Amla unsure of Steyn availability


South Africa captain Hashim Amla is unsure if premier paceman Dale Steyn will be fit to return in the third Test against in Nagpur India next week.

The world's top-ranked Test bowler was ruled out of the second Test in Bangalore with a groin problem sustained during the opening-match defeat in Mohali.

Only one day was possible in the second Test owing to rain, so India remain 1-0 up in the series with two games to play.

Skipper Amla was asked for an update on Steyn's fitness after the final day was washed out, but was unable to shed any light.

"I'm not 100 per cent sure what the exact prognosis is, but it would be great if he is ready for the next Test," he said. "It would be great to have the world's number one bowler back in our team.

"If he was fully fit he would have played this Test. So I don't think he is fully fit at the moment. I don't know, I'm not sure, I haven't touched base with the physio as yet.

"I didn't want to until this game is done, which it is now. In the coming days, we will probably have a better idea."

India dominated day one in Bangalore, bowling the Proteas out for 214 and then reaching 80-0 at stumps.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja did the damage once again and Amla knows the tourists must address the problems they have had against the spinners without dwelling on them too much.

"We've had a lot of time to reflect, but we don't want to over-reflect," he added.

"It's pretty simple: you try and be as positive as possible and sometimes it was the lack of turn that outdid us.

"You don't overdo it, you try and keep the game as simple as possible. We've had three innings that haven't gone to our plan and I am sure in the Nagpur Test, hopefully we come good.

"We have talked about it, but you can't over talk about something and complicate it more than it is."