After a year on the sidelines, Dale Steyn is finally ready to bowl his first ball in professional cricket again.
The Phalaborwa Express broke a bone in his shoulder while playing for the Proteas against Australia in November last year and has been sidelined ever since.
But he will take the field again tonight when a star-studded Titans outfit clash with the Knights in T20 Challenge action in Kimberley (6pm).
With Proteas such as Aiden Markram, Dean Elgar, Quinton de Kock, Albie Morkel, Farhaan Behardien, Tabraiz Shamsi and batsman supreme AB de Villiers all in his squad, coach Mark Boucher believes Steyn will take them to another level.
Boucher says: “I don’t think we bowled particularly well [in the win over the Lions] and I don’t think we fielded particularly well.
“Obviously we have a strong batting line-up and I think it made the game look a lot easier than it actually was.
“So there’s a lot of areas I feel we can improve on.”
Of his international stars, Boucher adds: “I think the Proteas playing is going to raise the standard of cricket because it’s going to give a lot of the domestic players an opportunity they rarely have, which is to test themselves and sort of judge themselves as to how good they really are when they are up against a Protea bowler or batter.”