Dale Steyn: Fast bowler hints at Hampshire return next summer

Dale Steyn celebrates winning the One-Day Cup for Hampshire
Dale Steyn also helped Hampshire to lift the One-Day Cup this season

Dale Steyn hopes to return to Hampshire next summer after a successful stint with the county.

South Africa fast bowler Steyn took 20 wickets in five County Championship appearances.

The 35-year-old has returned home before the end of the season to prepare for his country's one-day series against Zimbabwe later this month.

"I've really enjoyed playing here, but I've still got a lot to offer in international cricket," Steyn said.

"There's 500 Test wickets and 100 Test appearances that I would still like to achieve.

"But the reality is they're both going to be quite difficult to achieve and will take me some time, possibly another two-and-half years.

"Will South Africa still want to pick a 38-year-old by then? I don't know."

Steyn is centrally contracted with Cricket South Africa until July, after the 2019 World Cup, and feels another spell in county cricket could follow it.

"I think [county cricket] will always be waiting for me," he told BBC Radio Solent. "I love playing cricket all year round, that's what I do.

"It's not nothing to do with any other decision than continually playing and if I'm not going to be plying my trade with South Africa, then why not here?"

The right-armer took 13 wickets in Hampshire's last two crucial Division One victories, which look to have eased their relegation worries.

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