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How Steyn controls aggression
Dale Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Dale Steyn
has explained how he keeps his emotions intact when at the forefront of the Proteas' bowling attack.
An emotional Steyn took 4-55 in Australia's second innings in Port Elizabeth last Sunday to help the Proteas win by 231 runs and level the three-Test series at 1-1.
His captain, Graeme Smith
, earlier this week said Steyn's "anger goes from very angry to extremely angry" when bowling.
But Steyn, in an interview with Die Burger's website
, said he's not really angry out on the field.
"It's more focussed aggression. I have to work myself up like that to be able to produce bowling spells like the one in Port Elizabeth.
"It's more a case of getting myself in the right mood where it feels like I'm in a battle.
"If I think of teddy bears while running in, then I'll dish up full tosses and hamburgers and never get anyone out. It must feel like I'm involved in a fight.
"I don't have to go and scream at the batsman but must get my body ready for a fight."
Steyn also admitted to feeling slightly embarrassed when seeing his overzealous celebrations on TV afterwards, but said: "That's how I'm at my best and if I perform for my country, then all is well."
The final Test starts at Newlands from Saturday.