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Steyn hails Du Plessis on reaching ODI milestone

Steyn, who is currently out with a fractured shoulder, said Du Plessis' achievement was highly impressive.

FILE: Faf du Plessis during Proteas ODI match against Sri Lanka on 28 January 2017. Picture: Twitter @OfficialCSA

JOHANNESBURG - Proteas speedster Dale Steyn has heaped praise on Faf Du Plessis, who on Saturday will become the 21st South African player to play 100 ODIs for his country when the Proteas host Sri Lanka in the third ODI at the Bullring.

Steyn, who is currently out with a fractured shoulder, said Du Plessis' achievement was highly impressive.

"Firstly, I just want to wish Faf all the best with his 100th ODI match tomorrow. It's a special achievement... 100 games, that's a lot of games, and to be playing it at the Wanderers on Pink Day is a pretty special day, so good luck to him. The form that he's in, I expect nothing less than another 100."

The Proteas will be looking to wrap up the 5-match series tomorrow following convincing victories in the first two ODIs. 2nd match centurion David Miller has been ruled out for the rest of the series because of a cut on his finger, but Steyn said the Proteas line-up has more than enough firepower to do the job.

"When you look at that batting line-up, the opposition are probably having nightmares thinking about it, that they've got to bowl to De Villiers, Du Plessis, Amla, De Kock... wow. I wouldn't want to play against those guys, so they're looking in beast mode at the moment."