Cape Town - South
Africa batsman Faf du Plessis says paceman Dale Steyn is determined to
prove he is still worthy of an ODI place, and that being left out in the
Caribbean earlier this year made him crankier than normal.
Du Plessis, who is captaining the ODI side against Australia in AB de
Villiers' absence, feels that a 'cranky' Steyn is the best kind, and
that the Aussies will feel how much the number one-ranked Test bowler is
still enjoying ODIs.
The paceman returned to the side last month against New Zealand in
the Tests, after months of injuries and being 'rested' from the ODI
side, and was it was immediately clear that he had lost none of his
Du Plessis said: “Dale’s personality is sometimes a bit cranky,
that’s what you see that fire when he gets a wicket. That’s why we love
him like that.
“I think even at the start of the season when he came back for the Test matches he felt like he needed to prove a point.
“When you’re the number one bowler in the world, if you don’t produce
the goods regularly people are going to ask questions and that comes
with its own pressures.
“Now he’s obviously back in the one-day team and he will definitely
try to make a huge impact and try and show everyone that one-day cricket
is still a huge part of his future.”
Faf added of Steyn's value to the side in general, not just with the
ball: “Any team that he comes into, Dale Steyn, it’s just the fear that
he puts into the opposition.
“Just the name itself, you get a few guys around the world that have
that. They’ve done well for a period of time and put just that little
bit of doubt in your head as the opposition because of the name.
“But his skill and his experience are something that you can’t get
overnight and Dale is one hundred per cent fit and fresh, and wants to
“He’s an extremely big asset to whatever team it is.”