Dale Steyn aims ‘century’
South Africa speed star Dale Steyn who has been plagued by injuries over the past couple of years, is hopeful to complete a century by playing 100 matches in Test cricket. He has already played 86 matches and only 14 matches away from the milestone.
In a recent interview with Sky Sports Steyn said, “I’d love to play all formats. Like I said, I love playing cricket. I think Test cricket is the pinnacle. I’d love to try and play 100 Test matches, I don’t know whether I’ll get there. I’m at 86, so that’s about 14 more, but being a World Cup year, there’s a lot of white-ball emphasis right now. So I think we’ve only got five Tests until around this time next year.”
The 34-year old pacer also admitted that he would need minimum another 3 years to reach the 100 mark and Steyn believes he can do that. According to Steyn, he only needs mental strength as he has always been fit physically.
“So if I’m going to look to play the 100 Test matches, I’m going to be around for the next three years. That’s 38. I think I can do it. The body seems fine. I’ve always been fit. It’s a mental thing. How long do you actually want to do it for,” Steyn was quoted as saying by espncricinfo.
Meanwhile, Steyn who picked up 419 Test wickets at an impressive average of 22.32, has revealed that he is eager to play alongside an exciting crop of young fast bowlers coming through the ranks – Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. “[Kagiso] Rabada is so special. [Lungi] Ngidi’s coming through nicely. I just hope there’s a spot there for me when we get to Sri Lanka. In those conditions you’re always looking at playing possible two spinners. So good headache for the coach to have.”
He added, “When you get the opportunity to represent your country, you go and you make the most of it. I’m looking forward to going out there with some serious talent. The Proteas have someone to look forward to in Ngidi but Rabada’s been special for about two years no already. We all know that.”