• Steyn targets World Cup farewell

    Dale Steyn wants to play in the 2019 World Cup as his farewell appearance in white-ball cricket.

    While he is keen to continue playing Test cricket for as long as possible, he said he will be doing everything he can to get into the Proteas side for the World Cup next year, and then added: ‘But after the World Cup I don’t see myself playing white-ball cricket.’

    The Proteas quick, who holds the South Africa record for the most Test wickets, alongside Shaun Pollock on 421, has played 116 ODIs, taking 180 wickets, but was omitted from the team now playing an ODI series in Sri Lanka.

    He hopes to force his way back into contention this summer, when the Proteas will travel to Australia for a one-day series while they’ll also play white-ball games against Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sri Lanka at home.

    ‘I will be trying to get to that World Cup,’ he said at a promotional event in Mumbai, adding that experience may be the key.

    ‘If you look at the batting line-up, our top six have played 1,000 games, but the lower half, from numbers eight to 11 who are currently playing, not even 150 games,’ he said. ‘You need to draw on experience.

    ‘I hope that will be my trump card when the selection comes to the World Cup. I may not necessarily play all the time. But I think my experience will help with me just being there.’

    Steyn, who will turn 36 three days before South Africa’s World Cup opening match against England on May 30 next year, has spent most of the past three years struggling to overcome an assortment of injuries. He has┬ánot played in a one-day international since October 2016.

    But he was encouraged by his fitness, which was given a rigorous examination in two Tests in Sri Lanka.

    ‘I played two Test matches without an injury, bowled at good pace and never went off the field because of niggles. It’s a big plus,’ said Steyn.

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