Steyn declares himself ready for Aussies


South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn has declared himself ready to face Australia in the upcoming three-match T20I series after coming through a club game in Cape Town on Saturday.

The paceman, who has not played any competitive cricket since injuring his shoulder in the Boxing Day Test against England, had overall figures of five for 13 in a match for Western Province Cricket Club against St. Augustines.

Steyn told Independent Media before the start of the club game: "I will be fine to play against Australia. All the talk about the injury can take a sideline – I've been fine for the last three weeks, and that's why I'm playing today.

"If I was injured, I wouldn't be playing today. So, ready to take on the Aussies and everything should be fine."

The 32-year-old Steyn took three for two in five overs in the first innings and then followed that up with two for 11 in five overs in the second innings against, it has to be said, weak opposition.

Steyn missed the remaining three home Tests against England as well as the ODI and T20I games against the same opposition but was still selected in the Proteas' squad for the World T20 starting on 8 March.

The first T20I against Australia is scheduled to be played in Durban on 4 March.