Dale Steyn took 5-13 for Western Province Cricket Club over the weekend to prove his fitness ahead of South Africa’s T20 series against Australia.
Steyn returned figures of 3-2 in five overs in St. Augustine’s first innings, and followed that up with 2-11 in five overs in the second.
It was his comeback game from a shoulder injury he picked up in the first Test against England in the Boxing Day Test. Steyn subsequently missed the next three Tests as well as the entire ODI and T20 series.
Nevertheless, he was included in South Africa’s World T20 squad and has been earmarked to make his international comeback in the three-match series against the Aussies as the Proteas finalise their preparation for the tournament in India.
‘I will be fine to play against Australia,’ Steyn told Independent Media at Saturday’s game against St. Augustine.
‘All the talk about the injury can take a sideline – I’ve been fine for the last three weeks, and that’s why I’m playing today. If I was injured, I wouldn’t be playing today. So, ready to take on the Aussies and everything should be fine.’