Focus on Dale Steyn as South Africa take on Australia
There are very few pacers around who contribute in making the sport a richer entity. South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn is definitely one such pacer, who has made cricket a far richer sport with his zealous displays. After missing out from the tri-series in the Caribbean, where he was rested, the Cape Town-based pacer is back to represent South Africa in ODI’s.
With the ODI’s against Australia set to commence from the 30th of September at Centurion, the spotlight is bound to remain on Steyn. Steyn last played an ODI in October last year against India at Mumbai. Injuries have marred his progress but keeping his past behind, the express pacer is eager to make his chances count. Ahead of the first ODI, skipper Faf du Plessis said that Steyn was a colossal asset for the Proteas.
Faf said that Steyn’s biggest weapon was to instil fear into the batsmen. “The fear that he puts into opposition, just the name itself – you only have a few guys around the world who can do that,” du Plessis said. “His skill and experience is something you can’t get overnight. If Dale is fit and 100% and wants to bowl quick, he is an extremely big asset.”
“Dale’s personality sometimes is a bit cranky, that’s why you see that fire when he gets a wicket and that’s why we love him like that,” du Plessis said. “I think when he came back, felt like he needed to prove a point. He is the No. 1 bowler in the world. If you don’t produce the goods regularly, people are going to ask questions and that comes with its own pressures. Now he is back in the one-day team and he will try and make a huge impact and try and show everyone that one-day cricket is still a big part of his future.”
Australian captain Steve Smith was cautious about Steyn, and termed him as a “class bowler”. “He’s a class bowler and has been for a long time,” Smith said. “I watched the Test series against New Zealand, where he was almost back to his best. I think he’s been left out of their one-day side for a while, so he’s probably out to prove a point.”
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