South Africa vs England: Dale Steyn aiming for international comeback in limited-overs series next month, World T20 on his radar

Steyn, who retired from Test cricket last year, has been battling to keep his career alive in the other two formats despite being hampered by a recurring shoulder injury

Press Trust of India, Jan 03, 2020 18:05:41 IST

Melbourne: Injury-ravaged South African pace legend Dale Steyn says this year's T20 World Cup is very much on his "agenda" and he will begin another effort at an international comeback with the series against England next month.

Steyn, who retired from Test cricket last year, has been battling to keep his career alive in the other two formats despite being hampered by a recurring shoulder injury. The 36-year-old is currently playing in the Big Bash League for Melbourne Stars.

South Africa vs England: Dale Steyn aiming for international comeback in limited-overs series next month, World T20 on his radar

File image of Dale Steyn. AFP

"I know I'll be part of (the T20I series against England), that was the last conversation I've had. I get a nice two-week break, then straight into it again. I'll be around for the ODIs, to be honest, I don't know how much I'll play (the ODIs) I'll be there for that and then definitely the T20s," he told cricket.com.au.

"That (T20 World Cup) is very much on my agenda. I'm starting to enjoy my cricket a lot more now, I think four overs is a lot easier on the body than the Test matches are," he added.

Steyn picked the career-threatening shoulder injury in 2016 and has appeared in just eight Tests, nine ODIs and two T20Is since. He could not play in the 2019 World Cup despite being named in the squad due to the same injury.

The upcoming T20 World Cup is scheduled to begin in October in Australia.

Steyn has 696 international wickets from 262 matches across formats.

"KG (Kagiso Rabada) is very young to lead the attack at 24, and the next bowlers to come in are all younger than him, I think he needs somebody who is experienced, to look around and he knows he's not only one there," Steyn said.

"So I'm putting my hand up for that and then I'll wait and see how selections goes. After the MSL (Mzansi Super League) that we played, there were a lot of fantastic bowlers."

"But the old guys still seem to do the trick AB (de Villiers) was there, Imran Tahir was taking wickets, I was up in the wickets. Maybe we will get the nod, maybe we don't — but I'm putting my hand up," he added.

The limited-overs leg of England's tour of South Africa will comprise three ODIs and an equal number of T20Is to be held from 4-16 February.

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Updated Date: Jan 03, 2020 18:05:41 IST






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