Steyn hints at quitting limited overs cricket post 2019 World Cup

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Mumbai, July 26 (IANS) South Africa pacer Dale Steyn is likely to retire from limited overs cricket after the 2019 World Cup and believes his experience will help him earn a place in the national squad for the mega event in England and Wales.

“I will be trying to get to that World Cup (in England). But after the World Cup, I don’t see myself playing white ball cricket for South Africa. By the time the next World Cup comes, I will be 40,” Steyn told mediapersons at a promotional event here on Thursday.

“If you look at the (South Africa) batting line-up, our top six have played 1,000 games, but lower half, from eight to eleven who are currently playing, not even 150 games. You need to draw on experience.

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“I hope that will be my trump card when the selection comes to the World Cup. I may not necessarily play all the time. But I think my experience will help with me just being there,” the 35-year-old Steyn expressed.

Steyn however said he would love to continue playing Tests.

“When it comes to Test cricket, I would like to play as long as possible. I have finally come out of a cloud of injuries. I broke my shoulder and in my first game on return (against India at Cape Town), I landed in a foot hole. It was rotten luck,” the pacer said.

“It’s quite difficult to come back from a broken shoulder, especially with your bowling arm. I feel that’s (injury) gone and now I am fit.

“I played two Test matches without an injury (against Sri Lanka recently), bowled at good pace and never went off the field because of niggles. It’s a big plus,” he added.

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–IANS

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