South Africa pace spearhead Dale Styen believes team’s biggest problem going into the 2019 ICC World Cup is their bowling.
“Our biggest problem in white-ball cricket now is our bowling,” Steyn told Reuters. “I don’t think it’s a massive issue, but I think in terms of experience it’s our biggest problem. If you look at our top-six batters, those guys have all played 800-plus games. But if you look at our bowling, our bottom four, they have probably played 150 games. That’s a massive difference. There’s a heavy weight that weighs up there.”
Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi, the current pacers leading the Proteas attack in all the three formats of the game, have only played 51 and seven ODIs respectively and this is where Steyn thinks his experience of 116 ODIs and two World Cups – 2011 and 2015 – might be crucial.
“They are all learning as they play but unfortunately you can’t go to a World Cup still learning. You need to know what you are doing,” he said.
The right-arm pacer further pointed out that even at the age of 35, he is learning.
“Even at 35 I am still learning but I know what I am doing. These guys need that. I am hoping that’s what I can offer in the white-ball scene and obviously play and win games for the country,” Steyn said.
Steyn has already said that he doesn’t see himself playing white-ball cricket after the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, thus signalling his retirement from the limited-overs cricket after the prestigious quadrennial event to be held next year in England and Wales.
The right-arm pacer, who has been plagued with injuries in the recent times, however, insisted that he would love to continue playing Test cricket even after 2019 World Cup.