Steyn set to return from year-long absence

Dale Steyn

Steyn's previous appearance on the field had come last November against Australia in PerthMore

He recently received the backing of new South Africa coach Ottis Gibson, who indicated that a fit Steyn would be an automatic choice for the Test side.

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn is all set to make a comeback to cricket from a long injury-layoff since November previous year.

The 34-year-old, who has been out of action since injuring his shoulder during a series against Australia in Perth in November last year, will bring an end to his time with the Cape Cobras and make a return for the Titans.

Steyn is ready for the challenge and is looking forward to the feeling of being part of the game. Yes, I haven't played in a year, but there are no massive expectations.

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"I'm not asking people to sit back and think I'm going to bowl at 150 kilometres per hour and that I'm going to take five wickets".

They are in action again on Friday night when they take on the Warriors in East London, and for Steyn it will be about easing his way back into first-class cricket. "If I can get through the game with minimal damage in terms of economy rate and pick up a wicket or two that would be great", he added. Steyn is ready for the southpaw and feels he can be put under pressure early on. Even when he scored the 100 against Bangladesh, he offered up a few early chances - and he'll tell you that himself.

"If you look him in the eyes and you say, 'Dale are you sure you can make it?' and he says he can make it, then he is getting the opportunity". It's a small ground with a generally flat wicket and a very fast outfield, so it should be a another high-scoring match.

"I'm going to slot in where I'm needed", he said.

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