The veteran South African pacer Dale Steyn is focusing to feature in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 in Australia.
Dale Steyn is one of the most successful pacers in South African cricket history. To focus on the limited-overs cricket, Steyn has recently retired from Test cricket in last August.
In recent time, Steyn has faced many fitness issues. Before January 2018, Steyn missed out international cricket for more than one year due to the fitness issue. After January 2018, injury again forced him to miss out the international cricket for a while.
Dale Steyn was ready for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. But ahead of that tournament, he was fighting to recover from a shoulder injury. That injury ultimately forced him to miss the entire World Cup 2019 and that hugely hurt him.
In August 2019, Steyn announced his Test retirement to stretch his limited-overs career. The 36-year-old Steyn recently missed out the bilateral T20I series against the hosts India. While he believed that he was fit enough to feature in that series, the selectors have denied that thought.
The right-arm fast bowler still has the contract with the Cricket South Africa (CSA) for the limited-overs international cricket. Meanwhile, Dale Steyn has recently signed for the Melbourne Stars for the upcoming Big Bash League season (BBL 2019/20). Many believe that it is the part of his preparation for the next T20 World Cup as Australia will host the 2020 edition.
Representing South Africa is the only thing I’ve ever done for my whole career so far – Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn wants to represent his nation in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. He is desperate to win a World Cup medal for his country.
Steyn recently said according to ANA (African News Agency), “Obviously, the first prize is always to play for your country. Representing South Africa is the only thing I’ve ever done for my whole career so far, so to get back into that team is my top priority. Winning a World Cup medal for your country would be a big highlight.”
The CSA is strict on allowing the players for the overseas T20 leagues. However, Steyn has been allowed partly for the upcoming BBL edition due to his unavailability for the Test cricket. Steyn also believes that it is the sign that the selectors are serious on him for the future T20Is.
Steyn added, “They’re pretty tight on not allowing players to go and play in the Big Bash, but knowing that I’m not available for the Tests, wanting to keep me fit, and also having one eye on the T20 World Cup at the back-end of next year, they probably felt like it was a good call. This is great because it keeps me in the running for that World Cup. If I can go over to Australia and get some more experience in those conditions, that could be beneficial.”
Apart from playing 93 Tests and 125 ODIs, Steyn has also played 44 T20Is. The right-arm pacer has taken 61 T20I wickets apart from the 439 Test and 196 ODI wickets.