Cape Town Blitz fast bowler Anrich Nortje is relishing his role alongside Proteas pace ace Dale Steyn.
The duo shared the new ball in Sunday’s Mzansi Super League triumph over the Durban Heat at Kingsmead and will likely do so again against the Nelson Mandela Bay Giants at Newlands on Wednesday.
‘It has been unbelievable sharing a dressing room with Dale Steyn. He’s just as awesome off the field as he is on the field and it’s really been a highlight in my career to be playing with him,’ said Nortje.
‘So far we’ve been focusing on game plans and plans to certain guys, which has helped me a lot. I think later in the tournament I’ll try to do some skills with him and just try to improve one or two aspects of my game.’
Right-armer Nortje took a match-winning four-wicket haul against the Heat, which included the key dismissals of Hashim Amla and Temba Bavuma.
‘I’m very happy with my contributions on the field thus far, it’s been a great start for us and I’m really looking forward to taking the momentum into the next couple of games,’ he added.
‘If given the new ball again with Steyn, building a good partnership between us could be crucial going forward. Good starts from a bowling perspective could mean that we can put teams under pressure early in their innings and maybe try to restrict them as much as possible.’
Above: Anrich Nortje celebrates the wicket of Temba Bavuma of the Durban Heat during the Mzansi Super League match between Durban Heat and Cape Town Blitz at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead on November 18, 2018 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Anesh Debiky/Gallo Images)