Last chance for South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn to prove he's still got it

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South Africa pace ace Dale Steyn is back. The 35-year-old fast bowler’s career seemed as good as over following yet another lengthy stint on the sidelines.

He injured his heel earlier in the year during the Newlands Test against India. This after making a comeback after more than a year away due to serious shoulder and hamstring injury.

It seemed Steyn’s body, which a few years back rarely broke down completely, was now refusing to budge. South Africa themselves have moved on from the Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel era. It’s now the time of Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi. But Steyn’s not done yet.

In an interview to ESPNCricinfo, Steyn said he wants to play 100 Tests and take 500 wickets. He is on 419 wickets from 86 matches. He will get a chance to add to that tally during the two-Test series in Sri Lanka which begins on July 12.

Steyn should get to play the first Test as he has shown great durability over the last month. Playing for Hampshire in England, Steyn played two first-class matches and three List A games in June alone. That’s a lot of overs even if he is not bowling at 90mph.

He also dismissed India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara for a duck on successive occasions.

Overs in his legs and shoulders put Steyn in the ideal position to demand a place in the South African Test team. However, the management will be wary of expecting too much from him and that too in the heat of Sri Lanka as Steyn has broken down on more than occasion in the last two seasons.

It is up to Steyn to show the recovery work he has undertaken allows him undertake the rigours of Test cricket. Because if it doesn’t work out this time, there might not be another chance.

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Kemar Roach picked up 5-8 against Bangladesh.

West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach finished with outstanding figures of 5-8 as Bangladesh were bowled out for 43 before lunch of the Antigua Test on Wednesday.

The total is the sixth lowest in the history of Test cricket. The lowest score is 26 made by New Zealand against England in the 1955 Auckland Test. South Africa have been bowled out twice for 30, once for 35 and again for 36. New Zealand, Australia and India have all be dismissed for 42 in Tests with Bangladesh’s total of 43 the sixth lowest total in Tests and 10th in the overall table.

Bangladesh were skittled for 43 before lunch on the opening day at North Sound. The score is the lowest innings in 44 years in Tests.

Roach wreaked havoc with his opening burst, removing key men Mushfiqur Rahim, Tigers captain Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah in the space of four devastating deliveries.

Only opener Liton Das provided any sort of ballast and his 25 meant he was the only one to reach double figures as Bangladesh were put out of their misery in 18.4 overs.

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