Cape Town - Proteas coach Russell Domingo said at a press conference after arriving home from the team's embarrassing Tri Series in the Caribbean, that he was happy fast bowler Dale Steyn decided to play in England instead of joining his national team-mates in the West Indies.
Steyn was rested by the team and then went on to play T20 county cricket for Glamorgan where he grabbed 11 wickets in five matches.
Domingo, who was aware of Steyn’s performances for the Welsh-based side, said he was "glad" Steyn got some cricket under the belt.
According to Cricinfo, Domingo stated: “Five games of four overs wouldn't have hurt him. It would only have benefitted him. I am glad he has gone and played some cricket.”
"A lot of that thinking was that Dale did need some cricket. We sort of knew that spinners would play a big role in the West Indies.”
Although the spinners played an important role during the series, taking the bulk of the wickets, it was evident that South Africa was still missing their 33-year-old speedster.
Pace bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris's inexperience showed, as they failed to make vital breakthroughs in South Africa's deciding match against the West Indies, which saw the Proteas fail to reach the final against Australia.
However, Domingo said that just like Morné Morkel, who only played two games, Steyn would’ve also been sidelined.
“Having him (Steyn) sit around, not doing too much was not going to benefit him too much. He would probably have gone to the West Indies and been in a similar position to Morné Morkel. He would probably have only played one game and done a lot of time in the nets.