South Africa's Dale Steyn said he has no intention of ending international career and feels he was born to play Test cricket after win over New Zealand.
Dale Steyn has no intention of ending his stellar international career and feels he was born to play Test cricket after inspiring South Africa to a series victory over New Zealand on Tuesday.
Paceman Steyn has been troubled by injuries, which raised questions over his future with the Proteas, but showed he is still among the best bowlers in the world by sealing a 204-run victory over the Black Caps in Centurion.
The 33-year-old took 5-33 - his 26th five-wicket haul in Tests - in the second innings as South Africa bowled New Zealand out for 195 on day four to win the series 1-0 after the first match ended in a draw.
Steyn said he is by no means finished after ripping through the tourists with some hostile bowling.
"I just want to play. I don't know if I will wake up in a month and can't do it anymore or if I will wake up in four years and can't do it anymore." said Steyn.
"I just really enjoy playing Test cricket. I love it. It's what I feel I have been put on earth to do.
"I do not know when to pull the plug or when the time to make that decision will come but if I am still making batters jump around and the pace is there, I will carry on doing what I am doing."
Steyn insisted at no point did he feel that his playing days at international level were over when he was struck by injury woes.
"No, there was never any doubt. I tried to rush back for the Bangalore Test [in November] and if I hadn't, I would have probably played the [rest of the] series against India," he said.
"Then, against England, I tried to go from 0 to 100 too quickly and I broke a bone in my shoulder which is very rare. It was not a case of age or ability. There was no doubt that my ability was there or that I could play this game anymore."