Steyn: I have no plans to retire

"I have many, many overs left in me"

“I have many, many overs left in me”

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South Africa pace spearhead Dale Steyn has made it clear that he won’t be calling it a day after enduring a string of injuries.

Steyn injured his groin during the first Test against India in November last year and missed the remainder of the four-Test series.

After making a full recovery, Steyn was back in action and looked to be in good form during the first Test against England in Durban. However, his comeback was derailed by a shoulder injury, which led to him missing the second and third Tests. He was also ruled out of the fourth and final Test in Centurion as South Africa want him to be fully fit for the limited overs series, which begins on February 3.

“It’s absolute rubbish,” Steyn told Business Day. “I played 48 tests in a row, didn’t miss a single one, and now suddenly I’m an injury liability at the age of 32? It’s ridiculous. Injuries can happen to anybody but I’m still one of the fittest players in the squad and I have many, many overs left in me.

“The Test team is going through some huge changes and I want to help lead the way as one of the senior players. This is no time to turn your back and walk away, that’s the last thing on my mind.”

However, while Steyn is hyped up for the limited overs series against England, he pointed out that he won’t rush back from his injury as he is eager to represent the Proteas in the World Twenty20 in India in March, which he admitted could be his last World Cup event.

“I’d love to be involved in the ODI series against England but I’m not going to rush back from injury, like I did in India, and make it worse,” he said. “I’m desperately keen to be fit and play in the T20 World Cup in India in March. It might be my last World Cup so I’d like to help win the bloody thing.”

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