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  • Friday 04, December 2020
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Steyn waits to see if he will get chance to break Test record

Steyn waits to see if he will get chance to break Test record

CAPE TOWN: Dale Steyn has been close to the milestone for more than a year now but, at the age of 34, time is running out for the speed merchant to become South Africa’s most prolific wicket taker.

Steyn’s 417 Test-wicket haul is just four shy of the South African record held by Shaun Pollock but the target remains both tantalisingly close and frustratingly elusive at the same time.Standing between him and the tag of the country’s best ever bowler have been a serious shoulder injury and a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

After his latest piece of rotten luck, some doubt that Steyn will get his long-awaited opportunity when South Africa take on India in a three-Test series starting at Newlands on Friday.

“There is significant, ill-advised risk associated with any fast-track return,” wrote local cricket columnist Rob Houwing this week after the pace bowler missed out on the Boxing Day Test against Zimbabwe.Steyn, whose Test average is a staggering 22.3, can, however, point to a prolific record at Newlands with 65 wickets in 13 Tests at an average of 21.93 — 12 against India.