South Africa news February 28, 2016

Dale Steyn fit and 'ready to take on the Aussies'

ESPNcricinfo staff

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Steyn back for Australia series

After making a successful return to competitive cricket for Western Province Cricket Club on Saturday, Dale Steyn said he is fit and ready for South Africa's upcoming T20I series against Australia. Steyn had been out of action for nearly two months because of a shoulder injury.

"I will be fine to play against Australia," Steyn told Independent Media before the start of the club game. "All the talk about the injury can take a sideline - I've been fine for the last three weeks, and that's why I'm playing today. If I was injured, I wouldn't be playing today. So, ready to take on the Aussies and everything should be fine."

Steyn returned figures of 3 for 2 in five overs in St. Augustine's first innings, and followed that up with 2 for 11 in five overs in the second.

He had picked up the shoulder injury in the first Test against England in December and, in all, missed six out of South Africa's last eight Tests, having also suffered a groin injury on the preceding tour of India. He also missed all the limited-overs matches against England.

Steyn will have three T20Is against Australia on March 4, 6 and 9 before South Africa travel to India for the World T20.

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  • Anup on February 29, 2016, 17:49 GMT

    welcome boss. it will be great afddition in wcT20 if u remain fit till then.

  • ahmed on February 29, 2016, 17:47 GMT

    @philtysledger steyn is way better to McGrath his stats also states we saw McGrath struggling in Indian conditions but steyn only one to trouble the best on those conditions in modern era .@tommytuckeesaffa first agree with u he is miles ahead than any one in modern era.

  •   Sikandar Mehmood on February 29, 2016, 17:36 GMT

    He is a good bowler but not better then Great Aamir

  • Brokensaint on February 29, 2016, 17:18 GMT

    if I was that clubs opening batsman I would do my best to try and pull a hammy while I was warming up

  • Brokensaint on February 29, 2016, 17:17 GMT

    according to the stats he is the best there has ever been and rightfully so

  • Malusi on February 29, 2016, 16:33 GMT

    Steyn is back. Great! Who will miss out? Rabada or Abbott? There is only space for 2 front line pacers or maybe 1 if we decide to play 2 spinners. Rabada has been exceptional on all formats. Abbott has been equally brilliant. Abbott missed out on a SF last year because of qouta, is he going to miss out this year again just to nurse someones ego? On current form KG and Abbott pick themselves. Bt than we also have the Steyn's who are picked on reputation. Faf is in a tough position.

  • Cricinfouser on February 29, 2016, 15:24 GMT

    Very difficult to comment on bowlers these days. The ball is the same- red, leather, cork, same weight. Against bald tracks, choked field placements, merciless bats. Not fair any more. The contest was Lillee bowling to Richards at WACA with field placement of his choice and Richards in a cap. Regular coke vs. Diet Coke.

  • Ashwin on February 29, 2016, 15:00 GMT

    Steyn is a mediocre odi n t20 bowler and hasn't done much in tests for a while now, he was once the best test bowler, not anymore.

  • greig on February 29, 2016, 14:15 GMT

    The best bowler in modern cricket, by miles. Good to have him back, Im sure he will be desperate to win some silverware for SA.

  • blahblah1234567_9F5B2346-4AB1-446E-A1A0-77E2268CE43B on February 29, 2016, 12:25 GMT

    he declares himself fit like a boss

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