The last few months have been pretty somber for South Africa’s Dale Steyn. After a fantastic ODI series against India, Steyn had to miss the majority of the test series, and against England as well, Steyn featured in just one test. However, the lethal pacer is now fully fit and is ready to take on Australia in the upcoming 3 match T20I series.
“A hungry, fit, energised Dale is a massive plus for us,” South Africa’s coach, Russel Domingo said. “He hasn’t played for a long period of time now and he has come here with a great attitude. He is desperate to play, desperate to do well. He wants to win a World Cup. He wants to be involved in all formats of the game so his energy levels are right up there. “His skills are always going to be there. It’s about making sure the hunger and the passion is there and he definitely has that at the moment,” he added.
One individual, though, who benefitted in Steyn’s absence was seamer Kyle Abbott, who got an extended run. Abbott did exceptionally well for South Africa in the shorter formats and his outings against India and England yielded some positive results. “I always feel like a bowler that needs to bowl a lot and get into rhythms. To play one game in a series is tough,” Abbott said. “To get an extended run has really built my confidence.”
“Sometimes it’s just gut feel at the top of your mark. Faf is excellent with that – understanding what a batsman is going to do and then narrowing down our options of what to bowl,” Abbott said.