Thursday, 22 August 2019

England will have slight edge: Dale Steyn

LONDON: Dale Steyn has played five Test matches in England, all in the months of July and August and took 23 wickets at 31.65. South Africa either won or drew these matches in 2008 and 2012.

Past his prime now, Steyn has also represented Warwickshire and Essex in 13 County matches before turning up for Hampshire in two games this season. A veteran of 88 Test matches, Steyn believes that England will have a slight edge in the five-Test series at home against India.

After playing the two-Test series in Sri Lanka, Steyn — a GoPro Athlete — sent down a few deliveries to sports journalists at ‘Smaaash’, a gaming centre — acknowledged that Virat Kohli’s team put up a good show in South Africa.

“They got better in the series. That’s why they won the last Test match in Johannesburg. In the one-day games they were a real force to reckon with.”

Admitting that his attention span on the England-India series will be negligible, Steyn nonetheless said: “India has a good side; it’s going to be an interesting series. I won’t make any predictions. But I think the advantage probably lies with England. India is becoming a very good touring team. But if I have to put my money, it’s going to be on England; it’s going to be tight through. The beautiful thing about India is, they got such a big pool of players to call upon. If somebody gets injured, the replacements are generally pretty good. They have Dinesh Karthik up there now.”

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