COMEBACK: Proteas pace express Dale Steyn

Despite Day Three of the first Test against New Zealand being rained out, bowling coach Charl Langeveldt hailed returning heroes Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander.

The comeback of his premier fast bowlers in a curtailed second day at Kingsmead on Saturday thrilled the former swing king.

Steyn (2/3) and Philander (0/12) showed signs of their best in the 12 overs they bowled before rain drew an early end to the day and washed out yesterday too.

Langes says: “Having the two of them back in international cricket bowling in tandem is pleasing

“It didn’t swing as much for us but it did seam a lot and that was the key for us.

“When they [New Zealand] bowled it swung a lot and the guys played and missed by a country mile.

“It worked in our favour because we got the ball to do enough, on a greenish wicket, that is what you need.

“You need to get five out of six balls in the right area in an over and build pressure and so must the other bowler, you need guys to bowl in tandem.”

The former Cape Cobras ace added that Dale and Vern will bring 21-year-old South African Cricketer of the Year Kagiso Rabada along in leaps and bounds.

He adds: “On the field they can teach him (Rabada) a lot about patience. They control the game so he can run in and be aggressive and attacking.”

NZ are 15/2 trailing SA’s first innings score of 263.