South Africa news January 20, 2016

'I have many overs left' - Steyn

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dale Steyn insisted he has plenty of miles left in his legs © Getty Images

Dale Steyn has said that the notion he is coming towards the end of his international career due to his recent run of injuries is "absolutely ridiculous" and added he is desperate to help lead the recovery of South Africa's fortunes.

With Steyn being ruled out of the final Test against England in Centurion, due to the shoulder injury he sustained in the opening match of the series in Durban, it means he will have missed six of South Africa's last eight Tests.

Amid the problems swirling around South African cricket - including the doubts over AB de Villiers' future - the long-term prognosis for Steyn has been questioned but he has no intention of packing it in.

"It's absolute rubbish," Steyn told Business Day. "I played 48 Tests in a row, didn't miss a single one, and now suddenly I'm an injury liability at the age of 32? It's ridiculous. Injuries can happen to anybody but I'm still one of the fittest players in the squad and I have many, many overs left in me."

"The Test team is going through some huge changes and I want to help lead the way as one of the senior players. This is no time to turn your back and walk away, that's the last thing on my mind."

Steyn said that he retains ambitions in all three formats of the game but for now his immediate aim is to regain fitness for the World T20, which he concedes may be his last global limited-overs event, and that he will not be rushing back for the ODIs against England if not fully ready.

"I'd love to be involved in the ODI series against England but I'm not going to rush back from injury, like I did in India, and make it worse. I'm desperately keen to be fit and play in the T20 World Cup in India in March. It might be my last World Cup so I'd like to help win the bloody thing."