London, July 19 (ANI): World No 1 bowler Dale Steyn has said his battle with England counterpart Jimmy Andersoson will not be the key to the series, as his main focus will be to win Tests for South Africa.
The Proteas will replace England at the summit of the International Cricket Council’s standings if they win the series 3-0.
“Will my battle with Jimmy be the key to the series? Not necessarily, because you can sometimes see someone bowling outstandingly well and ending up on the losing side. I don’t really care if I get one or 20 wickets in this series provided I do what the team needs from me to win Test matches,” Steyn told The Daily Mail.
“Don’t get me wrong, I would love to take a lot of wickets here but there is something that is more important than the individual and that is the team,” he said.
“We don’t think we’re going out there to dominate, but we’re confident in our preparations and the batsmen look ready while the bowlers look hungry.”
Steyn also warned his opponents to be prepared to face South Africa captain Graeme Smith at The Oval.
He said: “It’s just amazing that our leader is about to play his 100th Test match. Wow! What an achievement that is. Graeme has captained every game that I’ve played for South Africa and has been a fantastic leader and a great player for the team.
“He has always led from the front with the bat. He never has to force people to listen to him.” (ANI)