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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn has outlined what career goals he is targeting as he nears his international comeback.
Steyn, who is currently playing county cricket for Hampshire in England, has not featured in an international match since injuring his heel back in January.
However, when he does return, Steyn confirmed that he wants to surpass Shaun Pollock’s record as South Africa’s leading wicket-taker in Test cricket.
Steyn currently has 419 Test wickets to his name and is just three wickets away from making history.
In addition to this, the 34-year-old wants to play in 100 Test matches, take 500 Test wickets and represent South Africa at next year’s World Cup in England and Wales.
“I want to achieve certain things in my career. A hundred Test matches would be amazing and 500 wickets would be incredible,” he told ESPNcricinfo as quoted by sacricketmag.com. “It would be amazing to play in the World Cup. But you have to play white-ball cricket to be good at white-ball cricket. Hopefully I can get some white-ball games this year leading into December and put my hand up for the spot in that World Cup team next year.”
Steyn revealed that head coach Ottis Gibson vowed that he would be part of the playing XI if he is fit.
“Gibson’s assured me that a fit Dale Steyn is in the XI and I’m taking his word on that,” he said. “Hopefully I can get the nod and can go on to get past Polly’s record – that’s been in the back of my mind for two-and-a-half years now – and achieve some of the personal goals I want to achieve, too.
“At my age [he turns 35 this month] I want to play a lot of cricket. I think I can push it until I’m 38, maybe even 39, and start drifting this way [to county cricket] around that age.”