That's not a sledge at Donald btw, who was a fine bowler anyway.
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Very little difference btwn Seyn and Donald. One as good as the other. Bit opportunistic to use this performance to advance a case over Philander though. Just as opportunistic to rate Philly when he took wkts in previous games. Steyn clearly has a head start in that comparison. All we can hope for is Philander goes off the boil. Bcos srsly these 40 scores...hang your heads batsmen. Once is bad enough but 3 times now?
Reading this thread now is comedy gold.
From a longevity point of view, he showed today that he can obilterate lineups at 135kph.
Steyn keeps doing **** I can't believe he's done.. good enough for me.
Just a ridiculous bowler. Nothing else to say.
I haven't seen much of Malcolm Marshall, but from what I have heard, this is where some similarity lies. He's obviously realised that He can't keep terrorising the world over after over, so has developed the ability to take wickets at slower pace, while retaining his speed for short bursts when the team desperately needs a wicket.
For me Steyn and Donald are at par..I have seen Donald decimate batting line ups like yesterday..both are just ****ing brilliant..two of the greatest fast bowlers I have seen.
I would say that Steyn is better than Donald.
The only fast bowlers who have taken more wickets at a better average than Steyn are:
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Going by current projections he should surpass Imran & Donald and in the top 5 for all-time best fast bowlers on stats alone. That's discounting the flat pitches, bigger bats, faster run rates argument that has shrouded over most of Steyn's career.
And batsman who can't play swing or seam any more like they used to.
If Steyn retired right now I'd have him about on par with Donald, maybe fractionally ahead. If he plays for another few years and performs as even just a good bowler then he'll be conclusively ahead of him when he retires IMO and the overwhelming likelihood is that he'll do much more than that anyway. I think he has a big chance to threaten McGrath as the best fast bowler I've seen in my cricket-following life.
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