South Africa’s one of the finest fast bowlers, Dale Steyn who declared himself fit in the last week after a long break due to injury, won’t probably play in the upcoming Test series against Bangladesh.
According to the schedule, the two-match Test series between Bangladesh and South Africa will be started with the first match on 28th September in Potchefstoom and Steyn was going to play in that.
But recently the speed-star has ruled himself out of the opening round of first-class fixtures next week and with that the hopes of his availability for the Bangladesh Test series have been dashed.
Steyn was hoping to start playing again with the Titans’ match against the Dolphins on Tuesday but has decided not to play in that as the load of a four-day match will be too much for a cricketer who has been out from any sort of cricket since last November.
The right-arm fast bowler told ESPNcricinfo on Thursday, “I’ve decided not to play 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.”
He added, “Playing the four-day game would have given me a chance for selection in the Tests 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.”
Speed-star also said, “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+ overs was a bit of a risk. It sucks, but I want to play for a few more years, not just till then end of October.”
Dale Steyn concluded, “It’s been a frustrating time, but I want to play for a few more years and I’m confident I will. The longer stuff is too much right now, so we wait for possibly the white ball to come around.”