Proteas don't need KP and Trott, says Steyn
Dale Steyn has stoked the fires ahead of South African's series against England, stating that he doesn't believe Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott would necessarily be good enough to make the current Proteas side.
Fresh of Trott's declaration that he loves the rain of his adopted Birmingham more than the sun he grew up with in Cape Town, the topic of South African-born players representing England has once again come to the fore.
Trott, Pietersen and Craig Kieswetter are all South African exports currently in the England set-up and while Steyn doesn't begrudge the decision they made, he insists they're not missed.
"I'm very open minded about life, and people have to do what they have to do,' he told the Daily Mail.
"I've got no problems with that. Pietersen, Trott and Kieswetter are the ones, really, and they're fantastic players but I'm not saying we're missing out because, if I look at our team, I feel who would they knock out? I think they'd have a hard time getting into our team now. Seriously.
"I'm happy for them that they've come over here and made good lives for themselves and achieved fantastic things in cricket but I'm not saying that we miss them at all. I'm sure they would have done just as well if they'd stayed at home but they play for England. We've got loads of guys at home who want to play for South Africa who are very good players.
"The Proteas want to achieve fantastic things. Obviously we don't want players to leave to play in England, New Zealand and Australia but if they decide to do that what can we do?
"All I'd say to the England players is that they will soon be playing for the No.2 team in the world because we want to get to No.1."
The small matter of the number one test ranking his up for grabs when the two teams meet in a three-match series, with the Proteas requiring a series win to move ahead of their hosts.
Steyn reveals that the Proteas are brimming with confidence and that he rates the current crop of players and the atmosphere in the camp as the best he has come across.
"We've got a great side, a fantastic team," said the fast bowler.
"Our team is full of quality individuals and when we all pull together it makes for a very strong cricket team. I'm looking forward to seeing what these guys can produce, not just myself. There is some big cricket coming up for us here and in Australia.
"The ranking is something we are really striving for. You want to be the No.1 team in the world. You want to lead the way. You want other teams looking at you and saying, "What are they doing that we need to do?" And when they get close to you we then step up again. That's what we really want to do.
"I feel like this is the best environment I've been involved in. Man for man we have some wonderful players. When I started we had some great cricketers such as Shaun Pollock and Makhaya Ntini and some of the same guys we have now. The team hasn't changed that much but the maturity of the guys has come on leaps and bounds since when I was first around.
"The environment feels so professional. Not that it wasn't before but, if this team played the team we had a couple of years ago, this one would be better."