Dale Steyn


Although Dale Steyn has been on the South African cricket scene for some time, it's only in the past 18 months that he has really exploded on to the Test cricket arena. Steyn's bowling netted him 74 Test wickets in the 2008 calendar year, only six behind Allan Donald's South African record of 80. This cemented Steyn as the backbone of the Proteas bowling attack, which for too long has been solely reliant on Makhaya Ntini and the ageing Shaun Pollock. Steyn's extreme pace, coupled with his ability to swing the ball away from right-handers, has destroyed opposition batting line-ups around the world. Steyn secured his place in history as the quickest South African bowler to achieve 100 Test wickets and to reach the 150 Test wickets mark in the shortest time. The young Titan's bowler won three successive man-of-the-series awards against New Zealand, the West Indies and Bangladesh and the fact that he took 38 wickets in his three Test series on the sub-continent underlines his ability to bowl under all conditions. He was named Test Cricketer of the Year for 2008 at the ICC awards following his selection as Mutual & Federal SA Cricketer of the Year and SA Test Cricketer of the Year. � Lloyd Gedye

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