Steyn sees a key role for himself in South Africa's World Cup quest


Despite having played an ODI way back in October 2016, Dale Steyn is still optimistic of a comeback to white-ball cricket. Steyn admitted that on current form Kagiso Rabada is ‘way’ better than him but that his experience would help guide South Africa’s young pace attack as they build up to the 2019 World Cup.

“He’s way better than me. I have obviously got my records and everything but he’s way better than I am right now,” Steyn said of Rabada. “What he lacks is what I have, and that’s what I can share going forward. I will just carry on doing what I do and he can feed off that, he can learn off that and he can just become so much better,” Steyn said.

Steyn also harboured thoughts on the disparity of experience between the batting and bowling attack of South Africa. And that his two World Cup experience will help keep him in the mix for the extravaganza in 2019.

“Our biggest problem in white ball cricket now is our bowling. I don’t think it’s a massive issue but I think in terms of experience it’s our biggest problem. If you look at our top six batters, those guys have all played 800-plus games. But if you look at our bowling, our bottom four, they have probably played 150 games.”

According to the veteran, bowling is a form of continuous learning and he hopes to add to his team’s performances by staying fit. The speedster also mentioned that he has had a word with coach Ottis Gibson about the upcoming season and how he intends to be in shape for next year’s mega event by playing more white-ball cricket.

“They are all learning as they play but unfortunately you can’t go to a World Cup still learning. You need to know what you are doing,” Steyn said. “Even at 35 I am still learning but I know what I am doing. These guys need that. I am hoping that’s what I can offer in the white ball scene and obviously play and win games for the country.”

The speedster who has played only 12 ODIs after the 2015 World Cup wants to extend his international career but won’t look beyond the 2019 World Cup as far as white-ball cricket is concerned.

“I think you are going to see a massive exodus. That’s my opinion. I am being Nostradamus now and I am calling it,” said Steyn, who has taken 180 wickets in ODIs. “What’s the point really? Another World Cup will be in another four years and that’s more than enough time for other bowlers to become amazing players.”

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