• Steyn must call the shots

    August 31, 2016 Dale Steyn ... it's my call

    There is a new maturity about Dale Steyn, and it indicates he is self-managing his undiminished excellence.

    Many commentators have debated whether he should be considering retirement, or perhaps dedicating himself to the lucrative commercial T20 leagues around the world which will ensure he will never have to go without a new surfboard.

    They cite his ever-increasing incidents of injury and waning influence on the match.

    Well, he put that to bed, in the second innings, particularly, of the New Zealand Test at Centurion, where he took 5-33, for eight in the match. Shaun Pollock enthused in the commentary box that Steyn’s performance was the best he had seen in ‘a very, very long time.’

    And Steyn himself said that while in the first innngs he struggled with his length (and still took 3-66), it all came right in the second. ‘It felt so good,’ he said. ‘It felt like the ball was on a piece of string and I could do what I wanted with it.’

    He also emphasised how much he was enjoying cricket, how much he loved bowling; so much so that when he was left out of the ODI series in the West Indies, he had to play T20s with Glamorgan, ‘just to get overs under my belt’.

    Still the selectors debate whether he should be in the ODI team, although they were slightly disingenuous when justifying his omission from the West Indies series by saying it was a spinners’ paradise and they didn’t want him sitting on the sidelines; and that he needed to be rested. From what? He played only one game in the IPL immediately before.

    He made an oblique sideswipe at their stance when he said, ‘Nothing is guaranteed; I can’t even make the ODI side at the moment …’

    Perhaps there are occasions when selectors do need to say, ‘We think you are doing too much’, but in this form, Steyn should call the shots. When the selectors sit down, the first thing they should do is give Steyn a call and ask, ‘which of these next matches do you fancy?’  Forget the Ireland series; that can be used for development, but he must have a role in the Australian ODI series to build up momentum for the Test series following.

    Steyn says that one day he will wake up and decide he doesn’t want to do it any more. But that should be his choice. Right now, the Proteas need him, not only for his skill, but for his inspiration and leadership. He needs six wickets to become the most prolific Test bowler in South African history. He deserves nothing less.

    Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

     



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    23 comments
    Dennis Scheepers
    Dennis Scheepers

    I said he must focus on tests and retire from t20 crikcket

    Moses Mathalise
    Moses Mathalise

    England were lucky that Steyn was injured coz I dont think Ben Stokes would have scored that double Hundred if #Steyn and #Philander were playing Lucky escape

    Ronnie Mulder Snr
    Ronnie Mulder Snr

    Accuracy is what is required. No middle-and-leg balls please.

    Hyrone Scheepers
    Hyrone Scheepers

    I think the reason for his loss of form previously was due to emotional conflict and loss of confidence, but since we struggled without him and Vern, they are determined to take the Proteas back to number 1 in tests. Those 2 are irreplaceable, and the pressure is off Kagiso now, so the trio will take us all the way to the top!

    Patrick Langa
    Patrick Langa

    A moment of silence for those who said Steyn was washed out and should retire.

    Delia White
    Delia White

    Steyn H'S definitely matured. ..He is THE MAN.

    Phuti Mojela
    Phuti Mojela

    The "Steyn remover" is back!!\U0001f44f\U0001f44f

    Tlotliso Koloi
    Tlotliso Koloi

    He still is the best in the world and SA must give him as much gametime as possible.

    Malcolm Naidoo
    Malcolm Naidoo

    let me firstly retract my words on previous posts... this dude came back and proved me wrong in a big way... he really showed us that he still has a lot more to offer the team. I think the "break" would have caused him to really consider his future and pull up his socks

    Ayanda Ace Gqomo
    Ayanda Ace Gqomo

    Why are you say No! No! No... I'm intrested in your opinion bro. Please consider my request.

    Thati Khunou
    Thati Khunou

    The Man is amazing, truly deserve to be celebrated! I wonder Minister of Sports is aware of this great Job at Cricket? ??

    Fani Wa Ntlele
    Fani Wa Ntlele

    The reason Proteas are at number 7 was purely because of him and Vernom injuries.. he has been superb and mature... imagine an attack that include Dale, Vernon, KG and Morne... goodness... I wouldn't wanna be facing that kinda attack

    Divan Briesies
    Divan Briesies

    Not a dammmmn...i neva wanna face that pace....u c what kagiso did to wagner....lol...

    Wayne Voss
    Wayne Voss

    Oh man oh man was it amazing to see him back at his best. I can see it in his eyes.... his hungry.... and he wants to eat wicket for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whats for dessert you ask. Tailenders.

    Robert Seton-Rogers
    Robert Seton-Rogers

    How good is Dale Steyn? My favourite fast bowler I've ever been fortunate enough to watch in the test match arena. In Australia, India or England he would be hailed as a living legend. So much respect for his test match accomplishments!!