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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn is back on the sidelines after suffering yet another injury setback recently. However, is the veteran seamer still on the selectors’ radar for the 2019 World Cup?
According to convener of selectors Linda Zondi, the main aim is to see Steyn make a recovery from the heel injury he sustained during the first Test against India in Cape Town. Once he does, Zondi wants Steyn to woo the selectors on the domestic circuit.
Despite laying out a step-by-step plan for Steyn, Zondi is confident that the 34-year-old will remain in contention for a spot in South Africa’s World Cup squad.
“For now, our main focus is to see how Dale Steyn does from a Test point of view,” Zondi was quoted as saying by Sport24. “He needs to go back to his franchise and see where he is with the white ball.
“I’m quite comfortable with the manner in which he performed when he came back. I’m very optimistic and he is part of the vision (for 2019). Do we go with Dale Steyn? Do we go with Lungi Ngidi? Do we go with someone else? This is part and parcel of our discussion.”
With the South African players and head coach Ottis Gibson determined to taste World Cup glory for the very first time next year, Zondi made it clear that the selectors will provide Gibson with the best players to get the job done.
“We need to make sure that we bring that World Cup home. We need to try by all means,” Zondi said. “I’m very confident in Ottis Gibson and I’m very optimistic.
“We have to make these big decisions as we move on, because if we don’t we’re going to keep repeating ourselves in terms of players and we don’t know where we are.”