Steyn: Retirement rumours absolute rubbish


South Africa paceman Dale Steyn insists rumours that his international career is coming to end are "absolute rubbish".

Steyn has been troubled by groin and shoulder problems in recent months and his absence for the upcoming fourth Test against England means he will have missed six out of the past eight matches for South Africa in cricket's longest format.

The Proteas are beset with problems having been battered by seven wickets in the third Test against England leaving them trailing by an unassailable 2-0 deficit.

Captain AB de Villiers has already spoken of his desire to better manage his workload, and Steyn's injury problems have increased speculation he might call time on his glittering South Africa career.

But the 32-year-old insists he still has plenty to offer, telling Business Day: "It's absolute rubbish.

"I played 48 tests in a row, didn't miss a single one, and now suddenly I'm an injury liability at the age of 32? It's ridiculous.

"Injuries can happen to anybody but I'm still one of the fittest players in the squad and I have many, many overs left in me.

"The Test team is going through some huge changes and I want to help lead the way as one of the senior players. This is no time to turn your back and walk away, that's the last thing on my mind."

Meanwhile, South Africa confirmed that seamer Hardus Viljoen and wicketkeeper Dane Vilas have been released from the squad to play domestic cricket, as has opener Rilee Rossouw.

Vilas had been called up as a late replacement for Quinton de Kock, who missed the third Test after suffering a knee injury while walking his dogs.

However, De Kock has passed a fitness Test and will play in the fourth and final encounter in Centurion.