South Africa’s veteran bowler Dale Steyn has called for calm after they suffered a defeat against Australia on Sunday. In the first Twenty20 game of the three-match series, the hosts fell prey to the visitors, as they recorded their lowest-ever T20 score of 89 runs, and were beaten comprehensively by 107 runs.
Steyn nonetheless, reflected on his team’s performance after the match, while adding that they ‘don’t have to be too hard on themselves’.
Prior to the home series versus Australia, South Africa also lost a T20 series at home versus England 1-2, even though all three of those games were closely contested.
Dale Steyn Call For Calm After South Africa’s Defeat Against Australia:
The Proteas lost a T20I game by their biggest margin ever when they succumbed to a total of 89 runs on Friday. Despite the obvious setback, Steyn insisted that the home side shouldn’t be too tough on themselves.
“You are allowed to have a blow-out,” he said. “We played some good cricket against England. It was one of the better series that I’ve played against England, even though we lost. We batted superbly and we bowled in patches really well. We don’t have to be too hard on ourselves.
The 36-year-old pacer continued, “This team is going to be learning. I hope our growth will be upwards. Even though we are losing, the process that Mark (Boucher) and Quinny [Quinton de Kock] have put in place is the right one.”
Talking about his own performance against Australia, Steyn wants to fare better after having spent some time away from the international cricket scene.
“Although I have played my entire career at the highest level, if you haven’t played for a while, you quickly come back and realise that it moves a lot faster than any other level. Playing in the MSL was great, I went to the Big Bash which was fantastic but this was two levels harder. I can hopefully rewind the clock a little bit and bring some of those golden years back,” he signed off.
South Africa’s next game against Australia is a must-win game or else they will surrender yet another series at St. George’s Oval, in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.