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Dale Steyn
Personal information
Full name Dale Willem Steyn
Born 27 June 1983 (1983-06-27) (age 38)
Phalaborwa, Transvaal Province, South Africa
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm fast
Role Bowler
International information
National side South Africa
Test debut (cap 297) 17 December 2004 v England
Last Test 21 February 2019 v Sri Lanka
ODI debut (cap 82) 17 August 2005 v Asia XI
Last ODI 13 March 2019 v Sri Lanka
ODI shirt no. 8
T20I debut (cap 31) 23 November 2007 v New Zealand
Last T20I 21 February 2020 v Australia
T20I shirt no. 8
Domestic team information
Years Team
2003/04–2005/06 Northerns
2004/05–2009/10, 2017/18–2018/19 Titans
2005 Essex
2007 Warwickshire
2008–2010; 2019–2020 Royal Challengers Bangalore
2011–2012 Deccan Chargers
2011/12–2014/15 Cape Cobras
2013–2015 Sunrisers Hyderabad
2016 Gujarat Lions
2016 Glamorgan
2016 Jamaica Tallawahs
2018 Hampshire
2018–present Cape Town Blitz
2019/20 Melbourne Stars
2020 Islamabad United
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 93 125 47 141
Runs scored 1,251 365 21 1,824
Batting average 13.59 9.35 3.50 13.71
100s/50s 0/2 0/1 0/0 0/4
Top score 76 60 5 82
Balls bowled 18,608 6,256 1,015 27,183
Wickets 439 196 64 618
Bowling average 22.95 25.95 18.35 23.57
5 wickets in innings 26 3 0 35
10 wickets in match 5 0 0 7
Best bowling 7/51 6/39 4/9 8/41
Catches/stumpings 26/– 28/– 12/– 33/–

Dale Willem Steyn ( born 27 June 1983) is a South African professional cricketer who plays for the South African Cricket Team. He is often regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time and the best Test bowler of his generation. During the 2007–08 season, Steyn achieved a tally of 78 wickets at an average of 16.24, and was subsequently rewarded with the ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the Year in 2013, and Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2013 in 2014's Wisden Cricketers' Almanack. He was featured in Wisden Cricketers of the Decade at the end of 2019. He also was included in the ICC Test Team of the Decade at the end of 2020.

Steyn dominated the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings during the peak of his career, for a record 263 weeks between 2008 and 2014. Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan sits next on the list with 214 weeks. In terms of days, Steyn has spent 2,356 days at the top as of 6 October 2016, the most by any bowler since World War II. In October 2012, former South African test cricketer Allan Donald called the South African pace attack, which Steyn was part of, alongside Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel, the best South Africa has ever produced. In December 2018, during the first Test against Pakistan, Steyn became the leading wicket taker for South Africa in Test cricket, previously held by all-rounder and former-captain Shaun Pollock.

On 5 August 2019, Steyn announced his retirement from Test cricket, to focus on limited-overs cricket.

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