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DALE STEYN

SOUTH AFRICA CRICKET BOARD

SOUTH AFRICAN PACER

Dale Willem Steyn (/sten/; born 27 June 1983) is a South African cricketer who plays in Tests, T20 Internationals and One Day International cricket for South Africa. Steyn plays domestic cricket in South Africa for Cape Cobras. He is a right-arm fast bowler, and bowls at speeds of around 145150km/h (his fastest being recorded at 156.2km/h during the 2010 IPL, Bangalore Royal Challengers against Kolkata Knight Riders). His fastest ball in international cricket was clocked at 155.7km/h (96.8mph) against New Zealand, making him tied for 4th fastest active bowler with Lasith Malinga as of 3 January 2015. Steyn held the record for the fastest South African to reach 100 wickets in Test Match cricket, a feat he achieved on 2 March 2008.Steyn is widely regarded as the best fast bowler of his generation. He currently has the best bowling strike rate of all time in Test match cricket (amongst bowlers who have bowled a minimum of 10,000 deliveries). Dale Steyn achieved a tally of 78 wickets at an average of 16.24 in Season 2007/08 and was subsequently rewarded with the prestigious ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award. He was named one of the Wisden cricketers of the year in 2013. He was named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the YEAR 2013 IN 2014.He dominated the number one spot in the ICC test rankings for several years between 2008 and 2014. He is currently the number one ranked Test bowler in the world, achieving the 900+ points benchmark on 13 November 2011 following his important early work with pace bowling expert, Ian Pont. In October 2012, alongside Philander and Morne Morkel, Steyn was part of a South African pace attack bowling coach and former test cricketer Allan Donald called the best the country had ever produced. Steyn played a cameo as himself in the 2014 Hollywood film Blended.five-wicket haul (also known as a "fivefor" or "fifer") refers to a bowler taking five or more wickets in a single innings. This is regarded as a notable achievement, and only 42 bowlers have taken at least 15 five-wicket hauls at international level in their cricketing careers. A right-arm fast bowler, Steyn reached 300 Test wickets in fewer matches than any other South African bowler. He was named the ICC's Test Player of the Year in 2008, and the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack named him one of their cricketers of the year in 2013.

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