6 Pacers who have taken more wickets than Dale Steyn in Tests. Mitchell Santner's wicket in New Zealand's second innings was Steyn's 415th, with which he passed Wasim Akarm's tally of 414 wickets. Among South Africa bowlers, only Shaun Pollock (421) has more wickets than Steyn.
30.3 Steyn's bowling strike rate in Centurion; he has taken 56 wickets at this venue at an average of 17.12. No other bowler has taken 50 or more wickets at any venue at a better strike rate. Also, only four other bowlers have taken 50 or more wickets at any venue at a better average than Steyn's in Centurion.
26 Five-wicket hauls by Steyn in just 84 Tests; only three other pacers have taken more such hauls. Richard Hadlee took 36 five-fors in just 86 Tests, which are the highest. Glenn McGrath (29) and Ian Botham (27) are the other fast bowlers who have taken more five-fors than Steyn. Steyn's 22 five-fors in Test wins are also the third-highest by any bowler.
1966 Only time before Quinton de Kock a South Africa wicketkeeper had two 50-plus scores and also effected five or more dismissals in an innings of the same Test. Denis Lindsay had scored 69 and 182 in addition to taking eight catches (including six in one innings) in a Test against Australia in Johannesburg. There are only two more such instances - MS Dhoni had done it against New Zealand in 2009 and Matt Prior, also against New Zealand, in 2012-13. De Kock also earned his maiden Man-of-the-Match award in a Test.*
5 Consecutive series wins for South Africa against New Zealand. They have never lost a series against New Zealand. The last time a series between the two teams ended in a draw was in 2003-04. South Africa have won 12 of the 15 series played between the teams.
13 Consecutive unbeaten Tests for South Africa against New Zealand. This equals the longest such streak for South Africa against any opposition; they had a similar sequence against England from 1929 to 1938 without losing a Test.
16.04 Steyn's bowling average in Tests against New Zealand. There are only six other bowlers with 50 or more wickets against an opposition at a better average. Steyn has taken 68 wickets against New Zealand in 12 Tests at a strike rate of 33. His new-ball partner Vernon Philander has also done exceedingly well against New Zealand, with 32 wickets at 15.53 in just six matches.
1962 The last time a New Zealand No. 5 made a higher score in Tests in South Africa than Henry Nicholls' 76 in New Zealand's second innings. John Reid had made 142 in New Zealand's second innings of the Johannesburg Test. Nicholls' is the fourth-highest score by a New Zealand No. 5 in South Africa. This was his second Test fifty and his highest score.
26.3 Overs played by the partnership between Nicholls and BJ Watling. The pair added 68 runs for the fifth wicket after the first four wickets fell in the space of just 19 balls by the score of 7. This is the second-highest partnership for the fifth wicket by any pair after the first four wickets have fallen before adding ten runs.
*05.45GMT, August 31: The article had erroneously stated that Denis Lindsay had scored 69 and 182 in 1961. This has been corrected.