His team won the toss and opted to bat but Dale Steyn prepared relentlessly for the opening Test against Australia at Gabba. His approach? Hitting cardboard cutouts in the nets.
The pacer has been made target of off-field talks with former South Africa player and Australia's current coach saying Steyn cannot bowl at left-handers. Not surprisingly then, most of the cardboard cuts-outs on the eve of the opening Test resembled left-handers, according to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The same report says that the Protean bowlers were out putting finishing touches to what they have been training for as South Africa look to defend their World Number 1 ranking in Tests.
Alan Donald had previously said that the visitors Down Under come with the best attack ever but Arthur had countered by pointing out what he felt was Steyn's chink in the armour. When South Africa coach Gary Kirsten was asked to comment, he had said: Put it this way, we will use it as good motivation! (Related read: Steyn fired up by jibe)