Durban - Proteas fast
bowler, Dale Steyn, feels its ‘even-stevens’ following a rain-affected opening
day of the first Test against England at Kingsmead
How the Proteas start on Sunday will be crucial, but the prospect
of drier conditions and a reversing ball will give the attack some inspiration
after the frustrations from the rain on Saturday.
“With the loss of overs, if
we had gotten a full day’s play, we might have been able to sneak in a few
wickets,” Steyn said at stumps.
“At the end of the day we can only do what we
can do, that was to get on the park and play. I think it’s even-stevens at the
moment. We were lucky to get the breakthrough at the end which helped.
“These were tough
conditions,” he said.
“When you are coming off for rain the field holds the
water, the ball was damp which made it tough to get it to swing and shape.
Hopefully tomorrow if the sun comes out we can get the ball to go. It was just
starting to reverse a bit this evening so I think with the warmer conditions
and the drier outfield we will be able to work some magic.”
Steyn says he is relieved to
have marked his return to fitness with a strong performance after a frustrating
few weeks on the side-lines. His performances continue to substantiate his
credentials as the best fast bowler of this generation, as he edges closer to
Shaun Pollock’s record of the most Test dismissals for South Africa which
stands at 421.
“It’s been pretty frustrating
sitting on the side-lines for the last six weeks,” he admitted.
India and unfortunately not being able to contribute was tough. I have been
training hard with the trainer, lost a couple of kilos, so it was nice to get
back on to the field today. Hashim (Amla) is always asking the leader of the
attack to contribute and when we won the toss and decided to bowl I felt like
that was my job today, to set the tone from the start.”
“I feel like everything is
clicking,” he added.
“Touch wood, I could bowl badly tomorrow but today I was very
happy with the way things came out. Hopefully throughout the series things will
start to click, I’ll get quicker and better.”
Play will start at 09:30 on Sunday.