Phalaborwa express ready to roll

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is set to make his return to action in the T20 international against Bangladesh on Wednesday.

Steyn, the ICC Test player of the year, missed the two-match series against Kenya which ended on Sunday after suffering from a virus.

The return of Steyn will come as a much needed boost to the Proteas with the performances of their main strike bowlers a concern against Kenya.

Media manager, Michael Owen-Smith confirmed Steyn was 100% medically fit but needed to build up his match fitness.

Meanwhile, captain Graeme Smith, who is recovering from tennis elbow, will not be involved in Wednesday’s T20 international, but is hoping to be back in action in the first ODI in Potchefstroom on Friday.

Owen-Smith said Smith had not yet batted in the nets but had been “shadow batting” during the South African team’s camp in Kimberley last week.

“Graeme is keen to get back on the field in the one-day games but it depends on the medical team. He will definitely play in the Test series.”

Both Steyn and Smith’s involvement are paramount to South Africa’s prospects of claiming their first ever Test series win over Australia in Australia when the two sides clash next month.

Bangladesh tour of South Africa:

5 Nov – T20 International, Johannesburg.
7 Nov – 1st ODI, Potchefstroom.
9 Nov – 2nd ODI, Benoni.
12 Nov 3rd ODI, East London.
15-16 Nov – Two-day match v SA Airways XI, Kimberley.
19-23 Nov – 1st Test, Bloemfontein.
26-30 Nov – 2nd Test, Centurion.