Dale Steyn signs for Melbourne Stars for upcoming BBL:
Steyn now joins his fellow South Africans, as AB de Villiers is part of Brisbane Heat and Chris Morris has signed with the Sydney Thunder for the upcoming season of Big Bash League (BBL). Dale Steyn initially only signed for the first six games of the BBL but he has an option to stay if he does not get selected for South Africa’s home series against England.
The South African fast bowler announced his retirement from Test cricket in August to focus more on the shorter formats of the game. Steyn had been overlooked for South Africa’s T20I tour to India because of being medically unfit according to the selectors, but he remains available for ODIs and T20Is for the upcoming home series against England. In the case that he is not selected for the home series against England, Dale Steyn is expected to extend his contract to continue playing for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL).
Dale Steyn made it clear that his priority is to play for his country, but in the case that it does not happen and he is not selected, he still wants to be playing cricket. Steyn said that he does not want to be sitting in South Africa doing nothing but if there is a window and a chance that he could go back to the BBL and play for the Melbourne Stars, that can be open to discussion.
Steyn said that playing Big Bash League (BBL) is something he wanted to do for a while now, but as he has represented South Africa all his life and they have Tests around the end of the year so he has not been available, but since he has not retired from Test cricket, it has opened a little window for him to do other things.
Dale Steyn has not played any international cricket in any format of the game since March earlier this year; he also missed the World Cup following his shoulder injury from the Indian Premier League (IPL) in April. Steyn is currently looking forward to playing for Cape Town Blitz in the Mzansi Super League, which begins in November this year.
Steyn said that his body has been in great shape ever since he retired from the Test Cricket as he does not have to bowl 40 overs anymore. Dale Steyn explained that he is currently focusing on bowling just 24 balls in a match as it is pretty easy compared to what he has been doing in his entire career.
Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers:
Steyn revealed that he and AB de Villiers had been exchanging messages as he said AB heard about Steyn signing for Melbourne Stars a month before the news was officially announced. AB de Villiers said to Steyn that he was going over to play as well but he could not tell Steyn which team he was going to play for. Steyn said he thinks AB de Villiers was just excited to know there would be another South African player that AB could try and bully around the ground with his bat.
Dale Steyn’s main goal is likely to prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup next year. Steyn is looking forward to some cricket in Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup, which is also part of the reason he is playing in the Big Bash League (BBL).