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Steyn trains his gun on India

When you possess raw pace of the kind Dale Steyn does, the kind of pitch you have to bowl on tends to matter less.

cricket Updated: Mar 25, 2008 01:01 IST
Anand Vasu

When you possess raw pace of the kind Dale Steyn does, the kind of pitch you have to bowl on tends to matter less. Steyn has now picked up Man of the Series award in three consecutive series - against the West Indies, New Zealand and Bangladesh. Now he turns his speed gun on India, but it won't be quite as easy.

"”you find the recipe for success, it's best to stick to it. So I won't be changing much,” Steyn said on Monday. "It's worked so far, so hopefully I can take that form into this Test match and the whole tour."

But the big problem for Steyn could be the weather, and he agrees that it would be hard to bowl long spells.

“We have a job to do. Depending on the day, you could possibly get in 8-10 overs in a spell,” he said. “But we'll be looking to keep it short and sharp, and keep the bowlers fresh.”

Steyn also said he felt of leading the South African attack. “That's been the beautiful thing about the season so far. Graeme [Smith] has never put me under any pressure. I've been given the ball to do a job and I've been fortunate enough to be able to do it. We've got Morne [Morkel], Makhaya [Ntini]… others who can take five-fors and bowl teams out, and I get the freedom to run in and take wickets.

“I’ve been given the freedom in this series too, to run in and bowl sharp, short spells and hopefully, I can carry my form into this series. But if not, there are others who can do the job.”

Steyn also felt it was more important to focus on his strengths and to not worry too much about how good the Indian batting line-up is.

“We will do our video analysis and find the flaws and weaknesses in their batting and bowl accordingly,” he said.

“I'm not going to look at how good their batsmen are, I'm going to bowl to their weaknesses,” said Steyn.

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