Already the leading wicket-taker for South Africa in Tests, veteran fast bowler Dale Steyn on Wednesday became the most successful T20I bowler as the Proteas downed England in the first match against England.
This was another jewel to the ‘Steyn-removers’ already glittering crown as he claimed the wicket of Jos Buttler en route to the honour in the third over of the match. With a virtually unassailable, in South African terms, haul of 439 wickets in Tests, Steyn breezily surpassed former Proteas leg-spinner Imran Tahir’s tally of 61.
The Polokwane-born paceman is fifth on South Africa’s leading wicket-takers in One-Day Internationals, six shy of 200 wickets. In the shortest format, Steyn took 45 games to reach the milestone. Third, on the list of all-time leading wicket-takers for South Africa, is Morne Morkel with 46 wickets.
On Sunday, the 36-year-old was playing in his first match for South Africa since March last year, thanks largely to a succession of injuries. Steyn has expressed his desire to feature in South Africa’s impending campaign of the year’s T20I World Cup in Australia, believing his vast experience – stretching all of 15 years in international cricket – will come in handy to lead the Proteas’ new generation of quicks Down Under.
South Africa lead the three-match series 1-0 after a nail-biting one-run triumph at Buffalo Park, after setting England a target of 178 runs. The two sides contest the penultimate game of the three-match series at Kingsmead Stadium in Durban on Friday.