Johannesburg: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn revealed on Sunday
that he is targeting a stint with English county Hampshire in June as
his comeback to competitive cricket.
Steyn, 34, has seldom played in the past two years because of injuries.
But he told SuperSport television on Sunday that he was close to full
fitness after missing the series against Australia following his
latest setback, a heel injury suffered in the first Test against India
“I could get through 12 or 15 overs but that’s not enough to be
competitive in a Test match,” he said.
Steyn is just two short of Shaun Pollock’s South African Test record
of 421 wickets. He is likely to have another chance to break the
record when South Africa tour Sri Lanka in July and August.
“The Proteas don’t play for quite a while,” said Steyn.
“I’m going to take another month off. I’m not going to the IPL (Indian
Premier League). I’m looking to go over to Hampshire in June to play a
little bit of cricket, then Sri Lanka in July.”