England: the only blot on Steyn’s copybook

When you survey Dale Steyn’s bowling statistics, it seems obvious why he is considered to be one of the greatest pace bowlers of the modern era. While 402 wickets at an average of 22 and strike rate of 41 is certainly enough to warrant this status, it is the consistency of his record across all the Test playing nations that truly illustrates his ability. Against nearly every national side, his bowling average is less than 23.5 and his strike rate is less than 45.

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Johannesburg 2011: the classical Test match thriller

The date is 16 November, 2011. Silvio Berlusconi, the outrageous Italian billionaire with his infamous “bunga bunga” parties, has finally agreed to step down as Prime Minister of Italy. Newt Gingrich, a man who once called himself “the most serious, systematic revolutionary of modern times”, is the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination for 2012. As evidenced by her official Twitter status, Paris Hilton has been filled with compassion for a starving dog on a Bali sidewalk.  And Michael Clarke, on the eve of what will be one of the closest Test matches of the 2000’s, is struggling to lift an Australian Test team that collapsed to 47 all out just a week ago.

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