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Thu Apr 24 10:34:10 SAST 2014

Draw isn't on the cards, says Steyn

TEAMtalk Media | 13 August, 2012 14:140 Comments
England v South Africa: 1st Investec Test - Day Four
Dale Steyn of South Africa celebrates dismissing Jonathan Trott of England during day four of the first test at The Oval on July 22, 2012 in London, England
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is 'pretty excited' about the third and final test against England at Lord's this week, especially as the Proteas are on the verge of becoming the number one test nation.

South Africa lead the series 1-0, so even a draw will hand them the top spot and relegate England from number one to number three or four, though Steyn says a stalemate is not on the cards if he has anything to do with it.

The Phalaborwa Express said: "I'm pretty excited about Lord's. Gary Kirsten mentioned the other day that we are on the brink of something special.

"In a few days' time we could be the number one test team in the world. He said we should enjoy this time because this is what we've worked for."

The Proteas' build-up to this test, and essentially their entire tour, has been helped by the off-field drama surrounding the England camp thanks to Kevin Pietersen. As a result, the media focus has not been on the cricket, leaving the visitors to prepare in peace.

Of the hype surrounding the team's chances, Steyn said: "It's weird. We're just in a really nice groove and in such a good environment that we haven't had too much pressure. Everybody seems so up for it.

"Guys know what their job is. There's a lot of trust. If we go on and win then in a month, two months after this, maybe in a year, we might sit back and say maybe we should have had different feelings. But we're 1-0 up with one game to go and I'm not going to change the way we do things."

Steyn made sure there was no doubt about his side's attacking mindset going into the final match, saying a draw would not be considered unless the weather ruined their chances of a win.

He added: "If the weather wasn't around I reckon we would have been in a better situation. A draw is not in our eyes. We've come out here to play good, attacking positive cricket.

"It's the way we want to play and we are definitely going for it at Lord's. It just shows test cricket is definitely alive and that this current South African team is trying to push for it."

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