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Steyn - No side can match us

Proteas paceman makes bold claim ahead of Sri Lanka showdown

Steyn: Full of confidence

Dale Steyn has spiced things up on the eve of South Africa's ICC Champions Trophy opener against Sri Lanka by insisting "no side can match" his team.

South Africa v Sri Lanka
Tuesday, September 22
1pm (BST), Sky Sports 2

The 26-year-old paceman is set to spearhead the Proteas attack at Centurion Park as they look to affirm their status as the world's top One-Day International outfit.

And Steyn does not give a Sri Lankan team, considered dangerous outsiders for the two-million-dollar first prize, much hope of causing an upset in Tuesday's day-night fixture.

"I believe that this team has played fantastic one-day and Test cricket in the last year and we have really hit our straps," Steyn said.

"If the team play to their potential, and this might sound cocky, I really believe no side can match us at the Champions Trophy.

"Sri Lanka have not been here for a long time apart from those players who came for the Indian Premier League and that was during winter when the ball was not doing a lot and it was Twenty20 cricket."

The hosts have been drawn in a group with New Zealand and England as well, with the top two teams making it through to the tournament's semi-finals.