Steyn eager to win World Cup

"If I can win that World Cup without taking one wicket, I can still have a winner's medal around my neck"

“If I can win that World Cup without taking one wicket, I can still have a winner’s medal around my neck”

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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn has announced that he doesn’t mind not taking a single wicket as long as the Proteas win the 2015 World Cup.

Steyn also believes that South Africa have got a well-balanced team heading into the major tournament.

“We are just trying to be a part of that puzzle, that when it’s finished, it has a big W on it,” Steyn said. “It’s nice to have inspiring guys like AB de Villiers and Vernon Philander. Watching AB bat, watching Hashim Amla bat, watching Vern and Morne Morkel perform, it makes you want to be a better player yourself.

“I don’t want to be better than them, I just want to be able to participate in a winning side. If I can win that World Cup without taking one wicket, I can still have a winner’s medal around my neck.”

Steyn also admitted that New Zealand will be one of the underdogs in the tournament, even though they are hosting the World Cup with Australia.

“New Zealand are a dark horse team whenever there is a tournament around,” he said. “We all know Australia is a good team – they’re in your face all the time, it’s pretty annoying really. New Zealand are one of those teams that can be nowhere for three years and get to a World Cup and they just suddenly turn it on.

“For us it’s important that guys like Quinton de Kock go there and familiarise themselves with those conditions, and the players they’re going to be playing against.”

The 31-year-old added that he was ecstatic to have Philander back in the ODI squad.

“Vern has that attitude that he’s better than everybody. It’s great to have,” Steyn said. “If you think you are better than someone else, you’re that step ahead of them. He does that with the ball, he does that all the time with his ability and skill.”

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