Rabada, Steyn recovery on track for World Cup, says SA coach

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Shrugging aside any concerns about his premier pace bowlers, the South Africa cricket team coach Ottis Gibson has said that both his pacers are fit for the ICC World Cup-2019.

The South Africa coach said that Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn are expected to recover in time South Africa’s World Cup 2019 opener against England on May 30.

In the recently concluded Indian premier League 2019, Rabada was one of the stand-out performers taking 25 wickets in 12 matches until a stiff back ruled him out before the playoffs.

Dale Steyn was flown in mid-way through the tournament by Royal Challengers Bangalore as a replacement player, but he could only last two matches before a shoulder injury forced him to return to South Africa and put doubts over his World Cup participation.

But Gibson reckons their injuries aren’t anything for people to be ‘alarmed about’.

“There was an issue with KG [Rabada] and there was an issue with Dale, but we feel that those guys are on track,” Gibson said. “There’s nothing that people should be alarmed about. They’re going to both make full recoveries and be able to take their place at the World Cup.”

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