Steyn opts to go ‘club­bing’

Business Day - - SPORT - Telford Vice Cape Town /TimesLIVE

Here is hop­ing the Ti­tans’ team sheet for their first-class match against the Dol­phins in Cen­tu­rion next week was filled out in pen­cil. Dale Steyn’s name was among them when the team was picked. Now it is not.

“I’ve de­cided not to play‚” Steyn said on Thurs­day.

“Right now I’m bowl­ing fine but I haven’t hit the full work­load I’d need to han­dle four-day cricket or a Test‚ so I de­cided it was best not to play.”

Steyn has been side­lined since frac­tur­ing his shoul­der while bowl­ing for SA against Aus­tralia in a Test in Perth in Novem­ber 2016.

Af­ter months of re­cov­ery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion he had hoped to play in Tues­day’s match to stake a claim for the Test se­ries against Bangladesh that starts in Potchef­stroom on Septem­ber 28. In­stead‚ he will seek out less tax­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to ease him­self back into the in­ter­na­tional frame.

“Play­ing the four-day game would have given me a chance for se­lec­tion in the Tests‚” Steyn said. “But I don’t want to put my­self or the team in a po­si­tion where I pull up again. Some shorter cricket might be the bet­ter an­swer for a rein­tro­duc­tion.

“As there’s noth­ing like that do­mes­ti­cally right now I might just play some club stuff in Pre­to­ria or Cape Town.

“It doesn’t re­ally mat­ter to me at what level it is — I just need some cricket and I thought go­ing from noth­ing to pos­si­bly bowl­ing 30-plus overs was a bit of a risk,” Steyn said.

That is all very well for Steyn and SA’s team‚ but you might stroll out to the mid­dle to have a bat in what you think is a friendly pre­sea­son club game in Pre­to­ria or Cape Town one of these spring week­ends and see a star­tlingly fa­mil­iar fig­ure …

Could it be him?

Dale Steyn

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