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.
Simply unplayable! Fast bowling at its absolute best from the great Dale Steyn, who turns 35 today pic.twitter.com/U1U2kcqbbI— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) June 27, 2018
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.
Hello, Ashish Peter and the rest of the Sport360 team are in place to provide you with the latest news, comment and analysis on all things cricket.
Our daily blog will ensure you have all the latest updates throughout your day and the week but we want you to get involved, too.
Tell us your thoughts on what’s happening by tweeting @Sport360.
9:45 pm – Jos Buttler ready to move down the order
England’s in-form batsman Jos Buttler said he is willing to bat lower in the order to help his team-mates after India spinner Kuldeep Yadav ripped through the line-up on Tuesday.
“Whether that’s me opening forever, I don’t know…I’d hope to retain the flexibility,” Buttler said
Full story here.
8:40 pm – Bangladesh shot out for 43
West Indies pacer Kemar Roach picked up five wickets for just eight runs in the Antigua Test as Bangladesh were bowled out for just 43 – their lowest in history.
Bangladesh batsmen struggled to put bat to ball on a green-top in Antigua and were bowled out inside 20 overs on Day One.
For more, click here.
8:00 pm – KL Rahul can’t be dropped
India batsman KL Rahul has all but cemented his place in the limited overs team after his brilliant century in the first T20 against England.
Rahul is the most in-form batsman in the Indian team at the moment and the management must make the most of his purple patch.
That and other things learned from India’s win in Manchester.
5:30pm – Australia close in on Pakistan in latest T20I rankings
Pakistan’s crushing nine-wicket loss to Australia in the T20 tri-series has cost them two rating points in the latest team rankings released by the ICC on Wednesday. Sarfraz Ahmed’s men still remain the top ranked team in the T20 format with 129 points although Australia have narrowed the gap to just three points with their big win.
Click here for the full story on where the top sides stand currently in T20I cricket.
3:30pm – Pakistan seal place in T20 tri-series final with win over Zimbabwe
At Harare, Pakistan have completed a seven-wicket win with five deliveries to spare. The win means Pakistan will meet Australia in the final of the tournament on Sunday while the hosts’ hopes have been vanquished. Fakhar Zaman and Hussain Talat starred in the chase of 163 with knocks of 47 and 44 respectively.
To read Sport360’s talking points from Pakistan’s win, click here.
2:30pm – Ambati Rayudu still dreaming of India comeback
Ambati Rayudu’s dreams of a recall to the India ODI side seemed to have been fulfilled after he was picked in the squad for the tour of England. However, a failure to clear the Yo-Yo test put paid to his comeback hopes with Suresh Raina replacing him in the India side.
Despite that failure, Rayudu is still hoping to make a comeback into the Indian side. Read what the Chennai Super Kings batsman had to say in the full story here.
1:30pm – Zimbabwe set Pakistan a target of 163 runs in T20 tri-series clash
Zimbabwe’s innings at the Harare Sports Club has drawn to a close with the hosts posting 162-4 on the board. Opener Solomon Mire was the hero for the hosts with a sensational knock of 94 which is the highest by by Zimbabwe batsman in the format. Pakistan will need to get 163 runs if they want to book a place in the final of the tournament.
The visitors will begin their innings shortly. Keep following the latest ball-by-ball updates from this clash here.
12:40pm – David Warner set for captaincy role
David Warner might have been barred for a lifetime from all leadership positions by Cricket Australia but that has not stopped Global T20 Canada outfit Winnipeg Hawks who are set to appoint the left-hander as their captain. Warner is set to replace Dwayne Bravo in the role after the West Indies all-rounder pulled out of the tournament.
Read more on this breaking story by clicking here.
11:30am – Pakistan bowl first in T20 tri-series clash against Zimbabwe
At Harare, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and elected to bowl first in the T20 clash against hosts Zimbabwe. Pakistan will seal a place in the final of the tournament should they win and they have made a couple of changes to the side that tasted a nine-wicket loss to Australia. Mohammad Amir is one of the players who comes in with Usman Khan making way for the pace spearhead.
Follow the latest ball-by-ball updates from this T20 clash by clicking here.
10:30am – Pakistan look to seal place in final of the T20 tri-series
Pakistan will lock horns with hosts Zimbabwe for the second time in the T20 tri-series at Harare on Wednesday. Both sides come into the game on the back of crushing losses to Australia. While the hosts need to win at all costs to keep their hopes of making the final alive, Pakistan could seal their place in the summit clash with a victory on Wednesday.
For Pakistan team news ahead of the T20 clash, click here.
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.
Lowest Test totals since 2000...— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) July 4, 2018
43 - by Bangladesh v WI today
45 - by New Zealand v SAf 2013
47 - by West Indies v Eng 2004
47 - by Australia v SAf 2011
49 - by Pakistan v SAf 2013#WIvBan
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.
Miguel Cummins chipped in with three wickets before Windies captain Jason Holder took the final two scalps as the tourists were left in complete disarray.