If he was ‘frustrated,’ as his captain Faf du Plessis put it, after catching just two wickets in two Tests in South Africa’s recent 2-0 rout in Sri Lanka, Dale Steyn did a pretty good job of covering it. An all-time great fast bowler, but now besieged with injuries and form in the dusk of his career, the 35-year old comes across as a man who may have spanned his prime, but still wants to go out on his own terms. He’s been omitted from the ODI side which will take on Sri Lanka in the upcoming series, but Steyn is still eying the 2019 World Cup as the faultless stage for his farewell from limited overs cricket.
“If I’m honest with you, I’m trying and would like to get to that World Cup. If you look at the batting line-up, our top six have all played 1000 games together, but our lower half eight to eleven, who are currently playing, have not even played 150. So, you need to draw experience, and I’m hoping that would be my trump card. I may not necessarily play all the time, but I think just being there, I might be able to help add experience. After the World Cup, I don’t see much more reason in playing white ball cricket for South Africa. The next World Cup is in four years’ time, I’ll be 40-41. There will be no reason for me to go to that WC,” he said in a promotional event.
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