Proteas speedster Dale Steyn expects the bowlers to follow the same approach as they head into the Super Eight’s of the ICC World Twent20 starting in Colombo this week. The conditions are expected to be different compared to those experienced in Hambantota, however Steyn backs the Proteas’ firepower and their ability to adapt.
“After playing in England on the slow decks I think we adjusted our game quite nicely there (England),” Steyn said. “So if we go to Colombo it won’t hit us as a train smash.
“My game is not going to change, I’m still going to bowl 145 (km/h) or 150, whatever I can get it up to, whether it’s a slow deck or not, it’s still going to be tough.”
Steyn boasts one of the best economy rates of the tournament thus far, and has given away only 19 runs in the six overs he has bowled. His most impressive performance was against Zimbabwe, returning 1/9 in his four over spell. He is placed at an unusual 20th on the ICC T20 bowling rankings, only because he doesn’t play many International T20’s, a decision he feels will benefit the next tier of bowlers.
“One of the main reasons I don’t play a lot of International T20 cricket is purely because of the amount of other cricket that I play; one day cricket and Test cricket,” Steyn said.
“The other thing is that I’m really committed to the Proteas doing well. If I had to go and play International T20’s too you’d find guys like Parney (Parnell) and maybe Lopsy (Tsotsobe), players that don’t play as much IPL cricket like I do, missing out.”
The Proteas are enjoying two days off at the holiday town of Bentota in the south of Sri Lanka and will return to Colombo on Tuesday to begin preparations ahead of Friday’s match.
“I think it’s highly important that you find time to get away from this game,” Steyn added.
“Gary (Kirsten) and Paddy (Upton) and everyone from the management are doing a fantastic job of finding time for us to get away from the game, especially when you have been away from home for close to 90 days.
“A few extra days of training is definitely not going to make us a better team after we have been playing since July.”
The Proteas have regained the No.1 T20 ranking following their successive victories in the Group matches and England’s loss to India.