Dale Steyn

Steyn, Amla reveals Proteas not worried about Test rankings

Hashim AmlaJohannesburg, Dec 22 : South Africa's pace spearhead Dale Steyn and batsman Hashim Amla have revealed that they are not focused on the Test rankings, post their recent innings and 220-run win over a beleaguered West Indies team in Centurion on Saturday.

South African squad is in little danger of losing their number one ranking in Tests, as a series victory by any margin against the West Indies, who are plagued by pay disputes, player withdrawals, injuries and poor form, would maintain their position at the top of the ratings.

Steyn says Hughes' passing will not change his 'aggressive' approach to bowling

Dale SteynJohannesburg, Dec 16 : South Africa pace express Dale Steyn has said that Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' passing would not change his aggressive approach to bowling .

Steyn said that the short-pitched delivery, which struck Hughes on the neck, resulting in the batsman's passing, was out of the ordinary. Hughes lost consciousness and died in a Sydney hospital two days later, aged 25, after being struck by a bouncer.

Steyn, the number one-ranked fast bowler in Test cricket, said that he really feels for Hughes and his family, adding that it's a terrible accident, but admitting that cricket would continue, Sport24 reported.

Steyn to miss first two T20s against Oz with hamstring injury

dale SteynJohannesburg, Mar 8 - South African fast bowler Dale Steyn has reportedly been ruled out of the first two Twenty20 internationals against Australia next week with a hamstring injury.

Steyn's bowling in the recently concluded third and final test against Australia in Cape Town was affected by the strain as the tourists went on the win the match and the series.

According to Sport24, confirming Steyn's absence, Cricket South Africa (CSA) said that the bowler will return for the last of three-match series in Pretoria next Friday and is still earmarked to compete in the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh later this month.

Steyn’s eleven wickets helps Proteas thrash ‘hapless’ Pak by 211 runs in Wanderers Test

Dale-Steyn-vs-PakistanJohannesburg, Feb 4 : Dale Steyn picked up eleven wickets to help South Africa register a comprehensive 211 runs win over touring Pakistan on the day four of the first Test match at the Wanderers.

Set a target of 480, Pakistan were dismissed for 268 on the fourth day of the Test after being shot out for 49 in their first innings, Sport24 reports.

Steyn was chiefly responsible for their demise with his remarkable six-wicket haul, for eight runs, in 8.1 overs in Pakistan's first innings and 5/52 in the second.

His match figures were 11 for 60, the paper added.

Steyn becomes third fastest bowler to pick 300 Test scalps

Steyn becomes third fastest bowler to pick 300 Test scalpsJohannesburg, Jan 3 : South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn became the third fastest bowler to pick 300 wickets in Test cricket when he bowled Doug Bracewell in the first session of the first Test against New Zealand at Newlands on Wednesday.

Steyn was playing in his 61st Test. Only Australia''s Dennis Lillee, who achieved the feat in his 56th Test, and Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka (58) have reached the milestone in fewer matches, Sport24 reports.

Dale Steyn ‘blow away’ Indian line, takes SA to win

Dale-SteynIt will not be wrong to call the South African bowler Dale Steyn, an unstoppable force after his performance in the match against India in which he ran through the line-up and led the visitors to victory. South Africa beat India by an innings and six runs at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur

The captain of the Indian cricket team, M. S. Dhoni said that the team's defeat was due to Dale Steyn's "amazing" bowling performance. The captain said, "I think we were blown away by Dale Steyn."

Steyn cleared of doping charge: CSA

Dale SteynProteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has been cleared of any doping offence by the Indian Premier League (IPL), Cricket South Africa (CSA) confirmed on Wednesday.

However, confusion still surrounds the manner in which Steyn originally tested positive for morphine during the IPL season 2.

Earlier on Tuesday, Cricket SA confirmed the positive test, but soon afterwards Lalit Modi, IPL commissioner informed the media persons that no player had tested positive for any banned substance.

Parnell & Steyn Stars for SA Win Over Aussies

Parnell & Steyn Stars for SA Win Over AussiesPowered by a tidy bowling performance, South Africa registered a comprehensive seven wicket win over Australia in a crucial tie here on Sunday. With this win, South Africa has leveled the five-match one-day international (ODI) series at 1-1.

Batting first, the star-studded Aussie batting line-up started a disastrous start as they lost half of their side of mere 19 runs. From Australia, Callum Ferguson scored the highest 50 runs while Mitchell Johnson also contributed a useful 30 runs for the team. Both Ferguson and Johnson scored a crucial 63 runs partnership for the seventh wicket.

Steyn, Ntini not to feature in Perth ODI

Steyn, Ntini not to feature in Perth ODIPerth, Jan. 28 : The South African cricket team management has decided to rest key pacers Dale Steyn and Makhaya Ntini in Friday''s fifth and final one-day international to be played against Australia at the WACA Ground.

According to The Australian, all-rounder Wayne Parnell, 19, and left-arm fast bowler Lonwabo Tsotsobe, 24, will make their one-day international debuts for the Proteas.

S.African pair Smith and Steyn top batting and bowling charts

South African stars Graeme SmithSydney, Dec. 31: South African stars Graeme Smith and Dale Steyn may be focussing on overtaking Australia as the world''s No. 1 Test cricket side, but they can also reflect on 2008 as a stand-out year individually.

The Proteas can attribute much of their success this year - 11 wins, two draws and two losses from 15 Tests, and series wins in England and Australia - to Smith''s magnificent batting and Steyn''s brilliant fast bowling.

Dale Steyn vows to knock down Matthew Hayden

Melbourne, Dec 15 : South African pace spear head Dale Steyn has vowed to knock down Australian opener Matthew Hayden by targetting his head during this week's first Test in Perth.

Skipper Graeme Smith has identified Hayden as the key target for the Proteas, as it can be revealed that Steyn has made it his personal mission to blunt Australia's batting bruiser, the Courier Mail reports.

Hayden has long been the cornerstone of Australia's batting fortress but chinks have been appearing in the armour of the 37-year-old opener, who has averaged just 26 in his past six Tests.

Steyn, in his extensive handwritten study notes on Australia's batsmen, has noticed that Hayden's feet are not moving as quickly as they once were.

Steyn to operate in short, sharp bursts against Aussies

Steyn to operate in short, sharp bursts against AussiesMelboyrne, Dec 11: South African pace bowler Dale Steyn will be used as a true strike weapon against Australia's top order in the Test series, which is termed as cricket's unofficial world championship.

Steyn said on Wednesday he expected to operate in short, sharp bursts to ensure his swinging thunderbolts were delivered full of energy in the Test series beginning at the WACA Ground next Wednesday, the Courier Mail reported.

"I'll come in and bowl quick for four overs, then get a lengthy break and come back and try to do that again," he said.

McGrath says Steyn will have to pass the ultimate test against Australia

McGrath says Steyn will have to pass the ultimate test against AustraliaSydney, Dec. 11 : South African fast bowler Dale Steyn may be ranked the fastest bowler in the world, but to certify that accolade, he will have to pass the ultimate test against world champions Australia, says former pace great Glenn McGrath.

Steyn has emerged as the world''s top-rated fast bowler in 2008 after a prolific year in which he became the fastest South African to 100 Test scalps and is the globe''s leading wicket-taker this year with 60 wickets.

Dale Steyn to miss opening match against Western Australia

Dale Steyn to miss opening match against Western AustraliaSydney, Dec 8 : South African pace spearhead Dale Steyn, who is carrying a hamstring strain, will miss Thursday’s opening tour game against Western Australia at Perth’s WACA Ground.

Captain Graeme Smith told reporters on Monday that Steyn, who has taken a world-leading 60 Test wickets in 2008, picked up a minor hamstring injury during the recent Bangladesh tour.

Steyn keen to bury demons of his last Oz trip

Melbourne, Dec. 7 : South African pacer Dale Steyn, who will arrive in Australia today for a Test and one-day series, has that he is very keen to bury the demons of his last trip Down Under.

The centre piece of the Proteas attack, Steyn has repeatedly said that he has not forgotten the humiliation of being ripped apart by Australian and Sri Lankan batsmen in two one day internationals in 2005-06.

Steyn conceded 90 runs from eight overs during his frightful initiation to international cricket as a 22-year-old.

Now ranked the No. 1 quick in world cricket, he is seeking redemption and plans to get it by exposing the Australians to the fastest bowling spells of his career.

`Frazzled'' Steyn plotting Oz down fall on tissues and coasters!

South African fast bowler Dale Steyn likes to use tissues, coasters and utility bills to scribble down the technical flaws of opposing batsmen, working out bowling strategies, field settings and other annotations.

If you happen to be invited to his home, you may find him scurrying from floor to floor with the frazzled demeanour of a mad scientist, collating random scraps of paper and stuffing them into a suitcase,” The Age reports.

It is these notes, after all, that represent Steyn''s two-year analysis of the Australian batting line-up, charting everything from trigger movements to temperament.

But with no filing system to speak of, Steyn is having trouble locating them in the days before the Proteas'' departure for Perth.

Hype around Steyn suggests that Aussies may face another “White Lightening”

Melbourne, Dec. 5 : The hype surrounding South African fast bowler Dale Steyn ahead of his team’s tour of Australia, suggests that Australian cricketers need to very prepared to tackle Allan "White Lightning" Donald’s natural heir.

Steyn has commendably taken over the South African pace bowling throne once occupied by the likes of Donald, Garth Le Roux, Mike Procter, Peter Pollock and Neil Adcock, reports The Age.

Like Donald after the Proteas'' re-admission to the international arena in 1991, Steyn has wasted no time in putting the fear of pace into the world''s batsmen.

Steyn tipped to give Hayden a torrid time in Tests

Melbourne, Nov. 25 : South Africa’s snarling pacer Dale Steyn is expected to give Australian opener Matthew Hayden a torrid time in next month''s marquee Test series.

Pace ace Dale Steyn, 25, has already passed Allan Donald as the quickest South African to 100 Test wickets with an intoxicating blend of pure pace, aggression and swing.

In 26 Tests, he has 135 wickets at a superstar average of 22.08, having claimed nine, five-wicket hauls and twice finished with 10 wickets for a match.

Australia has never had to confront Steyn and his battle with an out-of-form Hayden who has always tried to impose himself on the new-ball bowlers, regardless of reputation.

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