Proteas

Gibson: If Steyn can make it, he WILL play

2017-10-31 13:03
Dale Steyn (Getty)

Cape Town - Proteas coach Ottis Gibson believes that if fast bowler Dale Steyn is fit and ready to play, he will get the opportunity.

Steyn has not played cricket since November 2016 when he injured his shoulder against Australia in Perth.

He was set to make his long-awaited comeback in the inaugural T20 Global League, when he was bought by the Cape Town Knight Riders.

However, Cricket South Africa pulled the plug on the tournament for this year due to financial concerns and it will now only take place in November 2018.

Speaking at a press conference in Johannesburg on Monday, Gibson believed that the T20 Challenge would have been a good showing to see whether the 34-year-old was ready for Test cricket.

"He has got a lot of T20 cricket to play and he has also got a lot of time where we can build up his workload and see that he is 100 percent fit," Gibson said, as quoted by Cricinfo.

"He is Dale Steyn. He is not some average guy from down the road. He is one of the best bowlers the country has ever produced.

"If you look him in the eyes and you say, 'Dale are you sure you can make it?' and he says he can make it, then he is getting the opportunity," he said.

Steyn will be returning to the Titans in Pretoria from the start of the new domestic season, bringing an end to his time with the Cape Cobras.

He will be looking to impress and make Gibson's squad for the four-day Boxing Day 'Test' against Zimbabwe at St George's Park.

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