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Old May 19, 2015, 10:45 PM
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Default Cricket: It's No Steyn on You Bangladesh, it's Just Science

That look. The eye-bulging, vein-popping laced with a blood-curdling scream look of Dale Steyn when he is pumped up in a Test match having taken a wicket is one which delights many, even though it should scare the pants off you. Because when Steyn is that pumped up, he is a joy to watch.

But reality is dawning that it’s the look we might not get to see for much longer and the man himself admitted recently that he has to start thinking a bit more carefully about what he does and when he does it. In an interview with Wisden India, which upset the entire population of Bangladesh, Steyn said that he’d rather not play in a one-day series against Bangladesh because he feels he only has about “10,000 or 20,000 deliveries” left in the tank. His choice of words wasn’t quite so diplomatic and, in hindsight, saying “rather than wasting the few balls I have left in my career in a Bangladesh match” probably wasn’t the smartest thing to do, but that doesn’t make it any less true.

South Africa’s pace ace turns 32 next month and while that might be young for ordinary people, Steyn is anything but ordinary. Sportsmen, are not ordinary, and their reality is juxtaposed against us mere mortals who carry on working until we’re well into our middle age. For sports people, their careers rarely extend beyond their mid-30s. Superhuman as Steyn might be in terms of his numbers and ability, he is not immune to this reality. Up until around 2013, headlines such as ‘Injured Steyn to miss match X’ were unlikely to pop up and, if they did, it was usually because of something uncontrolled, like a broken finger. Hamstring niggles and random strains never really featured in his vocabulary, but the reality of a sportsman’s life is as they get older they have to accept their bodies just can’t do what they used to.


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For that reason, Steyn is quite right when he says that “wasting” deliveries he has left isn’t really on his priority list because, let’s face it, while Bangladesh might be trying very hard, when it comes to choosing between bowling to England on a New Year’s Day at Newlands in front of his home fans and trundling along against Bangladesh on a dust bowl in Dhaka, there really is no contest about where South Africa’s best ever bowler should rather spend his time. It’s nothing personal, it’s just science. DM


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Old May 19, 2015, 10:55 PM
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Old May 20, 2015, 12:17 AM
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Dale Stayn is pretty crap now. No swing no Dale Stayn
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Old May 20, 2015, 01:29 AM
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Dale Stayn is pretty crap now. No swing no Dale Stayn

yup. rubel hossain >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> steyn
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Old May 20, 2015, 01:36 AM
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Dale Stayn is pretty crap now. No swing no Dale Stayn
How do u come up with these assumptions? He averages 22 per wkt in the last two years in tests
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Dale Stayn is pretty crap now. No swing no Dale Stayn
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Old May 20, 2015, 01:47 AM
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I think bd fans are upset because we kept witnessing big names withdrawal years after year. Now since we are playing good, we expect all great players to tour us. However, Steyn has a point. Fast bowlers require much more rest than other cricketers. So its fair that he is thinking about himself. If Mash withdrew himself from a tour, I dont think South Afticans would make a big deal. Once we become true world beaters then things will change perhaps?
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Dale Stayn is pretty crap now. No swing no Dale Stayn
This is legendary
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This is legendary
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We have to give the neutral author benefit of the doubt instead of getting defensive about nothing.
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