Sri Lanka v South Africa, 1st Test, Galle, 5th day July 20, 2014

I owe it to Donald - Steyn

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Was always confident about winning - Amla

For inspiration for his paintings, Salvador Dali relied on his wife Gala. For motivation to write the upbeat tune Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles' George Harrison drew on the year he had quit the band temporarily and been arrested. For a reason to bowl faster and fiercer, Dale Steyn looks at the boundary rope because that's where Allan Donald is usually stationed.

South Africa's bowling coach is not an unusual choice for a hero. Everyone from children playing street cricket to members of the opposition, like Mark Gillespie of New Zealand, cite Donald as someone they look up to. But to Steyn, he is more than just a role-model. He is also a personal tutor, a cheerleader and a friend.

"Allan is an amazing bowler. I watched a couple of his Youtube videos before I bowled here and he was just incredible. And then every day he comes and tells you how good you are and what a legend you are. That must take a lot out of him because he is a legend himself," Steyn said. "That's why every time I take wickets, I try to signal to him; to try and say this is not just for the team and the fans. This is to say thank you. He keeps me going."

Since Donald took over as South Africa's bowling coach in June 2011, Steyn's success has soared. In the three years between then and now, Steyn has taken more than a third of his total career wickets at a lower average than his overall numbers. Not only is he more threatening than he was before, he is also more miserly. His 133 scalps have come at 21.84 with an economy rate of 2.91. Before Donald's tenure, Steyn had 232 wickets at 23.2 and conceded 3.48 runs to the over.

Those performances have included match-winning bursts against teams including Pakistan and Australia at home and now, Sri Lanka in Galle. Steyn picked up the best figures by a seamer at this venue - nine for 99 in the match - a feat made even better by the expectation conditions would conspire to work against him in this series. "Every time I go on tour I want to better my last performance. Every time I come to the subcontinent I want to do well," Steyn said. "If I run in and take a five-for on a green track, no-one cares but if you run in and take a five-for here, that really counts."

Steyn's performance was headlined as much by pace as it was by purpose. He knew bowling quickly would work no matter the type of surface but he also knew bowling with an attacking approach would allow no wriggle room against an opposition who thought there was a realistic chance to pull off a historic chase. "It's not the fastest wicket in the world but if you can get pace through the air and bowl with a bit of aggression you always stand a chance," he explained. "It's the kind of wicket where you have to bowl the ball in the right areas more often."

That adaption and attention to discipline is something Donald has enforced rigorously since he became part of the set-up. He wants South Africa's pack to operate under the principles of jungle law: hunt or be hunted. That approach seems to have been picked up by more than just the seamers.

Hashim Amla, in his first Test as captain, made a declaration that was considered too bold for a man taking baby steps in Test leadership but was rooted in realism. Amla and the management knew that no team had scored more than 300 runs in the final innings at Galle, they knew that no team had chased more than 96 to win successfully here and that no team has batted out more than 114 overs in the fourth innings.

So they made the decision to call time on their innings at a time when Sri Lanka would need 370 to win. They had 122 overs to do it, which made it a comfortable equation but you can see why South Africa did not think they would be bowling that many. Their safety net was secure as it could have been but still, there was a stage when it seemed to be hanging by a slender thread.

"I just wanted to have as many overs as possible to win the game. If we had lost the game, so be it but that would give us the best chance to win the game," Amla said. "At 110 for 1 the thought in my mind that maybe we could lose but batting last, chasing 370 is a tough ask for any team."

Other captains may have become nervous or defensive. But Amla did not because he enjoyed the shifting sands in the tussle. "I was confident and I was extremely excited because the uncertainty is quite exciting. The thought was there that we could lose this game but if we lost the game I wouldn't have had any regrets," he said.

"It helped that the bowlers were hungry. They asked for the ball regularly. Once we picked up one and I could see how the game is unfolding, I tried to use the spinners to hold the game more because the seamers were doing the job today."

Steyn struck the first blow, Morkel joined in and then when JP Duminy snared Kumar Sangakkara with a long-hop, Amla knew he had his victory even though it came from an unexpected source. "Some plans you don't tell the captain, you just give the bowlers the freedom to do what they want," he joked. "Those kind of things, I mean how often do you see a good ball not get a wicket and then a not so good ball get a wicket? It's just part of the game."

In celebration, South Africa may salute their muses. The team's is likely that they are a massive step closer to regaining the No.1 ranking. Steyn's is Donald and Amla's? "A nice cup of tea to enjoy the win." As long as it's Ceylon tea, even Sri Lankans will approve of that.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • on July 20, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Steyn is one of the greatest Test fast bowlers of all time at this point, having proven himself on all types of surfaces against all types of opposition. He may even be the best, period. The next 2-3 years will tell, as he's now in the peak period of his career. There are only a few things missing from his record, really, including a truly devastating 2nd innings spell against top opposition (5+ wickets for +/- 10 runs) to seal a match, and a large match haul of 12+ wickets. He'll likely be targeting his performance against left-handers and his overall impact in the second innings as goals for improvement during this period. If he manages that... well, I think it'll be difficult to deny him his place in the pantheon of pure pace deities alongside Marshall and Lillee. (A few legends reside in the antechamber - Donald is among them, as are Wasim, Imran, Waqar, Garner, Holding, Ambrose, Trueman, and perhaps one or two others.)

  • SLSup on July 22, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Response to highveldhillbilly: Based on your view-point then perhaps it is right to say the comparison between Barnes and Murali is valid. Barnes didn't even have one like Vaas to assist him. Like Murali, Barnes was in a league of his own.

    I am not so sure if Murali bowled such "massive" number of overs as you say. He played in 133 Tests @ 55 overs a Test (800 wickets). Warne, by comparison, bowled 47 overs a Test (but played 12 more Tests/145 for 708 wickets). How is a 8 over advantage PER TEST explain a difference of 92 wickets between them when their strike rate is in mid 50's?

    It is said Murali took most wickets at home, as do almost all bowlers. But he did take wickets AWAY at rates other greats (like Steyn/Lille/Warne) has! Murali did a BARNES on conditions that suited him. : )

    Steyn bowls 35 in a Test - which is usual for most pace bowlers (35-45 overs per Test). I think he has a better record than all other pace bowlers. Ahead of Lillee.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 22, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    McGrath was a great bowler, but a medium paced trundler is a medium paced trundler. I would rather pay money to watch steyn than Mcgrath any day. Steyn is a match swinger- he can be devastating. He can turn it on and blow teams away on ANY surface. Besides Steyns Strike rate is the best of all great bowlers at the moment, which means he takes more wickets per balls bowled than anyone. Because mcgrath bowled medium pace, he had longevity and his control to put the ball on offstump was incredible. A better bowler than Steyn? No, not for me.

  • on July 22, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @ legfinedee while I agree that Steyn is a better bowler than McGrath I have to laugh at your comparison of Tendulkar/Lara and Kalis. I have been watching cricket since the 80's and Kalis is without doubt the best most complete CRICKETER to play the game since then and perhaps ever. Kalis is at worst comparable to both Tendulkar and Lara when just comparing batting, but when you throw in the other two disciplines the contest is over. People struggle to give credit where credit is due. Both Steyn and Kalis are in the "best ever" conversation. Stats don't lie

  • Saffie1987 on July 22, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    For me it is quite simple, and i am not saying this because i am a south-african, but steyn still has about 4/5 years left to play in his career, and people are already debating whether or not Dale Steyn can be called the greatest test bowler ever! This tells me that if steyn continues like this for the next 4/5 years, and he manages to break Glen Mcgrath's 563 test wickets, i am pretty certain the majority of cricket followers and lovers, will consider Dale Steyn to be the greatest fast bowler ever! Plus by then if one takes a look at Dale Steyn's statistics, this opinion will only be strenghtened even more!

  • the_blue_android on July 22, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @ Daniel Aebi - Steyn is a much better bowler than McGrath. McGrath was never as successful as Steyn is in the subcontinent. McGrath took half of his wickets against poms.

  • highveldhillbilly on July 22, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Steyn is my hero - ok now on to @SLSup - couple of things - Marshal probably averaged less than 5 wickets per test because he was part of a very strong bowling line up, this may have helped his average but it certainly reduced the number if wickets available to him. On the flip side, Murali was by far and away Sri Lanka's biggest strike force (Vaas was far behind him) he bowled a massive number of overs and the other bowlers, to be fair, weren't that great so he had the opportunity to take massive amounts of wickets. This isn't an attempt to take away from Murali's record but rather to highlight that the depth of quality impacted on Murali's and Marshal's career.

  • SLSup on July 22, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Lillee was the greatest pacie before Steyn. Marshall's record is quite incredible although, on further investigation, he does average less than 5 wickets per game over 81 Tests.

    Spare a thought to perhaps the best bowler of all time: Muralitharan. He may not belong in a "pace pantheon" or its "antechamber" but averaging 5 wickets per game outside of the Subcontinent (the average number of wickets that Lillee/Steyn has against all comers) and 6 wickets per Test in Subcontinent conditions, Murali is simply incomparable as a bowler.

    Then there is Sydney Barnes at 7 wickets per Test. A close comparison between Barne's Test and First Class careers with Murali's certainly tells a tale. What a pity this has to be said by a Sri Lankan.

  • srikanths on July 22, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    While Steyn without doubt is an all time great, let us not forget the Pak great Wasim and Waqar whose record in most unhelpful conditions in Pak and India stand out. The greatest exponent of swing and seam bowling was Wasim Akram ,an almost incomparable magician who used to make the ball literally talk.

  • srikanths on July 22, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Steyn is as good as any of the best of yesteryears,comparable to a Lillee , a Marhshall or an Ambrose.

    You look at his record, he has performed across , including the sub continent. Even the great Lillee struggled in the only series he played in the sub continent against Pakistan, if I recall correctly.

    Steyn bowls fast,seams it beautifully,reverse swings ,accurate . May be he does not get the disconcerting bounce of some of the greats like Lillee but he more than makes up with his phenomenal variations, accuracy , pace and movement.

    Fantastic bowler, who people acknowledge as very good but somehow never get down to acknowledging as an equal to yesteryears greats.He is an all time great without doubt.Recall how his slighlty below par performances in a OZ test against India and possibly against earlier raised eyebrows. That is the difference between a great and ordinary ones. In a great we question the rare below par performance and in an average cricketer we praise good performance

  • on July 20, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Steyn is one of the greatest Test fast bowlers of all time at this point, having proven himself on all types of surfaces against all types of opposition. He may even be the best, period. The next 2-3 years will tell, as he's now in the peak period of his career. There are only a few things missing from his record, really, including a truly devastating 2nd innings spell against top opposition (5+ wickets for +/- 10 runs) to seal a match, and a large match haul of 12+ wickets. He'll likely be targeting his performance against left-handers and his overall impact in the second innings as goals for improvement during this period. If he manages that... well, I think it'll be difficult to deny him his place in the pantheon of pure pace deities alongside Marshall and Lillee. (A few legends reside in the antechamber - Donald is among them, as are Wasim, Imran, Waqar, Garner, Holding, Ambrose, Trueman, and perhaps one or two others.)

  • SLSup on July 22, 2014, 20:06 GMT

    Response to highveldhillbilly: Based on your view-point then perhaps it is right to say the comparison between Barnes and Murali is valid. Barnes didn't even have one like Vaas to assist him. Like Murali, Barnes was in a league of his own.

    I am not so sure if Murali bowled such "massive" number of overs as you say. He played in 133 Tests @ 55 overs a Test (800 wickets). Warne, by comparison, bowled 47 overs a Test (but played 12 more Tests/145 for 708 wickets). How is a 8 over advantage PER TEST explain a difference of 92 wickets between them when their strike rate is in mid 50's?

    It is said Murali took most wickets at home, as do almost all bowlers. But he did take wickets AWAY at rates other greats (like Steyn/Lille/Warne) has! Murali did a BARNES on conditions that suited him. : )

    Steyn bowls 35 in a Test - which is usual for most pace bowlers (35-45 overs per Test). I think he has a better record than all other pace bowlers. Ahead of Lillee.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 22, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    McGrath was a great bowler, but a medium paced trundler is a medium paced trundler. I would rather pay money to watch steyn than Mcgrath any day. Steyn is a match swinger- he can be devastating. He can turn it on and blow teams away on ANY surface. Besides Steyns Strike rate is the best of all great bowlers at the moment, which means he takes more wickets per balls bowled than anyone. Because mcgrath bowled medium pace, he had longevity and his control to put the ball on offstump was incredible. A better bowler than Steyn? No, not for me.

  • on July 22, 2014, 7:13 GMT

    @ legfinedee while I agree that Steyn is a better bowler than McGrath I have to laugh at your comparison of Tendulkar/Lara and Kalis. I have been watching cricket since the 80's and Kalis is without doubt the best most complete CRICKETER to play the game since then and perhaps ever. Kalis is at worst comparable to both Tendulkar and Lara when just comparing batting, but when you throw in the other two disciplines the contest is over. People struggle to give credit where credit is due. Both Steyn and Kalis are in the "best ever" conversation. Stats don't lie

  • Saffie1987 on July 22, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    For me it is quite simple, and i am not saying this because i am a south-african, but steyn still has about 4/5 years left to play in his career, and people are already debating whether or not Dale Steyn can be called the greatest test bowler ever! This tells me that if steyn continues like this for the next 4/5 years, and he manages to break Glen Mcgrath's 563 test wickets, i am pretty certain the majority of cricket followers and lovers, will consider Dale Steyn to be the greatest fast bowler ever! Plus by then if one takes a look at Dale Steyn's statistics, this opinion will only be strenghtened even more!

  • the_blue_android on July 22, 2014, 6:01 GMT

    @ Daniel Aebi - Steyn is a much better bowler than McGrath. McGrath was never as successful as Steyn is in the subcontinent. McGrath took half of his wickets against poms.

  • highveldhillbilly on July 22, 2014, 5:56 GMT

    Steyn is my hero - ok now on to @SLSup - couple of things - Marshal probably averaged less than 5 wickets per test because he was part of a very strong bowling line up, this may have helped his average but it certainly reduced the number if wickets available to him. On the flip side, Murali was by far and away Sri Lanka's biggest strike force (Vaas was far behind him) he bowled a massive number of overs and the other bowlers, to be fair, weren't that great so he had the opportunity to take massive amounts of wickets. This isn't an attempt to take away from Murali's record but rather to highlight that the depth of quality impacted on Murali's and Marshal's career.

  • SLSup on July 22, 2014, 4:58 GMT

    Lillee was the greatest pacie before Steyn. Marshall's record is quite incredible although, on further investigation, he does average less than 5 wickets per game over 81 Tests.

    Spare a thought to perhaps the best bowler of all time: Muralitharan. He may not belong in a "pace pantheon" or its "antechamber" but averaging 5 wickets per game outside of the Subcontinent (the average number of wickets that Lillee/Steyn has against all comers) and 6 wickets per Test in Subcontinent conditions, Murali is simply incomparable as a bowler.

    Then there is Sydney Barnes at 7 wickets per Test. A close comparison between Barne's Test and First Class careers with Murali's certainly tells a tale. What a pity this has to be said by a Sri Lankan.

  • srikanths on July 22, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    While Steyn without doubt is an all time great, let us not forget the Pak great Wasim and Waqar whose record in most unhelpful conditions in Pak and India stand out. The greatest exponent of swing and seam bowling was Wasim Akram ,an almost incomparable magician who used to make the ball literally talk.

  • srikanths on July 22, 2014, 4:11 GMT

    Steyn is as good as any of the best of yesteryears,comparable to a Lillee , a Marhshall or an Ambrose.

    You look at his record, he has performed across , including the sub continent. Even the great Lillee struggled in the only series he played in the sub continent against Pakistan, if I recall correctly.

    Steyn bowls fast,seams it beautifully,reverse swings ,accurate . May be he does not get the disconcerting bounce of some of the greats like Lillee but he more than makes up with his phenomenal variations, accuracy , pace and movement.

    Fantastic bowler, who people acknowledge as very good but somehow never get down to acknowledging as an equal to yesteryears greats.He is an all time great without doubt.Recall how his slighlty below par performances in a OZ test against India and possibly against earlier raised eyebrows. That is the difference between a great and ordinary ones. In a great we question the rare below par performance and in an average cricketer we praise good performance

  • legfinedeep on July 22, 2014, 2:17 GMT

    @daniel aebi: saying Mcgrath was a better bowler than Steyn is like saying Kallis is a better batsman than Sachin because he had a higher average than him, was more consistent, and did all that while bowling and catching like a freak as well. Yet most people don't place Kallis ahead of Lara because he lacked that flair and presence that Lara had. Ask any batsman who would make them quake harder in their boots if they saw either Steyn or McGrath hurtling toward them - most batsman would answer Steyn. Like others have mentioned, what elevated Steyn to greatness is not just his raw stats, but his aggression and his ability to come on and swing the game anytime - and not just on greem mamba but he is proven himself on any type of wicket, in any conditions.

  • satchander on July 22, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    For a fast bowler, Steyn is nota tall man but he will stand TALL among the legends of fast bowling !

  • Cricket_theBestGame on July 22, 2014, 0:01 GMT

    i'm happy for Amla to win his first test as captain. he showed he is a active captain and a daring one too. hope he goes home with the series and 100 or two in his bag.

    also maybe the safas have got a formula, when things need moving along get one of the players to scuff up the ball just enough for steyn to use and then admit to guilt and get fined..nicely thought ;)

  • iceaxe on July 21, 2014, 21:56 GMT

    A great bowler, but @Handalf The-Bez, let's not get too carried away with that 'pace deity' tag...

  • on July 21, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Still will never be same class as McGrath, Legend of all fast bowlers, Lets not forget That he had stout Team Competion in Warne, Gillespie, Lee too lesser extent MacGill, Fleming and Kasporowiz. Just fighting for wickets with Warne was hard enough, 700+ plays 500+, had there bwen no Warne no doubt he would of taken many more Wickets.

  • on July 21, 2014, 19:43 GMT

    "...and Vernon Philander. Not to mention AB in Port Elizabeth and Du Plessis in the UAE. And others who weren't caught. I get a lot of help."

  • on July 21, 2014, 17:38 GMT

    Dale Steyn is definitely better than Allan Donald, who did not enjoy much success in the sub continent. What is commendable about Dale Steyn is that he has also got wickets in India, against a much stronger batting line up. Hope this is only the starters and he blows Sri Lanka away once again in the subsequent tests. It will make for great watching.

  • SICHO on July 21, 2014, 16:32 GMT

    From one legend to another! Green top, flat track, swing, reverse swing, pace, it doesn't matter........ He's got eveything this man.

    @ Handalf The Bez, recently he went berserk against the Ozzies when he took 4/55 to burst through their middle order when they were cruising in the 4th innings of the match, it might not be a 5-fer but hell, in my books that is certainly up there with one of his many many bests.

  • ForeverProteas49 on July 21, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    @Sinhabahu, While I agree 100% what Vernon did was wrong and bad for our great game, It really would not have made that much difference as Steyns wickets fell with outswingers not inswingers, Also you can only face speeds of 135Kmp/h for a certain amount of time, Everyone has succumbed to Dales raw pace

  • timeless_steel on July 21, 2014, 13:00 GMT

    I can never miss watching Dale Steyn, operate. He is consistent and most dynamic fast bowler. He is the best bowler without the shadow of doubt of this period. On his day he mixes his intellect with discipline and aggression making the bowl travel at 150 km/hr. which goes like a supersonic cruise missile ready to bamboozle the batsmen. And, yeah if you see his bowl hitting the stumps, you are lucky because such sites are rare.

    Dale Steyn rocks!!

  • BellCurve on July 21, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Steyn has already taken more wickets than any non-Asian fast bowler in Asia. His strike rate is significantly better than everyone. Only Younis gets remotely close. Most importantly, he achieved these remarkable feats during the golden era of batting. To my mind there is little doubt: Steyn is the greatest of them all.

  • on July 21, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    That's called real fast bowling, What a bowler styne is! he destroyed SL team within one hour after they started solid.

  • on July 21, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    I think he owe it more to Philender than to Donald in this match.

  • on July 21, 2014, 10:44 GMT

    These bursts of pure fast bowling .. Boy, that's a real joy !!

  • MrGarreth on July 21, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    @Handalf The-Bez agreed, although the scary thing is if you compare his record to Lilee, Marshall and (might I add) Waqar Younis, he has about as many wickets as they do at a better strike rate in less matches. In fact his strike rate is the best of all time for the amount of wickets he has taken. Which is saying something. He has managed to maintain that other worldly strike rate despite heading to the 400 wicket club. Put it to you this way, if he were to retire now, there would be many who could point to his record and give solid evidence that it's the best ever. People don't like to say it while a player is still playing but it's undeniable that it can be backed up with solid statistical grounding.

  • Sinhabahu on July 21, 2014, 6:58 GMT

    Come on, Dale! Not even an honourable mention to Vernon? ;)

  • legfinedeep on July 21, 2014, 6:42 GMT

    I think there is no doubt that Steyn can already be inducted into the pantheon of greats. Certainly, he is the greatest fast bowler of his generation.

  • Romanticstud on July 21, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Donald was a clever bowler ... was held back because the white ball swung too much ... but when you expected a lull because the openers were out of the picture ... Allan took key wickets an plenty of them ... Now Dale is bowling the best he has ever bowled ... he opens the bowling on a flat pitch and takes wickets ... I thought that getting a fifer at Galle would be Tahir or Duminy ... but then Steyn is the master ... Morkel is always an excellent foil for Steyn as he can get unexpected bounce and Steyn has the swing ... KEEP CALM AND BOWL STEYN

  • web_guru2003 on July 21, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Steyn is easily the best fast bowler of this era. Therevare many others who can bowl really well in supporting conditions but he also do it when there is nothing in the pitch for fast bowlers. He reminds me of Wasim Akram who had the same ability i.e. to make ball talk even in unfavorable conditions.

    Thank you Steyn for entertaining us

    Oh and not a bad start for Amla at all!

  • JaranNirsi on July 20, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    The greatest fast bowler on the planet. And a great role-model, great athlete, and popular wherever he plays. Steyn represents the best of fast bowling today: pace, swing, and sustained hostility.

  • neo-galactico on July 20, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    This Dale Steyn is a freak of nature, the day he retires SA will lose a lot of their potency. To add to that AB too is freakishly talented, easily the best batsman and bowler in the world for mine.

  • Ahsan_Nehal on July 20, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Keep on going Steyn. You have a lot to conquer

  • sheru-sher on July 20, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    There was a time long ago when there was a" conveyer belt "was producing fast bowlers in the West Indies that good fast bowlers fell by the wayside because there were 4 fixed fast bowlers on the side. What has happened to that "belt"? Just as Donald is training young men to bowl fast in SA .....Why has Holding, Roberts, Walsh, Garner Ambrose and Bishop not been given or taken the opportunity to develop good quick bowlers. ?

  • on July 20, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    The thing about Donald is that he is so motivating, supportive and sincere. A real nice guy, a team man and a legend himself. when he and Jonty left the SA team they really missed them.

  • on July 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    as mark nicholas says "the man is a master"

  • KingOwl on July 20, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Steyn is no doubt an exceptional bowler. Amla's declaration was sound. SL made it appear 'bold'. It could have backfired too, had SL batting been up to its fullest potential. But, they did not. It is no doubt a very tough wicket to bat last on. Still, I think SA had some luck and SL made some mistakes. If not, the game could have gone to the wire. Still, hats off to Amla for the declaration. He acted like a seasoned captain.

  • on July 20, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Steyn is an amazing bowler.Donald fine tuned his extraordinary skills and results are evident.His strike rate of 41.8 is the best amongst the bowlers who took more then 300 wickets.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 20, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Allan Donald is a total legend. Even Brett Lee said he modeled himself off Allan Donald as a bowler. He tried to emulate, everything from run up to release of the ball.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 20, 2014, 13:14 GMT

    Allan Donald is a total legend. Even Brett Lee said he modeled himself off Allan Donald as a bowler. He tried to emulate, everything from run up to release of the ball.

  • on July 20, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Steyn is an amazing bowler.Donald fine tuned his extraordinary skills and results are evident.His strike rate of 41.8 is the best amongst the bowlers who took more then 300 wickets.

  • KingOwl on July 20, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Steyn is no doubt an exceptional bowler. Amla's declaration was sound. SL made it appear 'bold'. It could have backfired too, had SL batting been up to its fullest potential. But, they did not. It is no doubt a very tough wicket to bat last on. Still, I think SA had some luck and SL made some mistakes. If not, the game could have gone to the wire. Still, hats off to Amla for the declaration. He acted like a seasoned captain.

  • on July 20, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    as mark nicholas says "the man is a master"

  • on July 20, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    The thing about Donald is that he is so motivating, supportive and sincere. A real nice guy, a team man and a legend himself. when he and Jonty left the SA team they really missed them.

  • sheru-sher on July 20, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    There was a time long ago when there was a" conveyer belt "was producing fast bowlers in the West Indies that good fast bowlers fell by the wayside because there were 4 fixed fast bowlers on the side. What has happened to that "belt"? Just as Donald is training young men to bowl fast in SA .....Why has Holding, Roberts, Walsh, Garner Ambrose and Bishop not been given or taken the opportunity to develop good quick bowlers. ?

  • Ahsan_Nehal on July 20, 2014, 16:49 GMT

    Keep on going Steyn. You have a lot to conquer

  • neo-galactico on July 20, 2014, 18:59 GMT

    This Dale Steyn is a freak of nature, the day he retires SA will lose a lot of their potency. To add to that AB too is freakishly talented, easily the best batsman and bowler in the world for mine.

  • JaranNirsi on July 20, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    The greatest fast bowler on the planet. And a great role-model, great athlete, and popular wherever he plays. Steyn represents the best of fast bowling today: pace, swing, and sustained hostility.

  • web_guru2003 on July 21, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    Steyn is easily the best fast bowler of this era. Therevare many others who can bowl really well in supporting conditions but he also do it when there is nothing in the pitch for fast bowlers. He reminds me of Wasim Akram who had the same ability i.e. to make ball talk even in unfavorable conditions.

    Thank you Steyn for entertaining us

    Oh and not a bad start for Amla at all!