• Steyn needs to prove fitness

    June 1, 2016 Dale Steyn

    Dale Steyn needs to prove that he’s got the fitness to last long spells if he wants to continue playing Test cricket.

    When CSA convener of selectors Linda Zondi said that Dale Steyn had been left out of the upcoming triangular series squad because he needs to rest, it didn’t make sense to me. ‘In the short term our immediate focus must be to get back among the top-ranked Test nations and for this reason we are resting Dale Steyn for this tour,’ said Zondi. Surely he needs some overs under his belt if he is to prove that he is fit enough to play in the Test series against New Zealand in August?

    If his workload needs to be managed in the months ahead, then why is he playing for Glamorgan in the Natwest T20 Blast? If he is a capable of playing for them, then he should be capable of playing for the Proteas. But if they deemed him surplus to requirements, then it would have made more sense to get some four-day cricket under his belt in preparation for the Test series.

    He only played one match for the Gujarat Lions in the IPL, so there’s no reason why he should need to be rested – he should be fresh. Questions might then be raised as to whether or not he is actually good enough. A couple of years ago, Dale Steyn playing one IPL match and sitting on the bench for the rest of the tournament was unheard of. He’s been injury-stricken for a while now, and I fear it is affecting the quality of his bowling and it’s perhaps putting club and country off selecting him.

    He might yet still have an important role to play in Tests. He can still generate enough pace and movement, and he’s still regarded in the Proteas camp as the spearhead of their attack. I’m just not sure if there’s enough gas left in the tank, and although he seems determined to carry on playing Test cricket, he might just be eyeing Shaun Pollock’s record Test-wicket tally (he needs 16 more) before calling it a day.

    In this day and age, I’m sure he’ll be tempted to call it quits after that and continue to play in the lucrative domestic T20 leagues. He will want to keep playing in the IPL, and now he’s going to enjoy a decent spell with Glamorgan while the Proteas are playing ODIs. The four-over spells will be less taxing on his body, and I think he’s at a stage where smaller spells are what he needs. If not, then he needs to prove he is fit enough to bowl the longer spells needed for Test cricket.

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    89 comments
    Cedric Lottering
    Cedric Lottering

    We are talking about Dale Steyn here- Stuart Board recognised him as the best bowler of his generation. Steyntjie will be back with a bang-veins pumping galore- 500 Test Wickets- no need to comment- I am convinced of it- he has 420 Test wickets-still bowls over 145 km/hr and bends it like Beckman away from the right hander and into the lefthander pads- not even Curtly Ambrose or, Shaun Pollock,or Glenn McGrath had this pace at this late stage in their careers and at that mark of test wickets - what's this space- 500 test wickets for the Phaloborwa Express! the Stain Remover!

    Stefan Morris
    Stefan Morris

    I'm sick of this attitude with Dale Steyn I really am. He is a special bowler and he needs to be given time and the backing. Anderson still gets, Johnson got it. Still a special bowler especially in test cricket.

    Siyabonga Nxelewa
    Siyabonga Nxelewa

    The big question that needs to be asked, is whether we have better fast bowlers at test level that can replace a half fit Steyn. If so thn he can be replaced. If not then his expirience should count in his favour. We should all remember Steyn is still our best fast bowler in test cricket.

    Ashley Lombard
    Ashley Lombard

    Well here is some facts for you guys he has played 690 games of cricket 59790 balls He is 82 kgs and a bowler has at least 10× his body weight of force on his legs for each delivery. Which means that every time he bowls 820 kgs is going through his legs, knees and ancles. So in his career 49 027 tons of pressure have been through that body. He is still rated one of the best ever I think we need to give him a little break. When he says he is tired maybe people should listen. Thanks

    Fani Wa Ntlele
    Fani Wa Ntlele

    If he's not fit he shouldn't be considered. If he's asked to rest and he decide to go play county, then clearly national team interest isn't really his concern. He has given us so much but like any other player, if he can't cut it he must be dropped...

    Arlene Von Allemann
    Arlene Von Allemann

    Look at Ashish Nehra who is way older than Steyn. Also Zaheer Khan. Why can't Steyn play. He will find his rhythm again if given the chance. Stop being such disloyal people. Shame on you

    Mxolisi Mazibuko
    Mxolisi Mazibuko

    yeah most definitely with Rabada's rise and Philander fit to play bowlers will fight for their place in the starting line-up

    Simamkele Emabambeni Nkwentsha
    Simamkele Emabambeni Nkwentsha

    If he was black he would have been dropped a long time ago but he's white be patient on him even if he's off form

    Werner April
    Werner April

    He has been coming back from injuries the last 3 years. Think his days are over. He doesnt last 3 tests anymore.

    Godwill China Mogolwa
    Godwill China Mogolwa

    As much I believe in the KG's talent as a fast bowler he way too young to be spear heading our test team bowling. He will burn out like Dale is now.

    Graham Shortt
    Graham Shortt

    Agree with Graeme. Steyn is arrogant and exceptionally lazy.

    Arlene Von Allemann
    Arlene Von Allemann

    How dare you say hes lazy!!! He hasn't had a bloody chance recently.

    Thabani Yaka
    Thabani Yaka

    In him i believe! D guy has more pressure to perform RSA shud start look 4yong cricters anyway let Steyn play till he is 40 atleast all our best players retire early kallis,pollock,klusner,Ntini that put d upcoming players not b guided bcz not dt they are bad bt in difficult times lack answers, i ws devestated in a game against england whr our boys play a game of their live in d first T20 wc match bt failed to take wickets also drop a lot of of catches, who ever responsible 4kallis nd smith depature i hate him! Who cn forget ds squad Hudson,Kirsten,Cullinan,Gibbs,Cronje,Jonty,Richardson,Klusner,Symcox,Pollock nd Donald! whn are going to hv a squad like the i hv mention only Assies gave problem d rest knew wht to expect f they playing the proteas!

    Wendy Ann Sorrell
    Wendy Ann Sorrell

    Sadly rest cricket seems to have taken back seat now with so much T20 and ODI cricket.

    Zelma Williams
    Zelma Williams

    Dale you only played one game with the Lions that I saw !! Make a come back for your country we've missed you !!

    Jurie Wessels
    Jurie Wessels

    When you lack in pace improve your skill.Want to see that from Dale.

    Andy Pienaar
    Andy Pienaar

    Is he still newsworthy? Lets move on please, so many new talent to unearth.

    Cassius Williams
    Cassius Williams

    Steyn must go his time is over can't u people he is not good enough

    Sean Lees
    Sean Lees

    Claudia De Abreu Campbell Dale Steyn needs to retire...\U0001f602

    Granville Paulse
    Granville Paulse

    Steyn was murdered at the last two world cups. If we go on the numbers in big tournies he is just not good enough. He is still good for tests though.

    Kwena Keneth
    Kwena Keneth

    Dale Steyn is brn baller he doesn't nid 2 prove himslf, put him in field he will deliver

    Gershwin Mastermind Witbooi
    Gershwin Mastermind Witbooi

    I think Dale Steyn should be reserved solely for test cricket. It's where he can make a legacy for himself..and should minimize his game time in ODI and those t20 formats

    Benoth Jay Singh
    Benoth Jay Singh

    He's at end of his international career, two seasons ago. Move on there are many up and coming youngsters out there, give them the opportunity.

    Themba Bandile Mathenjwa
    Themba Bandile Mathenjwa

    he should have been selected for this tour but one thing we can all agree on is that he is currently most suitable for the original format of the game.

    Bryan Jacklin
    Bryan Jacklin

    Steyn has been good man, but let's be honest - he is more interested in making movies, surfing, tossing around and eating nando's than sweating it out and struggeling on foreign decks.

    Peter Marklew
    Peter Marklew

    Graeme Pollock is spot on. Can't have a bowler who can't last a match. To win Tests you have to take 20 wickets. One bowler down makes the task impossible in the batsmen heavy sides we select

    Craig Heffer
    Craig Heffer

    Steyn is busy playing County Cricket in England while the Protease are touring. What does that tell us about a) the importance of this tour b) the future of Dale Steyn

    Nhlanhla Kambule
    Nhlanhla Kambule

    He has cost the nation a few times in limited overs major tournaments with wayward bowling.... Time for him to hang his boots