South African cricket bowler Dale Steyn is back with a bang. He announced his return with by taking two wickets for just 18 runs and earned himself the man of the match in the process.
Steyn made his presence felt as he helped the Proteas beat Australia by six wickets in the first One Day International in Perth.
The fast bowler has been a breath of fresh air since returning to the squad a month ago. Although he did not play at the time, his experience helped the team in a big way.
And after his splendid performance on Sunday, he will no doubt be a marked man when the two sides meet in Friday’s second one-day international against the Aussies.
Steyn says it was one of those days where he was having fun. “As I jumped, I was worried I was going to do a hammy there its nice to take wickets its what I’ve been doing my whole career. It’s just nice to get going. You want to be a presence, you want to show and you want to look like you having fun too when you taking wickets. It’s fun.”
The writing was on the wall after Steyn and Lungi Ngidi reduced Australia to 8 for 3 inside 6 overs.
The Australians later slumped to 66 for 6 in 21 overs as Andile Phehlukwayo, as well as Imran Tahir, played a pivotal role.
Steyn says it’s all about team work. “There are some guys that are just on it. Lungi has been going hot since the IPL KG has been a good competitor for the last few years. I’m just excited to play again that its just nice to be on the field and I think Imran Tahir is just the best spinner in the world, arguably the best white ball spinner. These wickets are difficult for him he is not going to get as much out of it but he is skilled he is 39-years-old and he knows his game so everyone is just feeding off each other and its a fantastic space to be in.”
The next clash in the three match series in a day/night game in Adelaide on Friday.