Steyn returns in style

04 October 2018 22:57:36 GMTPlus11

Cricket South Africa have celebrated the return of veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn to one-day international action in the victory over Zimbabwe in Bloemfontein.

Steyn made his first appearance for two years as the series against the Zimbabweans was sealed at 2-0 with just the final match in Boland remaining on Saturday.

Steyn struck only his third international 50 in 247 appearances to provide South Africa with a score of 198 to defend and then made two incisions with the new ball to win the man of the match award in Mangaung Oval.

"Congratulations to head coach Ottis Gibson, stand-in captain JP Duminy and all the players and team management on their good start to what is a very important year in this format, leading up to the ICC World Cup in England and Wales next year," said CSA chief executive Thabang Moroe.

"It has been heart-warming to see the form of our world-class veterans, Dale Steyn and Imran Tahir, as well as the continued development of younger players such as Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo and Heinrich Klaasen.

"A special word of thanks is undoubtedly due to our medical team for the job they have done to get Dale fit and firing again. His value to South African cricket cannot be under-estimated.

"We can all look forward to exciting contests ahead of us this summer against Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka before the players head for the big one in England."

Steyn is 4.00 to be Top team Bowler in the third and final ODI against Zimbabwe and is 11.00 to claim the man of the match award again.

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