South Africa news August 18, 2017

Steyn moves from Cobras to Titans

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dale Steyn believes he is two or three weeks away from returning to competitive cricket © Cricket Australia/Getty Images

Dale Steyn has moved from Cape Cobras to Titans, where he first started his first-class career in 2003-04, ahead of the upcoming South African domestic season. Steyn is on a comeback trail since being sidelined due to a shoulder injury last November, during the first Test against Australia in Perth, and is on "last leg of rehabilitation" according to South Africa's team doctor Mohammed Moosajee.

Steyn also said he was "two or three weeks away from playing my first game."

"It was an easy decision for me," Steyn, who spent seven years at Cobras, told the Titans website about his move. "The luxury of playing for South Africa is that you get to nominate which franchise you want to play for. The Titans laid down the platform for where I am now.

"I think the most important thing that I learnt at the Titans were the basics and it is something I still go back to every time I play international cricket. It was a great place to start playing cricket and it's going to be a great place to go back to.

"I played some of my best cricket at SuperSport Park. When you go into that change room and you look at those honours boards, you'll see my name a couple of times on the five-wicket haul list. I walk in there and I feel at home. I am really looking forward to going back."

While it isn't clear yet if he will be fully fit in time for South Africa's next Test assignment, a two-match series at home against Bangladesh starting September 28, Steyn was confident of returning to the field soon.

Steyn was particularly excited about linking up with his former South Africa team-mate Mark Boucher, who is now the Titans head coach. "It is going to be fantastic working with him again," Steyn said. "As a player I looked up to him. He knows me so well, he knows me as a person and also knows about my bowling action, so I am looking forward to that, especially after this long delay with the broken shoulder."

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