Proteas

Steyn plays down hopes of wickets record

2017-12-21 06:48
Dale Steyn (Gallo Images)

Paarl - Dale Steyn doesn't want to talk about the possibility of becoming South Africa's all-time leading wicket-taker, he said during a steady comeback to long-form cricket on Wednesday.

Steyn was not among the wickets for a South African Invitation team on the first day of a three-day day-night match against the touring Zimbabweans at Boland Park, but was happy with his rhythm ahead of an expected Test comeback against Zimbabwe in a day-night clash in Port Elizabeth, starting next Tuesday.

Steyn, 34, needs just five wickets to overtake Shaun Pollock's record of 421 Test wickets - but it has been more than a year since he took his 417th wicket, shortly before breaking down with a freak shoulder fracture against Australia in November 2016.

It was his third major injury in just over a year. He has only played in four of South Africa's last 25 Tests.

The Zimbabweans struggled to 196 all out, with only the experienced Hamilton Masakadza playing a substantial innings.

Masakadza survived an early dropped chance against Steyn and went on to make 79. The next highest score was 26 by the uncapped Rod Burl.

Steyn bowled 12 overs in four spells, including one with the new pink ball, conceding 16 runs. He started by bowling three consecutive maiden overs with the new ball, having a confident appeal against Solomon Mire turned down and then having Masakadza dropped at point on one.

Steyn said he was fully fit and pain-free. He had not tried to bowl at express pace on Wednesday, concentrating on finding his rhythm without revealing too much to the Zimbabweans in case he was picked for the Test.

That, though, seems likely because Steyn will only play the first two days of the current game before joining the South African Test squad in Port Elizabeth.

"I am still fitter than the youngest guys in the side," he said. "It was just about getting through this year and trying to decide whether I still wanted to do it... I'll play until I'm not good enough or someone's better than me."

"Every time someone talks about a record I get injured," he added. "So I'm not bothered. Let's just go play. Let's see what happens."

The South African Invitation XI reached 60/3 at the close.

Scores in brief at close of play on the first day of a three-day, day-night match between a South African Invitation XI and the touring Zimbabweans at Boland Park on Wednesday:

Zimbabweans 196 (Hamilton Masakadza 79; Lizaad Williams 3-12, Michael Cohen 3-21, Shaun von Berg 3-64)

South African Invitation XI 60/3 (Temba Bavuma 36 not out; Kyle Jarvis 2-15)

Match situation: SA Invitation XI trail by 136 runs with seven wickets remaining in the first innings

Read more on:    proteas  |  dale steyn  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Thursday, 12 July 2018
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Galle International Stadium 06:30
Friday, 20 July 2018
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Colombo 06:30
Sunday, 29 July 2018
Sri Lanka v South Africa, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium 06:15
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The 12-month ban handed down to Steve Smith and David Warner and the 9-month sanction for Cameron Bancroft for their ball-tampering roles, is ...

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.