Steyn, Kallis on illustrious list

2014-12-29 09:11
Dale Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Dale Steyn's 26-ball half-century against the West Indies on Sunday was second only to Jacques Kallis as the fastest half-century by a South African in Test cricket.

Steyn scored the fastest ever half-century at St George's Park as the Proteas made 417 for eight declared on day three of the second Test in Port Elizabeth.

He was eventually out for 58 from 28 balls, with six fours and five sixes, having been caught by Jason Holder off the bowling of Sulieman Benn.

Kallis holds the South African record for the fastest 50 in Test cricket, achieved against Zimbabwe at Newlands in the 2004/05 season.

Kallis held the world record for the best part of a decade before Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq smashed a 50 off just 21 balls in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. Misbah also went on to equal West Indian great Viv Richards's 28-year-old record for the fastest Test century, achieved off 56 balls.

Steyn shares fourth spot on the fastest half-century list with Pakistan's Shahid Afridi and Bangladesh's Mohammad Ashraful, who also reached 50s off 26 deliveries. 

Fastest half-centuries in Test cricket - per balls (via ESPNcricinfo)

21 - Misbah-ul-Haq - Pakistan v Australia, Abu Dhabi 2014-15

24 - Jacques Kallis - South Africa v Zimbabwe, Cape Town 2004-05

25 - Shane Shillingford - West Indies v New Zealand, Kingston 2014

26 - Shahid Afridi - Pakistan v India, Bangalore 2004-05

26 - Mohammad Ashraful - Bangladesh v India, Mirpur 2007

26 - Dale Steyn - South Africa v West Indies, Port Elizabeth 2014-15

27 - Yousuf Youhana - Pakistan v South Africa, Cape Town 2002-03

28 - Foffie Williams - West Indies v England, Bridgetown 1947-48

28 - Ian Botham - England v India, Delhi 1981-82

28 - Chris Gayle - West Indies v New Zealand, Port of Spain 2014


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

03 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Perth 04:30
12 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Hobart 01:30
24 November 2016
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 05:30
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Should Proteas coach Russell Domingo stay - or go - as national coach?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.