South African speedster Dale Steyn has been talking point in the ongoing second Test between the Proteas and New Zealand at the Centurion. Steyn has steamed in and bowled with immense confidence and meant business. Kiwi pacer Neil Wagner also attracted massive attention in his former home city by scalping six wickets. ALSO READ: Dale Steyn: 10 intriguing facts and figures about South Africa’s best fast bowler
There has been some grumble between Steyn and Wagner as the former accused the Kiwi pacer for showing lack of courage in the first innings of the Centurion Test. Wagner walked out to bat at 10 and his approach was aggressive. He took on the South African bowlers and smashed a brisk 31 off 30 deliveries before Steyn got the better of him.
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was fighting a lone battle at the other hand and was batting on 77 when Wagner was dismissed. Steyn suggested that Wagner could have been cautious enough to let his skipper score a century and play more of an assistive role. READ MORE: Dale Steyn’s intimidating words to his opponents instigates fear
Steyn was quoted in a report from stuff.co.nz, “He backed away and slogged away … maybe didn’t back away but stood and played the pull shot. But if he wanted to be more courageous and brave he would have been 30 off 90 and watched his captain get to 100 rather than score 31 and walk off the pitch and say I’ve done my job. That is not your job. He gives his all but I would have tried to hang out there and even get 10 of 50 balls and see Kane through to 100, rather than walk off with 30 and think I’ve done my job.”
Williamson was dismissed for 77 as New Zealand stumbled to 214 and are now precariously placed at 132 for seven with 331 runs more needed to win.