Steyn warns Dutch

Proteas paceman relishing crack at associate nation

Last updated: 2nd March 2011  

Steyn warns Dutch

Steyn: Competition for places

I played here in the IPL and I think it will be better for the pace bowlers. This will be our first day game, so we don't know what the conditions will be like, but I've heard it will be a quicker deck than most of the others in India.

Dale Steyn
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South Africa and the Netherlands meet on Thursday with Dale Steyn sending an ominous warning to the minnows that they will be facing a hostile pace barrage.

After a promising performance in defeat against England in their World Cup opener, the Netherlands were then skittled out by Kemar Roach and West Indies for just 115 in a 215-run defeat.

Even more pace is expected in the Mohali wicket, giving Steyn confidence of adding to the three wickets he took against West Indies in South Africa's opener.

The Proteas are expected to bring in Lonwabo Tsotsobe to supplement fellow fast bowlers Steyn and Morne Morkel.

Fast track

"I played here in the IPL and I think it will be better for the pace bowlers," said Steyn, referring to his stint with the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

"This will be our first day game, so we don't know what the conditions will be like, but I've heard it will be a quicker deck than most of the others in India."

The introduction of leg-spinner Imran Tahir, who took four wickets in the win over West Indies, looks to have finally ended South Africa's long search for an attacking slow bowler.

Steyn says that an increase in bowling options, plus a strong competition for places resulting from more strength in depth, can finally help them win some silverware.

Competition

"There's some great competition for places," Steyn added. "With all the different surfaces and conditions we'll come across, it means all the guys feel they have a point to prove. It's an awesome problem to have."

The Netherlands were desperately disappointed in the way their batting collapsed against West Indies after running England so close in the opener - and skipper Peter Borren knows they must shape up to face the Proteas attack.

"It was not a fast pitch but Kemar bowled really well," said Borren, whose side could be unchanged for the third straight match.

"He is a quick bowler and he wiped out the tail in no time.

"There are going to be other good bowlers like him in the tournament and we will have to learn to play them better.

"Inconsistency is very frustrating. We certainly have more potential than what we showed against them (West Indies). Now we've got to forget this performance and look forward to the upcoming games."

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