Welsh Dragon from Phalaborwa

The good people at Glamorgan County Cricket Club are extremely excited. They’ve had some big names play for them over the years, including Viv Richards, but they reckon the arrival of Dale Steyn for the month of June ranks as highly as any.

There is still some paperwork to be completed and a couple of bureaucratic and administrative hurdles to jump over, but both Steyn and the club are hopeful about confirming the deal in the next week or so.

“He’s still got a bit of pace,” said captain Jacques Rudolph with a knowing smile. “He’s also a very good friend of mine. If the deal goes through, and I think there’s a very good chance, then he will make an excellent addition to our attack and, with all his experience of playing international cricket for so long, our bowlers will be able to learn so much from him.”

But hang on a minute. Aren’t the Proteas playing in a Triangular ODI series in the Caribbean with Australia and the West Indies next month? Yes, they are. So how come Steyn will be playing county cricket?

Oh yes, he was ‘rested’ for that tour. Lots of cricket coming up later in the year, remember? Big Test series against Australia – in November. November.

You may have to re-read the next sentence. Dale Steyn has bowled 16 overs in 2016. Go on, read that again.

And almost half of them were in two warm-up matches before the T20 World Cup began. He bowled two overs in the loss to England and he has bowled two overs in the IPL so far.

How many times has it been said over the last decade that Steyn is better with overs under his belt? He gets better with hard work – he needs hard work. The national selectors decided to leave him at home when he is more in need of work than ever before.

If the great man does, indeed, get his career back on track as he intends and starts taking bagfuls of international wickets again, we might all do well to learn how to say “thank you very much” in Welsh.

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