Steyn ruled out of England tour

15 May 2017 09:49:09 EST

Injury-stricken fast bowler Dale Steyn has ruled himself out of South Africa's Test series in England later this summer due to ongoing shoulder problems.

The 33-year-old paceman has not featured on the international stage since November 2016, when he broke down during the first Test against Australia at the WACA in Perth.

My recovery is going well, but it is taking a little longer than I expected it to.

Dale Steyn

He had previously missed a majority of the England tour of South Africa nearly 12 months earlier and he is still struggling to make a full recovery from the issues in his right shoulder.

And Steyn has admitted defeat in his efforts to feature in England this summer, instead turning his attentions to a home series against Bangladesh which starts in September.

He said at the CSA Annual Awards Dinner on Saturday evening: "My recovery is going well, but it is taking a little longer than I expected it to.

"I am able to do a lot of things, like running, hiking and gym work, but bowling is not one of them and I won't be ready in time (for England).

"We have to understand that fast bowling is not something normal people do, so it's going to take time.

"Normal people do things mostly below the shoulder line; it's unusual to have something above the line except for things like bowling and tennis."

Steyn has played in 85 Test matches to date, taking 417 wickets at an average of 22.30 and a stunning strikerate of 41.4, with his wicket tally just four short of the national record held by Shaun Pollock.

Meanwhile, the Proteas are 1212/1 to win the ICC Champions Trophy in England in June, with New Zealand priced at 1212/1 and Australia 1212/1.

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