Dale Steyn is back and is raring to go. Having arrived in Australia for a 3-match ODI series, the Proteas pace spearhead showed glimpses of his best form during a tour match against Prime Minister's XI on October 31.
Though his team lost the match after batting failures from the top order, Steyn was able to produce some magic with the ball leaving his fans thrilled and eagerly waiting for the series to start.
Steyn while bowling the 3rd over of the PM XI chase, was driven on the up by 19-year-old New South Wales' batsman Max Bryant over covers for four. A fired up Steyn definitely didn't like it and followed it up with two absolute beauties which pitched in line but beat the batsman on the way to De Kock's gloves.
Bryant had no clue what he was facing as he tried to drive the balls but only hit thin air. All Steyn did was just smile at the batsman's misfortune. Finally, on the fourth ball of the over, the inevitable happened when another tentative drive from the teenager made connection with the ball but sans any sort of timing landed into the hands of Aiden Markram at point. The celebrations from Steyn weren't extravagant as he knows that the ODI series against the home side will bring him far more prized scalps.
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Australia v South Africa, ODI series, Schedule:
First ODI: Perth Stadium, November 4
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Second ODI: Adelaide Oval, November 9
Third ODI: Blundstone Arena, Hobart, November 11
Australia squad: Aaron Finch (c), Josh Hazlewood (vc), Alex Carey (vc), Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, D'Arcy Short, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa
South Africa squad: Faf du Plessis (c), Farhaan Behardien, Quinton de Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Imran Tahir, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Chris Morris, Lungi Ngidi, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Dale Steyn.