Dale Steyn will play his first ODI since October 2016, and with the World Cup eight months away, South Africa coach Ottis Gibson has calculated that speed will add value to his squad as a mentor.
With his experience, [he’s a natural mentor] anyway because that's the kind of man he is, "Gibson said four days before the start of the ODI series against Zimbabwe." Talk to the guys in the whole group and have your experience there, play or not, [is great]. There is nothing to say that will play all the games, but have it in and around the dressing room and dressing room. The networks that transmit their experience can only be good for the boys.
"Once Dale is fit, for me he is still one of the best two bowlers in the country, apart from KG [Kagiso Rabada]and he has gone and shown that he is fit, so come back and we'll see how he goes in the next matches.
"He's still clearly very passionate about playing for his country, and we'll do an evaluation on Dale in this series and the next against Australia, the next six games, and we'll see how we move from there. "
How Steyn fits into a team that already contains both Kagiso Rabada and Lungi Ngidi is just one of the riddles facing South Africa as they prepare for the World Cup next year. ODI against Zimbabwe this weekend is the first of 16 that South Africa will play before its first World Cup match against England in The Oval on May 30, 2019 and the next games against Zimbabwe, and possibly those that continue against Pakistan, probableme Be the South – Africa's last chance to try new players and combinations before settling for its World Cup contenders, Gibson hinted.
"Everyone who has an opportunity now will know that there will be fewer and fewer opportunities in the future, so you have to do every opportunity you have at this stage," he said.
"We've seen some guys, and this series and the next one in my mind, and I've already talked to the coaches about that, it's probably the last kind of opportunity to see guys that we've discussed but we have not had the I think that by the time we enter Pakistan and certainly the Sri Lankan series in the new year, we will be looking to choose the team that we think is most likely to be the team that goes to the World Cup. So this is an opportunity to look at one or two players. "
With Faf du Plessis and Hashim Amla injured and Quinton of Kock and David Miller rested, the most obvious positions that South Africa could be looking to experience are at its top and middle. Heinrich Klaasen and Dean Elgar have played only six ODIs each, while Christiaan Jonker has only a solitary T20I in his name. These are largely unproven options, although Gibson sees a lot of potential in Jonker and a "like". replacement of Amla in Elgar.
"When you look at this squad we have now, Faf is missing, Quinny is missing, Hash is absent, and there are no real older adults," Gibson said. Dean is a similar exchange of Hash, you think again about the World Cup, and this is thinking a bit later, and then you see Dean's record in almost every county he played in England, then he clearly enters the So, this gives us the opportunity to see Dean as a replacement for Hash, and see how he goes, he always made it clear that he is still interested in playing international cricket one day, and this gives us the opportunity to see him in that position.
"We wanted to see Klaasen a bit more, and Christiaan Jonker came in and did quite well for us in the T20. Their numbers in the franchise system are pretty good. What we have proposed from the beginning is to try to have almost two players for each position. We know what David [Miller] can do. He has not had many races recently, but this is an opportunity to see Christiaan in that position so we can then evaluate both of them and see what we can move forward. "
Jonker's T20I solo against India in February it was the only time Gibson had seen him alive until that moment, but he liked what he saw then, and said that Jonker had worked hard to bring his physical condition to the required level.
"I liked that he came in and he just did not have complications, "Gibson said." He just looked at the ball and hit it. And obviously he understood his game and his strengths very well. And he probably also understood that if you're going to play cricket T20 international you have to be a bit more fit, so he's gone and I worked really hard on that and I hope he can give a very good account of himself in the next series "
Gibson said that the likes of Temba Bavuma, Chris Morris and Vernon Philander, although not in the framework of the Zimbabwe series, were still part of the team's thoughts on the World Cup. of an ankle injury in November, while Morris was sidelined after injuring his back during this year's IPL, Morris will return to action with the Titans when South Africa's domestic season starts this week, but Gibson did not hide his concern about Morris's injury-prone past.
"My problem with Morris … Okay, there's a bit of a cricket problem, but the biggest problem is the physical form, cr eo, "Gibson said. "Not in terms of general fitness, but in terms of staying in the park, Morris over the past three years has had a lot of injury problems, more than cricket problems, and I think once he's fit and strong, then I think that is real Talent will come to light This is the message I already gave to him We know what Morris can do, and we want him to be as good as possible to allow himself to do what we know he is capable of doing. to fitness now and playing for the Titans, which is fantastic, and if he can play the next month and a half, two months for the Titans and harden up to cricket, that's obviously very good for us. "