SOUTH AFRICA TOUR OF AUSTRALIA, 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Dale Steyn was exception in Perth, finishing with figures of 7-1-18-2 © Getty
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Prelude – Australia’s Elite Mess
It’s true, shambles doesn’t begin to describe Australian cricket at the moment. The goings on at the board room level particularly are abysmal – to put it mildly. On the pitch too, Australia have had a grim 2018, winning just one in 11 ODIs.
But there’s a silver lining – even for this current version of a downtrodden Australia. Their only win this year has come in Adelaide – also today’s venue – and there can be a genuine belief within the team that the only way to go from where they currently find themselves is UP. Aaron Finch echoed such thoughts when he said the wheel would turn. Soon may that happen!
The moment you switch over to the South African side of things, you’ll see the gloom is replaced by bright sunshine. Dale Steyn’s return to full fitness and to general zippyness brings so much more delight to a setup that’s enjoyed watching his successor Kagiso Rabada take centrestage recently. Soon there might be calls for Steyn to play in next year’s World Cup, but that’d be counting your chickens before they hatch.
The pacer’s fans (which could be half the cricketing world) have just overcome a frustrating period when he’s had to cool his heels [no pun intended] due to injury. The 35-year-old has somehow returned to the pitch like he never was away and would love to take another stab at his beloved opposition today.