Dale Steyn ready to face Aussies
Steyn turned out for club side WPCC against St Augustine on Saturday.
JOHANNESBURG - Dale Steyn said he's ready to face the Aussies when the three match T20 series gets underway on Friday in Durban.
The speedster had been out of action for nearly two months because of a shoulder injury, but turned out for Western Province Cricket Club on Saturday against St Augustine, finishing with match figures of 5/13.
Steyn said he's fit and firing and his confidence level is high at the moment.
"I'm confident that if they had to say to me right now, 'Dale you're playing tomorrow', I'll be able to do that. I felt that I was confident enough to probably play against England, but it was important that I had to just finish my rehab.
"The doctor prescribed what he thought was the best time off for me and to make sure that I did that properly. He said if I came back too early, I could have sat out for eight months."
He said he loved taking part in a club cricket match, something he hasn't done in years.
"It was cool, I won't lie. You rock up at club game and the guys are busy abusing each other about who went out until 4 in the morning, that kind of stuff doesn't happen at international level, I can promise you.
"So, it was really cool because these are normal guys with normal day jobs and everything because they just can't make a living out of cricket, but still have a lot of fun. I can see why guys play every weekend."
He admitted that he didn't operate at 100 percent.
"I only operated between 75 and 80 percent of what I was capable of. We've all seen what's happened in recent times with guys being hit and so forth. So the last thing I wanted to do was have something terrible happen like that.
"If you operating at 100 percent and these guys don't see that every day, something bad can go wrong."
Steyn said his teammates weren't too starstruck by his presence.
"I think the guys played it pretty cool, I won't lie. I went to my first club practice and the guys were just talking normal to me. But then I started to see a couple of Instagram pictures flowing through a little bit later, but what a good bunch of guys, I had great time.
"I totally get it why most guys play cricket at the weekend especially if you're playing at the Vineyard Oval in Cape Town. I've driven past that ground so many times. It's such a beautiful ground."