Dale Steyn suffered a heel injury during the first Test against India which ruled him out of the four-Test series against Australia.(REUTERS)
Dale Steyn suffered a heel injury during the first Test against India which ruled him out of the four-Test series against Australia.(REUTERS)

Dale Steyn joins Hampshire in bid to return to international cricket

Dale Steyn, who missed the series against Australia due to a heel injury, will play for Hampshire as he attempts to regain full fitness and come back to international cricket.
AFP, London | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON APR 06, 2018 05:12 PM IST

South African pace bowler Dale Steyn has signed for Hampshire as he bids to return to fitness following a heel injury that forced him to miss the recent Test series against Australia.

The 34-year-old will join the county in June and train ahead of South Africa’s tour of Sri Lanka, which starts in July. The plan is that he will return as the county’s overseas player for the final weeks of the season.

During the training stint in June, Steyn will fill in for compatriot Hashim Amla, who will be with Hampshire for the first three months of the season, for a one-day match and a four-day first-class game.

Steyn has 419 Test wickets, just two behind Shaun Pollock’s South African record.

“Dale is one of the best bowlers in the world and is extremely motivated to get going after a frustrating period on the sidelines,” said Hampshire director of cricket Giles White.

“It seems a great fit for both parties -- we hope that we can help him get back to his best and we look forward to welcoming him to Hampshire.”

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