Steyn wants another county stint
LONDON – Dale Steyn hopes to return to Hampshire next summer after a successful stint with the county.
The South Africa fast bowler took 20 wickets in five County Championship appearances.
The 35-year-old has returned home before the end of the season to prepare for his country’s Oneday series against Zimbabwe later this month.
“I’ve really enjoyed playing here, but I’ve still got a lot to offer in international cricket,” Steyn said.
“There’s 500 Test wickets and 100 Test appearances that I would still like to achieve.
“But the reality is they’re both going to be quite difficult to achieve and will take me some time, possibly another two-andhalf years.
“Will South Africa still want to pick a 38-year-old by then? I don’t know.”
Another County spell likely
Steyn is centrally contracted with Cricket South Africa until July, after the 2019 World Cup, and feels another spell in county cricket could follow it.
“I think [county cricket] will always be waiting for me,” he told BBC Radio Solent. “I love playing cricket all year round, that’s what I do.
“It’s nothing to do with any other decision than continually playing and if I’m not going to be plying my trade with South Africa, then why not here?”
The right-armer took 13 wickets in Hampshire’s last two crucial Division One victories, which look to have eased their relegation worries.
Steyn is one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time. He has 421 wickets in just 88 matches at an average of just 22 with a phenomenal strike rate of a wicket every 42 balls.