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South Africa resting Dale Steyn for two one-day internationals against Pakistan

Dale Steyn: Played second Test against Pakistan despite hamstring strain

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South Africa have confirmed that pace spearhead Dale Steyn will be rested for the opening two one-day internationals against Pakistan.

Steyn helped the Proteas level the two-Test series in Dubai last week, but he will now return home ahead of the start of the one-day series in Sharjah on Wednesday.

The 30-year-old had been a doubt for the second Test after straining a hamstring during training, and he will now be given time to rest the injury before he returns to the UAE for the third clash in Abu Dhabi on November 6.

South Africa have also placed batsman Colin Ingram on standby as cover for Hashim Amla, who missed the second Test victory to attend the birth of his second child and has yet to fly back.

Meanwhile, former South Africa coach Gary Kirsten will rejoin the squad for part of the series as a batting "mentor".

The former Proteas opener will work with the batsmen for five days between the second and third matches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi respectively.

Kirsten coached India to World Cup success on home soil in 2011, and South Africa have brought him in to help the side prepare for the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

"Gary is a World Cup winning coach and it would be naive for us not to tap into his wisdom," said team manager Mohammed Moosajee.

"We have a crop of young batsmen in the squad we feel will gain a lot of insight from his vast batting experience and knowledge."