Town - Proteas speedster Dale
Steyn is eyeing a unique Test milestone for the Proteas
... and it's not Shaun Pollock's record as the country's leading wicket-taker
in the format.
Steyn needs just three more
wickets to surpass Pollock's 421 and make that record his own, but now that he
is back to full fitness he is considering the possibility of becoming the ninth
South African to play 100 Test matches for the Proteas.
"I'd love to play all
formats. Like I said, I love playing cricket," Steyn said in an interview
"I think Test cricket is the
pinnacle. I'd love to try and play 100 Test matches, I don't know whether I'll
"I'm at 86, so that's about
14 more, but being a World Cup year, there's a lot of white-ball emphasis right
now. So I think we've only got five Tests until around this time next
Steyn, currently enjoying a short
stint at English County club Hampshire, is happy with how his body is feeling
at the moment and he is hoping for a long, injury-free run that will allow him
to put the focus back on the Proteas.
"If I'm going to look to
play the 100 Test matches, I'm going to be around for the next three years.
That's 38. I think I can do it," he said.
"The body seems fine. I've
always been fit. It's a mental thing. How long do you actually want to do it
"If you've got a family and
if you've got kids - which I don't but I do have a girlfriend and two dogs that
miss me - and how much are you willing to give up.
"I think AB [de Villiers]
hit the nail on the head. He's got two young kids and he's looking at life
after cricket right now. He's reached that point but I'm not there right
Steyn added that he is not
expecting to walk back into the Proteas side in Sri Lanka, especially given the
success of youngsters such as Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi.
The first of two Tests between
the Proteas and Sri Lanka gets underway on July 12.