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Steyn hailed by coach

8th January 2019, 13:35 by Nick Harris

South Africa coach Ottis Gibson says Dale Steyn will decide when to retire and he does not expect it to be in the near future.

Steyn looked back to his best when clocking over 90mph against Pakistan in the second Test last week and appears to have overcome his injury problems.

Gibson believes the 35-year-old is still hungry and fit enough to keep going and reckons he has at least two years left in him at Test level.

Gibson said of South Africa's leading Test wicket-taker: "He is 35 and steaming in with a smile on his face and the Dale Steyn angry eyes are back again.

“I like players to almost design their own exit in a way. Sit and think to yourself how you want to leave the game and then communicate that to me or CSA so that we can manage it properly.

“The one thing you don’t want is for a player of his quality to go on too long or feel like he’s left the game too early. You don’t want to drop a player of that calibre.

“If he feels that he’s got two more years in him and he looks after himself very well, then so be it.

“When he broke the record, I told him that his next 100 wickets will come a lot quicker than the last 100, as you can see from how he is performing on the field.”

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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