The 2 best fast bowlers in the world are duelling for the number 1 position. For a long time Steyn has comfortably been the best fast bowler in the world, performing in nearly all conditions over many years.
When Vernon Philander came into the South African team I had no thought at that time that he had the potential to rival Steyn even though his first class numbers were impressive. His immediate success drew me to watching him, and since then I have made sure I kept track of him, and very quickly he has become my favourite bowler to watch, an artist with ball in hand.
The question I'm putting out to the forum is is Philander currently a better bowler than Steyn, having outbowled him in most of their series together? Or is Philander just a better bowler than Steyn in helpful conditions, but has yet to be fully tested around the world on the subcontinent etc?
His record is mind blowing and in my view we could be seeing a player who could become an all time great.