Dale Steyn has rubbished any thoughts of him retiring.  © Getty Images
Dale Steyn has rubbished any thoughts of him retiring. © Getty Images

South Africa‘s premier fast bowler Dale Steyn has rubbished all claims of him calling quits from the game of cricket after a slur of injuries which has hampered his career in the recent past. Steyn speaking to Business Day said that it is “absolutely rubbish” and he is much desperate to return to help his country gain positive outcome. “It’s absolute rubbish,” Steyn said. He went on to add, “I played 48 Tests in a row, didn’t miss a single one, and now suddenly I’m an injury liability at the age of 32? It’s ridiculous. Injuries can happen to anybody but I’m still one of the fittest players in the squad and I have many, many overs left in me.” ALSO READ: Stuart Broad believes Dale Steyn is “bowler of the generation”

“The Test team is going through some huge changes and I want to help lead the way as one of the senior players. This is no time to turn your back and walk away, that’s the last thing on my mind,” Steyn explained. Steyn, who is set to miss the fourth and final Test against England at Centurion, as he has failed to recover from shoulder injury which he got during the first Test at Durban. Since then Steyn has missed both the second and third Test against England. Since the South Africa tour of India last year Steyn has missed six of the eight Tests, the Proteas have played.

Steyn makes it very clear that he is ambitions to play in all three formats but is currently focused on rehabilitation and fitness for the upcoming ICC World T20 2016 in India, and his immediate aim is to regain fitness for the tournament. This might also be his last global tournament for limited-overs cricket and maintains that he is no rush what-so ever to play the One-Day International (ODI) series against England starting later this month.

Steyn concluded, “I’d love to be involved in the ODI series against England but I’m not going to rush back from injury, like I did in India, and make it worse. I’m desperately keen to be fit and play in the T20 World Cup in India in March. It might be my last World Cup so I’d like to help win the bloody thing.”