Steyn backing his skills on slow surfaces


South Africa pace spearhead, Dale Steyn, says he is relishing the prospect of running in and testing his skills on sub-continent conditions in the World T20 tournament.

The Proteas play their opening two matches at the seam-friendly conditions of the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, but play their third match against the West Indies at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur, which produced a rank turner in the encounter between India and New Zealand on Tuesday.

Steyn said: "I've always said that I can bowl on any track. I prefer the wickets that are slower and turning.

"The ball stops and makes it tough for batsmen to hit you out of the ground, especially at a ground like Nagpur which is a big ground.

"I guess New Zealand's thinking was correct and playing three spinners paid off for them but we know what our strengths are.

"As a seamer I back myself. I can bowl fast cutters, it's difficult to hit the ball out of the ground when it's coming at 140 or 145 and it’s gripping and stopping.

"You don't have to worry about running in and bowling the perfect yorker, you can bowl a back-of-a-length ball, one might bounce, one might stay low, it’s really tough batting in those conditions."  

The Proteas' preparation is coming to a close ahead of their first match on Friday, and the squad will be taking confidence and momentum into the group stages of the tournament after solid outcomes in their warm-up matches.

They also have the psychological advantage of being one-up on their opponents after the recently concluded series in South Africa.