal London Cup defeat to Somerset this week - will now be available for the two County Championship matches later this month against Yorkshire and Lancashire in his place, plus this weekend's fixture with Surrey.

"I can't say enough positive things about Hashim. He made a brilliant impression and he's been outstanding throughout that time spent with us, both through his engagement with the club and our young players, as well as the experience and skill he offered with the bat," said Hants director of cricket Giles White.

"It's easy to see why he's so well regarded around the world and one of the greats of our era. We wish him well against Sri Lanka and, hopefully, one day we'll see him back in Hampshire colours."

Thirty-five-year-old Amla topped the list of Division One runmaking charts after the opening five fixtures of the County Championship with 492 runs, including two hundreds and three 50s.

Hampshire are priced at 50/1 to win County Championship Division One this summer, with Surrey available at 1/4 and Lancashire 100/1.

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