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I am proud of myself: Dale

Durban: Dale Steyn is definitely the leader of the South African pace attack. But the pacer was not having a very good time as he was wicketless for more than 69 overs till on Friday he spat fire picking up six wickets. However, Steyn was not too worried with his wicketless spell.

“I didn’t mind the way I was bowling previously… We have to bowl badly to learn from it… And I wasn’t bowling badly. I beat the edges so many times. Sometimes you need a soft dismissal to get going and then you can take wickets off good balls, by turning the momentum towards you. So I needed that momentum, and my tail was up and I picked wickets unlike in Johannesburg,” Steyn said.

Revealing that Proteas’ bowling coach Allan Donald praised his bowling on Friday, Steyn said: “Allan said that it was one of my best five-wicket hauls, because I had gone so long without taking a wicket… People capitulate when they are not able to come back and so I am proud that I could pick myself up and keep going.”

On South Africa’s Durban jinx — they have lost their last four Tests at Kingsmead — Steyn said: “We just needed a little bit of luck, something to go our way, because there was not much in the pitch for the fast bowlers. Durban is always a tough place to bowl, but somehow we always get a result here, though they have gone against us.”

Steyn also said that the team wants to give Jacques Kallis a fitting farewell. “Kallis spoke this morning about how he didn’t want his last Test to be a drawn match. There are still three days left, so we will do everything in our power to give him a victorious farewell. We will score quickly or take wickets quickly and try to win this match for him,” he said.

When asked if he was aware that Kallis would be announcing his retirement, Steyn replied: “I am quite close to him so I knew a week before the announcement… When he did tell me, it almost brought out a tear to my eye. He is very relaxed now in the dressing room, talking a lot more, enjoying his final Test. I hope he enjoys it to the fullest and I hope we can win it for him.”