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Dale Steyn eyes T20 World Cup and new role in SA team


South Africa’s seasoned pace campaigner Dale Steyn is focusing on the forthcoming ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Australia this year. 

Steyn returns in Proteas T20 squad

Steyn, 36, drew curtain of his Test career in August with 439 wickets in 93 matches beside his name has said his goal is to play in the T20 World Cup in October.

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“With Test cricket, the workload was too much as I want to extend my career for as long as I can,” Steyn told on Tuesday.

“In Test cricket you can bowl 20 overs in a day, that is five T20s, so it was a smart decision.

“I love playing cricket, right now I wake up every morning and I can’t see myself doing anything else,” he added.

“As long as the desire is still there to play at the highest level, to get batters out and out-smart them once I have decided I don’t want that I will walk away,”

Steyn said.

One of the greatest quick bowlers South Africa have ever produced, Dale Steyn is all set to appear in his first T20I since March 2019 as he was laid down by long lasting shoulder injuries and rehabilitation process.

But the ace pacer said he is still experimenting new ways to get batsmen out instead of being defensive.

“I want to keep experimenting and trying to change my game,” he said.

“If I’m only going to play one more match I want to take a wicket with every ball, not try and defend a boundary.”

Mentioning his new role in the team as an experienced cricketer, Steyn said he is eager to make youngsters to learn something.

“This is a young group of players and my role is to orchestrate the bowling attack a little bit,” Steyn said.

“I want to stand at mid-off and say to the bowler, what are you thinking? and hopefully they can learn and get better.

“You want to win every game, obviously, but right now it is more about learning. If we win the World Cup, nobody is going to care if we lost to England in February,” he added.

 

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