Steyn looks doubtful again, De Lange has extended session

Steyn did not take part in any training. He was also not seen wearing his bowling spikes, as the South African pacer spent time walking around in normal training shoes.

Dale Steynunderwent one round of fitness test on Tuesday but the result was not known.   -  AP

Bad news continued to haunt South African team as Dale Steyn skipped Tuesday’s net session. The pace spearhead sustained a groin injury during the first Test against India in Mohali. Kyle Abbott and Steyn’s replacement, Marchant de Lange, had extended indicating ahead of the fourth and final Test at Delhi.

Steyn did not take part in any training. He was also not seen wearing his bowling spikes, as the South African pacer spent time walking around in normal training shoes.

The 32-year-old underwent one round of fitness test on Tuesday but the result was not known.

Steyn spent a lot of time with talented Delhi all-rounder Sarang Rawat, who made his first-class debut this season. Sarang was one of the net bowlers.

“He gave me a lot of tips about wrist positioning and how I could improve my speed by strengthening the lower body. It was like a dream speaking to him,” said the 21-year-old.

South African assistant coach Adrian Birrell also did not shed any light on Steyn’s availability.

“He is still nursing a little bit of groin injury. You know with fast bowlers, groin takes a little more time to get right. We need him a hundred percent before we play him in a Test match. He will undergo another round of fitness Test tomorrow to make sure whether he is hundred percent before a decision is made,” Birrell said.