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'T20 World Cup is very much on my agenda' - Steyn set for international comeback
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'T20 World Cup is very much on my agenda' - Steyn set for international comeback

Dale Steyn has confirmed he will be returning to South Africa's national side for the limited-overs fixtures against England next month.

The shock omission of Steyn for the three T20Is in India last year raised questions over the veteran speedster's future in the team.

Steyn, who retired from Test cricket in August 2019, is currently engaged in Australia's Big Bash League where he is plying his trade for Melbourne Stars.

The 36-year-old seamer is expected to head back to his country following Saturday's clash against Melbourne Renegades to prepare for South Africa's ODI and T20I series against the visiting England side in February.

"I know I'll be part of [the T20 series against England], that was the last conversation I've had. I get a nice two-week break, then straight into it again," he told cricket.com.au.

"I'll be around for the ODIs – to be honest, I don't know how much I'll play [the ODIs] … I'll be there for that and then definitely the T20s."

Steyn has set his sights on the T20 World Cup slated to begin in Australia in October and stated the truncated workload in the 20-over format was manageable for him compared to the gruelling requirements of Test cricket.

"That [T20 World Cup] is very much on my agenda. I'm starting to enjoy my cricket a lot more now, I think four overs is a lot easier on the body than the Test matches are."

He further added his presence in the dressing room would ease the burden on 24-year-old Kagiso Rabada, who is spearheading the pace attack in Steyn's absence.

"I think it's important to have that [experienced] figure around in the dressing room. Rabada is very young – to lead the attack at 24, and the next bowlers to come in are all younger than him, I think he needs somebody that's there that is experienced, to look around and he knows he's not there only one there."

"So I'm putting my hand up for that and then I'll wait and see how selections go. After the MSL [Mzansi Super League] that we played, there were a lot of players that come out – some fantastic bowlers."

"But the old guys still seem to do the trick – AB de Villiers was there, Imran Tahir was taking wickets, I was up in the wickets. Maybe we will get the nod, maybe we don't - but I'm putting my hand up."

There is a possibility that Steyn might be reunited with former teammate AB de Villiers during the showpiece event given the positive developments linking the champion batter's imminent comeback to international cricket.