In what can be termed as great news for South Africa, ace pacer Dale Steyn is on the verge of being fully fit for the upcoming test series against England. Steyn was badly missed by the Proteas when they were recently routed 3-0 by India. Steyn is by far the best pacer in world cricket and his skills are an unparalleled asset for the South Africans.
Dr Mohammed Moosajee, South Africa’s team manager confirmed that Steyn was on track for the test series. “Dale has put a lot of work into his training and rehab since his return from India so we are very happy to have him back from injury,” he said.
“He was put through a thorough fitness test on Thursday by Cape Cobras physiotherapist, Shane Jabaar, which included two bowling spells at match intensity, fielding drills, sprints and agility tests. He came through the tests without any discomfort and will be available for selection for the first Test match against England starting in Durban next week,” Moosajee added.
On the other hand, former South African captain Graeme Smith said that Steyn is in a league of his own and should not be compared to James Anderson. “I don’t think there is a match-up,” Smith told ESPNcricinfo. “Dale Steyn is by far the best fast bowler in the world, to me, the fastest to 400 wickets, he’s performed all around the world, not only in swinging conditions. For me there’s no greater bowler in the world that gets a sniff and is able to create an opportunity and win a game for a team.”