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South Africa pace maestro Dale Steyn is hoping to make his return during the third Test against Australia, which will be held in Cape Town on March 22.
Steyn has been sidelined after sustaining significant tissue damage on his left heel during the first Test against India in January.
While his recovery has taken longer than expected, Steyn confirmed that he has started bowling again.
“I’m actually walking to my car right now to have a bowl. I can’t wait,” he told Radio KFM in South Africa as quoted by cricket.com.au. “It’s been a long time – shoulder, foot, all that kind of stuff. Watching the cricket yesterday and seeing some of the things that are happening on the field, I just want to get out there.
“I’m looking at trying to get into the third Test, get back with the boys and everything like that. I’ve had a bit of an unlucky one with my foot – Mitchell Starc has actually had something very similar to mine, but mine was just a little bit worse. It seems like every injury I get is really bad.
“I’m probably another two or three weeks away … I have to play one or two warm-up games. So hopefully everything goes according to plan, and by the end of next week, I should be back on the cricket field.”
Steyn kept a close eye on the action that unfolded during the first Test in Durban, which Australia won by 118 runs, and believes that the Proteas had to tone down their aggression due to the fact that seamer Kagiso Rabada will be suspended if he finds himself in hot water once again.
“One other guy that actually gets involved is ‘KG’ (Kagiso Rabada) – he really does get stuck in,” the 34-year-old said. “But I think after the last few incidents where he got into trouble – he got a ban and a fine and everything like that – he kind of has the handcuffs around him right now, which is a little unfair.
“Because if you look at the way some of the Aussies are going about it, it’s just … And I’m not standing here and complaining, and I hope I don’t get a fine for saying that, but you kind of feel that you are taking out our best competitor, especially with that kind of presence, you take him out of the game and it’s like taking a knife to a gunfight really. It’s a little bit unfair.”