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    Who is more destructive when in top form? Steyn or Johnson?

    Firstly, this is not an overall comparisons of their whole careers, just want to know your views on who looks more dangerous when in form?
    Steyn is a lot more consistent. But I find Johnson very scary when he gets it right because when he bowls well, the pitch and the conditions almost doesn't matter, he can destroy you on the flattest of wickets, though his inconsistency can be frustrating.
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    Steyn can run through batting line ups on his day like no one else in the world these days.

    Looks so awesome when he runs in to bowl. Especially when he gets a breaktrhough
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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    Steyn can run through batting line ups on his day like no one else in the world these days.

    Looks so awesome when he runs in to bowl. Especially when he gets a breaktrhough
    How does him getting a breakthrough affect how he looks while running in?

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    I think Johnson. When he's got it going he doesn't just get guys out he breaks them. He gets that killer bounce whereas Steyn just moves the ball sideways and gets wickets.
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    This is quite unrelated, but about 2 years ago my mate was saying that Anderson was on the same level as Steyn. Jimmy was in top form at the time, but it still didn't rest well with me.

    Then I though, it's their stock deliveries. Anderson is basically a guy who bowls a solid line and length, with his wickets coming through the orxodox fashion of frustration interspersed with the odd ripper. Which is fair enough.

    Steyn's stock delivery is a bona-fida wicket taking delivery. I've seem him bowl spells where every ball could have gotten a good batsman out. Pitched up fast and skiddy; and moving away from the right-hander late.

    For this reason you can't compare to Jimmy to Steyn, or even Johnson to Steyn. Because even an in-form mitch does't send wicket-taking deliveries down with the same regulatory as Steyn. It's just that when he does they're even more spectacular.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daemon View Post
    How does him getting a breakthrough affect how he looks while running in?
    When he gets a breakthrough he gets really pumped up and that feeds into his next run up and delivery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Johnson has the highest ceiling in the world I reckon.
    Na Mo Irfan surely.

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    Steyn looks beautiful when he gets batsmen out. MoJo looks brutal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyFromLancs View Post
    This is quite unrelated, but about 2 years ago my mate was saying that Anderson was on the same level as Steyn. Jimmy was in top form at the time, but it still didn't rest well with me.

    Then I though, it's their stock deliveries. Anderson is basically a guy who bowls a solid line and length, with his wickets coming through the orxodox fashion of frustration interspersed with the odd ripper. Which is fair enough.

    Steyn's stock delivery is a bona-fida wicket taking delivery. I've seem him bowl spells where every ball could have gotten a good batsman out. Pitched up fast and skiddy; and moving away from the right-hander late.

    For this reason you can't compare to Jimmy to Steyn, or even Johnson to Steyn. Because even an in-form mitch does't send wicket-taking deliveries down with the same regulatory as Steyn. It's just that when he does they're even more spectacular.
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    Easily Steyn. At his best he is up there with the greatest ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    Easily Steyn. At his best he is up there with the greatest ever.
    Johnson is up there with the greatest ever at his best too. I would go Johnson, because there is something more stunning about an enigmatic bowler ripping through the opposition rather than a quality bowler doing so. Also, when Johnson does it, he gets the batsman jumping around, like they don't want to be out there. When Steyn takes bags of wickets, its more of a feeling that he's just too good, but doesn't put the same fear into the batsman IMO.

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    Well depends what destructive means. Does it mean making the batsmen look scared while getting them our, or does it mean getting lots of poles.

    If its the former, its definitely Mitch.
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    I think obviously day in day out you'd take Steyn. And when they're both absolutely cracking they'd be very similar.

    But there's something very satisfying watching Johnson have one of his bursts.
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