South Africa’s premier fast bowler Dale Steyn has signed for Hampshire for the upcoming 2018 English County Championship. Steyn has fighting hard to get back to the park after a series of injuries that has kept him out of the game for almost 2 years.
His spell at Hampshire will see him play one County Championship game and then one 50-over game in that time. Steyn would also return for the final phase of County Championship once the series in Sri Lanka comes to end.
Dale Steyn will add value to the county side as his fellow countrymen Hashim Amla will also playing for Hampshire for the early part of the season. Steyn has managed to play one test since his return from shoulder injury suffered during the Australian tour in November 2016.
He made his comeback against India in the first game of the series at Cape Town but suffered from a bruised heel that ruled out of the remainder of series against India. He also did not play any of the games against Australia.
Hampshire’s Director, Giles White was delighted to have Steyn for the upcoming season. He stated that Steyn is one of the greatest bowlers of this decade and will be raring to play this summer after a number of injuries have kept him on the sidelines. White stated that Hampshire will do their best to facilitate and help Steyn in making a return to the national side.
Since making his Test debut for South Africa in 2004 against England, Dale Steyn has picked up 419 wickets in 86 matches. He is just three wickets away from surpassing Shaun Pollock’s record as the highest-wicket taker for South Africa in Test cricket. He has 26 five-wicket haul in his career spanning almost 14 years.
Dale Steyn has been instrumental in South Africa winning overseas on a regular basis and was named Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 2013.