Cricket: South Africa rest Steyn for Sri Lanka tour

JOHANNESBURG, July 4, 2013 (AFP) – Star South African fast bowler Dale Steyn was excluded from two national squads Thursday for an 18-day tour of Sri Lanka. T20

Faf du Plessis (capt), Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Imran Tahir, Rory Kleinveldt, Ryan McLaren, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Aaron Phangiso, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, David Wiese The Proteas play five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches between July 20 and August 6 in capital city Colombo, Kandy and Hambantota.

“We are resting Steyn as we have a very important and crowded Test season ahead,” Cricket South Africa selection convener Andrew Hudson told reporters in Johannesburg.

“We want to be absolutely certain that Dale, as the leader of our attack, is properly rested and fit.

“Graeme Smith could not be considered because of his long-term recovery process following surgery.”

Steyn helped South Africa reach the ICC Champions Trophy semi-finals in England last month, while a recurring ankle injury sidelined star batsman Smith.

The tour marks the debut of new Proteas coach Russell Domingo and he will be in