South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis recently confirmed veteran seamer Dale Steyn is regaining his fitness and likely to feature for the Proteas against Sri Lanka in the first Test.
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Meanwhile, the 35-year old was impressive in the nets ahead of the Test match starting in Galle on Thursday.
Du Plessis noted Steyn is getting his rhythm back and looking good in the nets.
“He is back for the squad. He looks really good in the nets. It’s about getting his fitness levels back up to where we need them to be for Test cricket,” he said.
Steyn, however, needs just three more wickets to break Shaun Pollock’s record, as South Africa’s highest Test wicket-taker. The pacer now has 419 Test wickets to his name from 86 games.
The fiery fast bowler had missed 27 of South Africa’s most recent 32 Tests matches. He sustained groin injury, shoulder and heel problems and was unable to complete the most recent Tests he started, against Australia in November 2016 and India in January this year.
In a bid to regain his fitness, he turned out for Hampshire in the County and Royal London Cup. He was impressive picking a five-for against Yorkshire and bowled with great zeal. The Proteas will desperately want Steyn to be back at his prime against the Islanders in the subcontinent.
The acclaimed cricketer recently revealed he wants to play 100 Tests for his nation and end his career with 500 Test wickets. It will be a huge bonus for South Africa if he can stay fit and continue with his game.
South Africa plays two Tests against Sri Lanka in Galle from July 12 and the second in Colombo from July 20.
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