Kagiso Rabada expressed his excitement about having Dale Steyn back in the Proteas set-up.
The 21-year-old was heavily relied on after Steyn’s shoulder injury in Perth in November last year, but South Africa’s second-highest wicket taker is on the brink of a comeback as he aims to make a return to the domestic scene.
According to Sport 24, Steyn’s patience has paid off, and Rabada believes that we will see him back for the Proteas sooner than expected.
‘Steyn has been resilient and patient with his injury,’ Rabada told Sport24.
‘He is going to come back, and from what I see he looks like he wants to make an impact, so he is really motivated and I’m interested to see what he is going to bring to the party.
‘It’s always exciting to have the best bowler around. He has been there for six years and it’s always exciting to have someone like Dale Steyn back in your team.’
Steyn is four Test wickets away from reaching Shaun Pollock’s 421-wicket mark as he aims to become the all-time leading South African wicket-taker in Test cricket.
The Proteas’ next assignment will be in a two-Test series against Bangladesh, and Rabada is confident that there are more than enough options for selectors to pick a side that can put their dreadful tour of England behind them.
‘Our side is going to be at full strength and it’s going to give a few selectors some headaches, but you know that’s a good problem to have.’
The first Test will start on 28 September in Potchefstroom.
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