Proteas

Steyn won't change approach

2014-12-15 21:46
Dale Steyn (Gallo)

Johannesburg - Following the death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes last month, Proteas paceman Dale Steyn says the incident will not change his aggressive approach to bowling.

Steyn said the short-pitched delivery which struck Hughes on the neck, resulting in his death, was out of the ordinary.

Hughes lost consciousness and died in a Sydney hospital two days later, aged 25.

"I really feel for Phil Hughes and his family. It's a terrible accident, but cricket will continue," said Steyn, the number one-ranked fast bowler in Test cricket.

"I am still going to bowl a bouncer, run hard and try and take your head off, but not kill anybody. Nobody ever wants to see anyone die [in a match]."

The Proteas were preparing to take on the West Indies in a three-Test series starting on Wednesday as SuperSport Park, and despite the hosts being heavy favourites for the clash, Steyn said his side would not underestimate their opponents.

"There's enough talent in that team to give us hiccups," he said.

"We have to give them the respect. There will be periods where they dominate us and where we cant' get a wicket. Or where they are free-flowing and scoring runs."

The West Indies won their only Test on South African soil in Port Elizabeth in 2007, and Steyn said his teammates would be looking to avoid a repeat of that match.

"I remember us starting slowly in PE and we lost to a side everybody said we should have beaten. Those are mistakes we don't want to make twice."

The West have brought a young squad to do duty in South Africa with 11 players under the age of 30.

Steyn said the current West Indians were an unknown quantity and unpredictable, making the Proteas' task more difficult.

"Their captain, Denesh Ramdin, has rallied their side together quite nicely. They could be quite difficult to beat -- the wounded buffalo is always the most dangerous.

"Or they could come out as individuals and quickly fold."

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