Steyn to consider future after T20 World Cup
South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn said he wants to play in the 2020 T20 World Cup, and will consider his Proteas future only after that.
The 36-year-old has been included in the squad for the three-match T20 series against England, and it will be his first T20I appearance since March 2019 when he had played against Sri Lanka.
“I think I’ve played most of my cricket in my life for South Africa so it’s always good to come back into this dressing room,” said Steyn on Tuesday (February 11) ahead of the T20I series opener at Buffalo Park on Wednesday.
Steyn ended his white-uniform career in August last year having taken 439 wickets in 93 matches. He says his only goal for now is to play in the T20 World Cup in October.
“With Test cricket, the workload was too much as I want to extend my career for as long as I can. In Test cricket you can bowl 20 overs in a day, that is five T20s, so it was a smart decision.”
Steyn also clarified that though he is not thinking anything yet, he may consider his international career future following the T20 World Cup.
“Maybe this one would be a nice one to go and finish on and reassess after the end of this year,” Steyn said. Then I can figure out what I want to do.”
While Steyn knows it is desirable to win every matches, he is of the opinion to give more emphasis on learning at the moment.
“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.”