DURBAN – Dale Steyn walked off the gleaming Perth Stadium with a smile to match the architecture. He had just bowled a spell of quality, setting the tone for South Africa to ultimately spank Australia by six wickets.
Steyn smiled at a job well done and, perhaps, at the pleasant change of walking off a field in Perth without the need for medical intervention. Sunday was a good day for the Proteas, one where they showed why they will be regarded as something more sincere than outsiders come the 2019 World Cup.
Their victory over the world champions could have been more emphatic, but the message was loud and clear enough for the Australians and the rest. The SA team may be slowly changing its face, but there are still some old truths that hold firm.
One of those is an attack that continues to produce the goods, around the world. Steyn arrived to one fast bowling dynasty, and then grew into one himself. Now, in the autumn of his career, Steyn is thrilled to be sharing the stage with the heirs to his throne.
“We’ve been bowling really well of late. One of our strengths has been our bowling for a while now,” Steyn pointed out.