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Thread: Where does Dale Steyn stack up historically

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    Where does Dale Steyn stack up historically

    Hopefully we can keep the debates out of the great man's retirement thread and discuss it in a dedicated thread here.

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    I think he's top 5 and for what it's worth I am good even if someone puts him #1.

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    He was very good. Not the GOAT, I think that McGrath and Marshall share that honour.

    Sits in a top tier with Marshall, McGrath, Hadlee, Ambrose, Garner and Lillee of guys who have played since the 70s.
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    Top X probably. Maybe my memory fails me but I cannot recollect him picking up too many wickets with the in ducker or off the seam (be happy to retract this perception). Which means nothing in the greater reckoning; he was obviously very, very effective with outswing and bumpers. But I'm more partial towards the likes of Marshall, McGrath, and Ambrose whose minds you could practically see working through the gears as they set batsmen up.
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    As good as Marshall.
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    Definitely better than Lillee.

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    Top shelf quick. Easily top 10 of all time, perhaps even the GOAT. I don't have enough hairs left to split between him, McGrath, Marshall, Hadlee and Ambrose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arachnodouche View Post
    Top X probably. Maybe my memory fails me but I cannot recollect him picking up too many wickets with the in ducker or off the seam (be happy to retract this perception). Which means nothing in the greater reckoning; he was obviously very, very effective with outswing and bumpers. But I'm more partial towards the likes of Marshall, McGrath, and Ambrose whose minds you could practically see working through the gears as they set batsmen up.
    He was capable of getting reverse, but not natural in-swing. Wasn't particularly productive off the seam either. But despite this, he was always a wicket-taking threat - even in the tough subcontinental conditions. Regardless of how he did it, I'd imagine he was as effective as those guys in tough conditions (although I may be wrong).

    This poll is a bit of a silly thing for me to put out there, tbh, as I could as easily see him being positioned top 3 as I could top 10, and it's very difficult to argue against either. But fun to see the general perception, nonetheless.

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    Top 10 is fair. Not quite on the same level as Glenn McGrath, Malcolm Marshall or Jackson Bird though

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    Top 10 but not top 5 for me


    But with best pacers the top 15 all have really similar records so it becomes really subjective
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    Steyn is definite top 5 for me. And above McGrath. If nothing else his subcontinent exploits and SR is better than just about any other bowler of the modern era, setting him apart.
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    1. The best Strike Rate in the 140 year history of Test cricket

    2. A world record 263 wickets as number one in Test ratings

    3. A record 92 wickets in Asia at an average of 22 and a SR of 42.9


    What elevates Dale Steyn among the greats was he was way ahead of his peers than any other bowler in history.


    Top 3 Fast bowler and a candidate for the GOAT fast bowler
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    Will take McGrath-Marshall-Steyn to be my ATG pace attack any day. Bounce, skid, seam, swing and reverse swing.
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    Marshall
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