Steyn says MCG batting heroics were no fluke

January 1st, 2009 - 8:45 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jan.1 (ANI): South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has said that his batting heroic in the second innings of the second Test against the Australians at the Melbourne Cricket Ground was no fluke.
As he wound down before attending a celebratory team dinner in his Melbourne hotel on Tuesday night, Steyn, 25, revealed that his batting was once a stronger suit than his fiery fast bowling.
“In my first year at the Cricket Academy I had a hamstring injury that restricted my bowling so I won the batting award,” he said.
That’’s a fact that has stayed hidden, with his previous highest Test score only 32 before his match-turning 76 at the MCG.
Steyn puts this lack of Test runs and his No. 10 position in the batting order down to concentrating on his bowling.
“I practise 98 per cent of the time on my bowling and spend only 2 per cent batting in the nets,” he told the Courier Mail.
Steyn celebrated hard with his Test mates at the MCG after the South African triumph but then returned to the hotel to join his girlfriend, Jeanne Keitzmann.
Sipping a soft drink with her by the fountain at the entrance to the Grand Hyatt Hotel, there were no airs about the new superstar on the cricket horizon. (ANI)

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