South Africa fought back on the second morning of the first Test against Australia at the WACA on Friday‚ but they also suffered the potentially crippling loss of Dale Steyn to injury.
Steyn clutched his shoulder immediately after bowling the fourth delivery of his 13th over of the innings and his seventh of the day.
He sank to his haunches and left the field after consulting with team physiotherapist Brandon Jackson.
Minutes later‚ Steyn was seen in the dressingroom with his shoulder — the same one he broke in December during the series against England — heavily strapped.
Team management said Steyn had “aggravated an old right shoulder injury” and had “gone to the hospital for further investigations”.
Australia reached lunch on 181/3 in reply to South Africa’s first innings of 242.
The home side resumed on 105 without loss and David Warner‚ who was 73 not out‚ seemingly locked and loaded for a century.
But midway through a session in which South Africa’s bowlers rediscovered the discipline they had misplaced on Thursday‚ Warner angled his bat to guide Steyn through point and instead steered a catch to Hashim Amla at slip.
Warner’s 97 was studded with 16 fours and a six‚ and came off 100 balls.
His dismissal ended a stand of 158 he shared with Shaun Marsh.
Five overs later‚ Kagiso Rabada‚ going around the wicket to Usman Khawaja‚ produced a wickedly swinging delivery that sent the left-hander’s off-stump flying into the outfield.
Debutant left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj removed Steve Smith for a four-ball duck with a delivery that struck the batsman’s pad well down the pitch and that‚ replays showed‚ would only just have clipped the stumps.
With what became the last ball before lunch Vernon Philander trapped Marsh in front for 63 with a delivery that seamed into the left-hander.
Adam Voges was 10 not out.
— TMG Sport