South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is curious to see which direction Australia will take. Steyn said Australia have always enjoyed playing hard cricket and that’s what has always brought the best out of them. However, the ball-tampering scandal has hit the Australian cricket hard and they have fallen down like a lead balloon.
Australia has always adopted a tough approach and they have reaped fruits for their never die attitude. However, since the ball-tampering scandal, there has been a considerable change in their approach.
“I think everyone is [intrigued],” Steyn told AAP. “Everyone is used to Merv Hughes shouting and screaming at guys, trying to hit people in the stands. I think we became accustomed to it. But the game became more professional. We’ve got to grow up with the times, and behavior is one of those things. It’s become very much part of the game. It’s going to be interesting to see which direction they [Australia] go.”
However, Dale Steyn doesn’t expect Australia to lose out on their aggressive play. They have always played competitive cricket and Steyn expects Australia to not hold back any punches.
“Every time you play against Australia, you still feel like that culture from years ago is going to be hard to crack,” he added. “They’re in your face, an aggressive team. And people want that. But you talk about this line – who knows where it is? There are rules, and you’ve just got to play along with those rules.”
Dale Steyn has also recently made an ODI comeback. Steyn had recently played against Zimbabwe and looked at the top of his game. The fast bowler had also made clear the next year World Cup will be his ODI swansong.
Australia and South Africa will take on each other at Perth on November 4 in the first ODI.