Rabada, Steyn on track to play WC opener against England

15th May, 2019 10:25:29 printer

Dale Steyn and Kagiso Rabada will both play in South Africa’s World Cup opener against England on May 30. Despite injuries to both quicks that cut short their IPL stints, that was the message from coach Ottis Gibson as South Africa embarked on a week-long camp ahead of their departure for England on May 19, reports Espncricinfo.

“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.”

“Excellent” was the word Gibson used to describe the mood in his camp. “We’ve been away from each other, all over the world and so on,” he said. “To have everybody back is awesome. The fact that the guys who played in the IPL final also turned up in good health is also very nice.

“One thing I really enjoy about this group is, when we come together, we really come together.  There was all sorts of ‘bromance’ and hugging and people connecting with each other going on last night. We waited for the IPL guys to get off the plane about 4 O’clock yesterday, and we had a nice little session. We went for a team meal last night and got together and started our conversations around how we’re going to approach the World Cup journey.”