Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the third Test against England at the Wanderers due to the shoulder injury he sustained during the opening match of the series in Durban.

There had been encouraging updates about Steyn's fitness during the Newlands Test but doubts over his recovery came when he was ruled "50-50" at the conclusion of that match and required a second opinion from another specialist on the injury. He was not with the South Africa squad in Johannesburg on Monday, instead remaining in Cape Town where he underwent a further scan.

It continues a significant run of problems for Steyn, who has 406 wickets in 82 Tests, as he misses his fifth Test out of seven following a previous injury on the tour of India but South Africa coach Russell Domingo did not believe it pointed to a bleaker long-term future.

"I don't think it's the end of Dale Steyn," he said. "All players will experience some sort of niggles. He is a great athlete. He is as fit as they can come. We know he is a great bowler. He is the best bowler in the world. We haven't had him since the first Test in India tour and that has been disappointing."

Steyn's absence could mean that South Africa will field an unchanged attack at the Wanderers although Kyle Abbott, who missed Cape Town with a hamstring strain, is fit again and may return to the XI. South Africa's bowlers put in an impressive performance on the final day at Newlands to leave England battling for a draw with Dane Piedt, the offspinner, taking three wickets.

Courtesy Cricinfo