Steyn wants an­other county stint

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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.

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