Michael Clarke  sledged at Dale Steyn during the Cape Town Test. The umpires had to cool the tempers and Clarke eventually apologised for his behaviour © Getty Images
Michael Clarke sledged at Dale Steyn during the Cape Town Test. The umpires had to cool the tempers and Clarke eventually apologised for his behaviour © Getty Images

Sep 7, 2014

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn on Saturday said that he has still not forgiven Australian skipper Michael Clarke for the sledging in the third Test at Cape Town in March this year. Steyn said that he will accept the apology only when Clarke walks up to him and says that he really meant what he said to the media after the match.

“I haven’t really spoken to him much since then to be honest. I don’t take many things personally, but what he did say to me I did take personally. I know he apologised in the media and I should be playing this down. But the day he comes and shakes my hand and says ‘I really mean what I said’ and behaves like the way he should, maybe then I will (forgive him),” Steyn said in the post-match conference after South Africa won the tri-series beating Australia in the final. “But for right now, he’s not here so I’ll wait until I get to Australia,” he added.

The incident is from the final day of the Cape Town Test where the Proteas tail-enders were hanging on to a gritty draw. A frustrated James Pattinson had a go at the batsman, Steyn. The South African retorted when Clarke stepped in to show his sledging skills. The umpires had to step in and cool the tempers. Australia eventually went on to win the Test and the series.

After the match Clarke had said, “I seem to make this mistake a few times but I jumped in after him. It doesn’t matter what happened, what I said was something out of character and I apologise for that. I shouldn’t have said what I said.”