Steyn eyes Pollock's record

2014-12-20 14:00
Dale Steyn (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Dale Steyn's six wickets against the West Indies in the first Test means he is only one wicket behind second-placed Makhaya Ntini on the SA all-time list.

Steyn has a prolific record against the West Indies taking 41 in 7 matches and the islanders feature three times in his top ten best bowling figures.

The Phalaborwa express' best figures against the Windies were at Centurion in the first Test, taking six wickets in the second innings for just 34 runs.

The other two occasions was at Kingsmead in Durban where he notched up figures 6/72 in December 2008 and in Port of Spain in 2010 with figures of 5/29.

The significance of Steyn's contribution of six wickets against the West Indies was that it brought his career-total to 389, just one behind Makhaya Ntini. Former captain Shaun Pollock leads the list with 421.

Steyn has now taken 25 five-wicket hauls at this level which places him joint seventh on the all-time list. The only fast bowlers ahead of him are Sir Richard Hadlee (36), Glenn McGrath (29) and Sir Ian Botham (27) while he is currently level with Wasim Akram.

The Proteas' main strike bowler looks certain to pass Ntini's record with two more Test matches remaining, starting in Port Elizabeth on Boxing Day and the final test in Cape Town from the second of January.

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