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Steyn out for six months

Steyn out for six months
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The 33-year-old Steyn returned home for the operation in Cape Town, which was performed on Thursday, and had a screw inserted in his right shoulder blade.

Johannesburg: South Africa's fast bowler Dale Steyn has undergone surgery and will be out for at least six months after breaking a bone in his shoulder in the first Test in Australia earlier this month, Cricket South Africa said on Sunday.

The 33-year-old Steyn returned home for the operation in Cape Town, which was performed on Thursday, and had a screw inserted in his right shoulder blade.

South African team manager Mohammed Moosajee said he will be out for a minimum of six months before he can even attempt to bowl again.

Steyn, who is just four wickets shy of Shaun Pollock, South Africa’s most successful Test bowler, suffered the fracture while bowling on the second morning of the first Test win over Australia in Perth.

Steyn missed almost all of the series defeat against England after injuring himself in the first Test in Durban last December.

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