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'Steyn, Rabada on track to full recovery before WC'

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has said that premier fast bowlers and Rabada are on track to be available for slated to be held in England and from May 30.

Rabada, who was one of the stand-out performers in the just-concluded IPL where he picked up 25 wickets in 12 matches for Delhi Capitals, had to return before the playoffs after suffering from a stiff back.

On the other hand, Steyn had come midway into the tournament for the Royal Challengers as a replacement player, but he could only last two matches before a forced him to return to and put doubts over his participation.

However, now Gibson believes their are "not alarming".

"There was an issue with KG (Rabada) and there was an issue with Dale, but we feel that those guys are on track," Gibson was quoted as saying on Tuesday by Sport24.

"There is nothing that people should be alarmed about. We feel that they're going to make full recoveries and be able to take their place at the World Cup," he added.

The Proteas also said that there were enough youngsters in the squad who had not been tainted by the past experiences that have haunted this side for two decades when it comes to major tournaments.

"It's a fresh start for us. We're going to together and it's my first time with the team," said Gibson.

"The language that we have been using now is the same that we've been using for the last 18 months and it's one of positivity.

"What's gone on in the past is gone. We're not taking any of it into with us ... we're going in with it being a new adventure for us. We've got a lot of guys who are playing their first World Cup and we want to make it special for them," he added.

will face hosts England in the tournament opener on May 30 at The Oval.

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 13:36 IST
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