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South Africa pace bowler Dale Steyn has revealed that he will likely bring his limited overs career to an end after the 2019 World Cup.
While there is no guarantee that Steyn will be picked for the event, which will be held in England and Wales, since he has succumbed to serious injuries as of late, the 35-year-old is eager to represent his country in the quadrennial tournament.
“If I’m honest with you, I’m trying and would like to get to that World Cup,” he was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. “If you look at the batting line-up, our top six have all played 1000 games together, but our lower half — eight to eleven, who are currently playing, have not even played 150.
“So, you need to draw experience, and I’m hoping that would be my trump card. I may not necessarily play all the time, but I think just being there, I might be able to help add experience.
“After the World Cup, I don’t see much more reason in playing white ball cricket for South Africa. The next World Cup is in four years’ time, I’ll be 40-41. There will be no reason for me to go to that WC.”
In regards to his Test career, Steyn insisted that he wants to continue featuring in the longest format, where he is currently South Africa’s joint-highest wicket-taker with Shaun Pollock.
With 421 wickets to his name, Steyn made it clear that he wants to keep playing as long as he can and continuing adding to the tally.
“I would like to play as long as I can possibly play. And I feel that I have finally got over this heavy cloud of injury,” he said.