Town – Dale Steyn is
back in the Proteas set-up for the upcoming two-match Test series in Sri Lanka,
but he has no plans on hanging up his boots any time soon.
Steyn, who has 419 Test wickets
to his name, needs just two more to equal Shaun Pollock as the highest South
African wicket-taker in Test history.
If he plays in Sri Lanka he will
be expected to do that, but the biggest key for the 34-year-old at the moment
is to stay fit.
Steyn is currently enjoying a
month-long stint of county cricket with Hampshire, and he made his return to
red ball cricket this past weekend where he took 2/91 in 26 overs against
In a revealing interview
with Cricinfo, Steyn explained that the Test record
was something he was thinking about, but that he was thinking even further
ahead than that.
“It’s been in the back of my
mind for about two-and-a-half years now. I’ve only needed about five wickets
for two years,” Steyn laughed.
“Right now, I think my most
important goal is just to come and play cricket again where I don’t get
“I’ll worry about that (the
record) when i get to Sri Lanka and worry about how to get wickets.”
The World Cup next year, Steyn
added, was still a possibility.
“I think it’s all about how
much cricket you can play. At my age, I’m 35, and I still want to play a lot of
cricket. I think I can push until I’m 38, maybe even 39,” he said.
“If I’m going to be
representing South Africa and if I’m going to be spending that time on the
sidelines, then that’s when you might have to weigh that option.
“It’s a discussion that
myself and Ottis (Gibson, coach) might have to have going forward, especially
with the World Cup. He’s assured me that a fit Dale Steyn is in the 11, so I’m
taking his word on that.
“Hopefully I can get the nod
and get past Polly’s record and hopefully achieve some of the personal goals
I’ve set out to achieve. I’ll play as long as my name is up there to represent
The first Test between the
Proteas and Sri Lanka starts on July 12 in Galle.