AB de Villiers and Dale Steyn are set to celebrate 10 years of Test cricket on the opening day of the first Test against the West Indies at SuperSport Park on Wednesday.
The pair made their Test debuts in 2004 against England at St Georges Park, exactly on December 17, and neither can believe that it’s already been 10 years.
‘It’s gone quickly,’ Steyn said. ‘We have been around the world to so many places and what amazes me is that I have only been to one 50-over World Cup in ten years.
‘Ten years have flown by, I don’t know what will happen with us or my career in the next three or four years. It’s been a great 10 years, I have loved every minute of it. It has been hard, I’ve enjoyed it but I’m looking forward to what is to follow; it’s not over yet.’
It seems a fitting coincidence that the pair should celebrate this milestone at the venue where their first-class cricket started. They made their debuts for Northerns against Western Province in 2003 as budding 19-year-olds, and have risen to the top of the World rankings with the team and individually in the last decade.
‘It certainly does (feel at home),’ De Villiers said. ‘I always get a good cheer from the crowd here. This is where my career started and I will never forget that. The fact that I don’t play here often hasn’t changed that; it’s always a huge honour playing here, I have played some of my best knocks at SuperSport Park. I’m really looking forward to this Test match.’