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Dale Steyn: “I don’t see myself playing white ball cricket for South Africa”

South African veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn, who has been suffering from injuries for the past two years, is looking forward to retiring from limited-overs cricket following the World Cup 2019 in England. Although he wishes to play more in Test cricket. He said that he will continue to play in Test cricket even after the 2019 World Cup.

Steyn said on Thursday, “I will try to go to the World Cup in England but after that I do not think I will play cricket with a white ball for South Africa. As long as the next World Cup comes, I will be 40 years old. ‘They hope that their experience will help them make a place in the World Cup team.

“If you look at South Africa’s batting line-up, then our top six players have played 1000 matches but lower half – from eight to eleven who are currently playing – not even 150 games. You need to draw on experience. “I hope that will be my trump card when the selection comes to the World Cup. I may not necessarily play all the time. But I think my experience will help with me just being there,” he said.

On Test Cricket Dale Steyn Said:

“When it comes to Test cricket, I would like to play as long as possible. I have finally come out of a cloud of injuries. I broke my shoulder and in my first game on return (against India) I landed in a foothold. It was rotten luck.

“It’s quite difficult to come back from a broken shoulder, especially with your bowling arm. I feel that’s (injury) gone and I am fit. I played two Test matches without an injury (against Sri Lanka recently), bowled at good pace and never went off the field because of niggles. It’s a big plus,” he added.

Steyn struggled for wickets and got one each in the two innings of the opening Test and none in the second. “Wickets is something that’s not guaranteed. I am happy I came out 100 per cent (fitness wise). That’s the biggest cloud I have gotten over, especially after the last two years,” he explained.

Dale Steyn Stats

  M Inn Wkts Eco Avg 5W 10W
Test 88 161 421 3.2 22.6 26 5
ODI 116 115 180 4.9 26.6 3 0
T20I 42 42 58 6.7 17.4 0 0


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