South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg

Steyn's best, and de Villiers' record

Stats highlights from day four of the first Test in Johannesburg

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan

February 4, 2013

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Dale Steyn made inroads with the second new ball, South Africa v Pakistan, 1st Test, Johannesburg, 4th day, February 4, 2013
Dale Steyn has the best strike rate and average among bowlers with 200-plus wickets in wins © AFP

Despite Pakistan's fight, the hosts completed the formalities early on the fourth day. Here are the numbers from yet another commanding opening-Test win for South Africa.

  • Dale Steyn's 11 for 60 is his best match bowling performance in Tests surpassing his previous best of 10 for 91 against New Zealand in Centurion in 2007. Overall, it is the seventh-best match bowling performance by a South African bowler. Since South Africa's readmission, Steyn's 11 for 60 is the second-best bowling performance in Tests in Johannesburg behind Matthew Hoggard's 12 for 205 in 2005. Steyn's performance is also the fifth-best match display against Pakistan and the second-best outside the subcontinent behind Derek Underwood's 13 for 71 at Lord's in 1974.
  • The number of runs conceded by Steyn (60) is the lowest ever (joint 12th overall) by a South African bowler picking up a ten-wicket match haul. It is also the fewest number of runs conceded by a bowler against Pakistan while picking up a ten-wicket haul in the game. Steyn also became the eighth bowler to pick up twin five-fors in a Test against Pakistan and the first since James Anderson at Trent Bridge in 2010. Among South African bowlers, only Steyn and Makhaya Ntini have picked up twin five-wicket hauls on three different occasions.
  • Steyn has now picked up 225 wickets in Test wins. Among bowlers with 200-plus wickets in wins, Steyn has the best strike rate (29.9) followed by Waqar Younis (35.0). Steyn's average of 15.79 is also the best among bowlers with 200-plus wickets in wins. Among pace bowlers in the group, only Glenn McGrath has more five-wicket hauls in wins (18).
  • Steyn, who has picked up 183 wickets at home, has the best strike rate and the third-best average among bowlers with 175-plus wickets in home Tests. Among South African bowlers, only Ntini and Shaun Pollock have more Test wickets at home.
  • AB de Villiers equalled the record of Jack Russell for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in a Test (11 dismissals). Russell had set the record in Johannesburg in 1995. De Villiers also became the only wicketkeeper to score a century and effect ten dismissals in the same game.
  • South Africa improved their head-to-head record against Pakistan to 7-2 in ten Tests at home. Their losses came in Durban (1998) and Port Elizabeth (2006). In three matches in Johannesburg, South Africa have won two and drawn one. Since their readmission, South Africa are 22-8 in the opening Test of home series (two-plus match series). Four of the eight losses have come against Australia.
  • Of the 22 times that Pakistan have been set a target greater than 400, they have drawn five and lost 17. All five of the draws have come in Tests played in the subcontinent. Since 2000, the only two wins for Pakistan in an opening Test outside the subcontinent have come against New Zealand.
  • Pakistan faced 100.4 overs in the fourth innings. This is the ninth time that they have faced 100 or more overs in the final innings. They have won once and lost on four of the nine occasions. It is also the highest (seventh overall) number of overs faced by a subcontinent team in the fourth innings in a Test in South Africa since South Africa's readmission.

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan is a sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Sports4Youth on (February 7, 2013, 8:58 GMT)

@ PakoP :

I Agree. Styen is a fast track bully. He can bowl only in their conditinos or similer conditions that are found in England & Australia.


Posted by   on (February 6, 2013, 19:10 GMT)

@PakoP: So Steyn averaging 21 in India is a flop? How about his 7-51 in Nagpur? Was an innings win not good enough?

Posted by BillyCC on (February 6, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

@PakoP, look at the numbers, Steyn has done very well in India.

Posted by bluefunk on (February 6, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

What I really want to watch is Steyn vs AB the batsman. There was one memorable encounter during the IPL last year when Steyn got belted, perfect yorkers disappearing over cover for six and so on. But that was in India, and at 20-20 at that. It might well be a different ballgame in say, Durban or the Wanderers in a test match. That's not going to happen, so I guess I'll watch out for accounts from RSA domestic first-class.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (February 5, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

When Sri Lanka have been bowled out for 43, New Zealand have been bowled out for 45, Australia have been bowled out for 47, Pakistan have been bowled out for 49, doesn't that tell you something about the quality of the bowling and the difficulty of the pitches?Dale Steyn deserves his due. You can criticise Pakistan all day, but one should at least have the courtesy to appreciate a sublime bowler, a sublime talent, a once in a generation bowler, a lethal bowler who has found the edge and ran through the defences of many highly respectable test match batsmen. In an age where batsmen dominate, seeing the ball angle, swing, zip through like it does when Steyn is charging in; is agreeably a refreshing sight. His accuracy is unerring, his swing is late, his pace is always up, and his attitude is one of a man who refuses to give up...

Posted by PakoP on (February 5, 2013, 17:11 GMT)

I think a complete fast bowler is effective on all pitches. STEYN is not impressive at all in subcontinent, comparing to Wasim, Waqar, McGrath , Ambrose...

Dale Steyn is very similar to Jeff Thompson or Sir Richard Hadlee .... They all FLOPPED in Subcontinent pitches, which is Half of the worlds cricket.

Posted by Waws on (February 5, 2013, 9:04 GMT)

The amount of workload a fast bowlers body takes is so much more compare to that of a spinner,if you look at the amount of tests the top 3 spinners played to that of the leading fast bowlers you will see the difference..also remember that fast bowlers open their bowling spells against the top four top 5 batmen were spinners most of the time start theirs when some of the top order has already been dismissed ...You cant compare the great spinners against the great fast bowlers,roles are to different as well as the amount of workload,spinners can easily bowl 10 -15 over spells at a time were the fast guys can only do 5-8 over spells,also go look at the overs bowled stats of the great spinners and compare that to the fast bowlers..

Posted by crashed on (February 5, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

@Amol_Ind_SA hmm I may also remind you that those top 3 wicket takers does not play anymore (or am I wrong Warne Murali and Kumble?) Steyn is just few years on the scene - how long did it took those top 3 wicket takers to accumulate their wickets - a whole career that ended when their sell by date expired Steyn and co is starting their respective careers and has yet to get to their respective sell by dates. When they reached that THEN you compare wickets taken in career. I agree however with you fast bowlers and spin bowlers is classes of their own and cannot be compared against each other. It is like comparing trucks with muscle cars - each good looking but will never be comparable on the same standards. The fast bowlers rarely go the same distance than spinners So compare steyn to fast bowlers as you wish but compare with similar timelines unless of course the bowler passed that milestone on the way to the next. A gr8 1 is 27 wickets to 350 wickets to beat Lillee in 6 matches

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (February 5, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

As per some Pakistani fans their team lost because of DRS. SA can win only with the help of DRS. lol..

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (February 5, 2013, 5:39 GMT)

Sinhaya There is no doubt that Steyn is better than Murali.

Tomorrow you will come up telling that ur so called Kulasekara is better than Steyn?Wont you?This comparison is similar like Kula and Steyn.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (February 5, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Yes, I too am missing The White Lightening and Steyn is doing his part to fill that void.

Posted by igorolman on (February 5, 2013, 1:40 GMT)

Steyn is the best quick since McGrath, and maybe the best quick since Marshall.

Posted by Sinhaya on (February 5, 2013, 0:38 GMT)

@Amol_Ind_SA, fact here is that Steyn has to compete here with 2 other great bowlers like Philander and Morkel. That means he cannot anyway be compared with Murali. Murali reached the top cos it was only Vaas who was the other wicket taker of our bowling attack. Warne largely had only McGrath as the other wicket taker of the bowling attack back then.

Why is it that the awesome Windies pace attack which comprised of Marshall, Holding, Roberts and Garner confined to mostly 200 to 300 wickets? Cos all were equally great enough to share the wickets. I am sure in the next test, it could well be Morkel who would take a lion's share of the wickets to even things out.

Yes you are correct the top 3 test wicket takers are spinners. Kumble too had to mainly had Zaheer Khan as the wicket taker of the bowling attack meaning he too manage to take more wickets just like Murali as I explained.

Posted by philvic on (February 4, 2013, 18:29 GMT)

Well, I think we can agree that Murali was better than Peterson but Steyn has the edge over Vaas.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 4, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Murali got quite a lot of wickets from Zimbabwe and Bangladesh... steyn has hardly played these teams. But both are quality bowlers and personally I think steyn is better.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (February 4, 2013, 16:21 GMT)

@Mark_Srilanka: Have you ever took a look at the Top Test wicket takers of All-Time list before UNfairly comparing Murali to Steyn ??!! In case you missed...the top three wicket takers are legendary Spinners and no Fast Bowler can beat that record in nearer times. Spinners have it easy in a way.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (February 4, 2013, 16:18 GMT)

The first thing, fans of bowlers, should learn is that NEVER ever compare a Spinner's performance/Stats with that of a Fast Bowler. They are totally distinct breeds. And that comparison is totally unfair to Fast Bowlers. Murali (or Kumble/Warne) and Steyn should not even be mentioned in the same sentence of comparison.

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (February 4, 2013, 16:13 GMT)

Comparing a spinner to a fast bowler ?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by SL_rockz on (February 4, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

But Murali is the best ever test and one day bowler of all time....he had far greater achivements than steyn..steyn is good witout a bowler at present.but murali has got 16 wicket haul in one match and have 67 5 wicket hauls + 800 wickets + many more still steyn or any othe bolwer nver threaten these stats....An he has continued his great average and S.R through out his career more than 130+ games.Steyn is in business lets see he can keep these stats when he retires after playing 130+ or even 150+ games...Gud luck steyn you are a great performer and lovely to you very much and wish you all the very best ....

Posted by Amol_Ind_SA on (February 4, 2013, 15:18 GMT)

Now Steyn should get 27 wickets in MAXIMUM six next tests to beat Lillee's record of Fastest-to-350. Easy job.

Posted by Protears on (February 4, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

AB averages 47.11 with the gloves in 20 innings behind the wicket, and they said he cannot bat and be a glove man.

As for Dale Steyn, what more do you need to say.

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