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."

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  • Peter on January 22, 2016, 5:49 GMT

    A wonderful bowler & hopefully he comes back for even against us, he is still a sight to behold, but these shoulder injuries are very much career limiting. I'll be following his return with interest.

  • diren on January 21, 2016, 17:11 GMT

    Best the world has seen and i doubt we will ever see another like Steyn again .

  • Tom on January 21, 2016, 15:11 GMT

    LOL @ Broad haters for picking their moment.

  • Jason on January 21, 2016, 14:32 GMT

    I agree injuries happen to everyone, but a fast bowler with a shoulder (possibly rotator cuff) injury is possibly going to drop a yard of pace.

  • Vishnu Teja on January 21, 2016, 14:08 GMT

    I think steyn has a bit left in his career but but he should recover from his injuries completely and only then should enter the pitch and it true that he should quit at least one format to survive for years to come he quitting tests is out of question and I think he'll give a shot in next odi world cup in england. """"""" AND MIND U FRIENDS HE IS STYEN GUN WHO HAS BEST STRIKE RATE FOR A FAST BOWLER FOR A SPAN OF HIS CAREER EVER LETS HOPE FOR BEST THAT WE CAN SEE THE BEST OF HIM YET"""""""""""""

  • Steve on January 21, 2016, 13:48 GMT

    Just the reaction you would expect from a top class sports person. They always believe they can regain that old glory even when the body tells otherwise. It's easy to guess how this story will pan out. Steyn will continue to make sporadic appearances and promptly breakdown every so often. The selectors, team mates and even fans will realize he is done and finally, even Steyn will realize it and will call it quits. We just saw the story play out with ex-captain Smith last year or so.

  • michael on January 21, 2016, 13:21 GMT

    Dale Steyn is a champion in more ways than one and will help to stabilise this SA team when he gets back to full fitness. He just needs to give his injury every chance of getting back to full strength and fitness and not rush back. Any bowler averaging almost 5wkts per test over such a long career is a great asset and is sorely missed along with his passion for playing for his country. Good luck Champ.

  • Garry on January 21, 2016, 13:02 GMT

    SA better hope he has years left, they look ordinary without him. It will also be good for world cricket. When Broad is the number one ranked test bowler we need the real best up and going again.

  • Kendal on January 21, 2016, 11:29 GMT

    @samdeal...bit harsh to say Amla gave up and walked away. That is the captaincy. I'm sure he still plays a huge role in the team as a senior player. Even Smith used to say he adds to the team just by being there. He never wanted to be captain, but accepted because he realised what it meant for the country. AB on the other hand is certainly making defeatist noises, which is disappointing.

  • Tasneem on January 21, 2016, 8:38 GMT

    I agree too much criticism from the media , we all know past excellent players like Smith Kallis , Boucher cannot be replaced immediately , but hats off to Dale give that man a bells he is the only senior player so far who mentions "" 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." Amla couldn't manage and gave up. AB sounds like has accepted defeat and cannot find a way forward. Du Plessis, JP are not even contributing as senior players. From the well-known international players seems like from the beginning of England series only Morkel made an attempt to give of his best. Only Elgar and Bavuma Radaba are current new players who giving of positives comments in the media.

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