Dale Steyn wishes bidding farewell to ODI by bringing the World Cup home


South African quickie Dale Steyn is wanting to make a triumphant goodbye to ODI cricket at the 2019 World Cup by winning the competition for the Proteas.

Steyn believes his experience of English conditions would be of value. Steyn, who will turn 36 three days before South Africa’s World Cup opening match against England on May 30 one year from now, has spent the greater part of the previous three years battling with injuries.

He is not part of South Africa´s squad for a three-match one-day series in Sri Lanka but aims to force his way back into contention during his country´s home season, which includes one-day series against Zimbabwe, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“I will be trying to get to that World Cup,” he said at a promotional event in Mumbai, on the way home from a disappointing Test series in Sri Lanka.

“But after the World Cup I don´t see myself playing white-ball cricket.” Steyn, whose most recent injury happened in a Test against India in January, returned to the South African team for two Tests in Sri Lanka earlier this month.

But he was only able to take two wickets in two matches, leaving him tied with Shaun Pollock as South Africa’s all-time leading wicket-taker on 421 scalps.

“I played two Test matches without an injury, bowled at good pace and never went off the field because of niggles. It´s a big plus,” said Steyn who has not played in a one-day international since October 2016.

Even if he retires from one-day cricket, Steyn said he wanted to carry on playing in Tests for as long as possible.


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