Dale Steyn

2010-10-13 20:30

Full name: Dale Willem Steyn

Born: June 27, 1983, Phalaborwa

Current age: 27 years

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Essex, Northerns, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Titans, Warwickshire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style:
Right-arm fast

The 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Dale Steyn is the next in a raft of talented South Africans who continue to dominate in their specific area of expertise. And Steyn is a pioneer in South African fast bowling. Much like his role model Allan Donald, Steyn relies on a silky smooth action to generate his pace – but he differentiates himself from almost all other true quicks in that he has immeasurable control of both the red and white ball, new or old.

He is able to bowl way-swing as a stock delivery, but move the ball into batsmen at will, and bowls a mean short ball and yorker as well despite not being the tallest fast bowler ever.

His ODI career is impressive, although his Test career is unparalleled, and his 41 ODIs have produced 58 wickets at 30.65. In steamy conditions on skiddy wickets, Dale Steyn could well prove to be the bowler of the tournament in 2011, a goal he will certainly carry with him en route.

Steyn is usually considered a tail-ender  when batting and often bats at number ten or eleven. However, he is a capable hitter of the ball and can also occupy the crease if required.


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