Morne Morkel not being a part of the South African

Dale Steyn has been chosen in the South African test squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. Steyn who is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time has been in and out of the Proteas squad in the recent times due to injury, however he has been able to prove his fitness just in time to earn a ticket to Sri Lanka where he will spearhead the South African attack along with Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander.

With Morne Morkel not being a part of the South African set up anymore as he bid adieu to the game, Steyn’s role in Sri Lanka will be crucial, not only with the new ball, but with the old ball as well. The 34-year old is one of those rare fast bowlers who possess the capability of generating both conventional and reverse swing with enormous efficiency.

The South African skipper Faf du Plessis will however have to manage Steyn’s workload sensibly as he is returning after a long layoff. Du Plessis will definitely not want Steyn to push too hard too early and discover another niggle somewhere as South Africa need him dearly for the next year or so, not only in red ball cricket, but also in white ball cricket with World Cup approaching fast.

Steyn’s fans who are spread all over the world will be thrilled to watch the fast bowler in action again. The batsmen around the world, on the other hand, will have an exact opposite feeling as they will have their task cut out against the legendary veteran.

Steyn has taken 419 wickets for South Africa in 86 test matches at an average of 22.32 which is outstanding to say the least. The right armer has 26 five-wicket hauls to his name in test match cricket.