Brisbane: Allan Donald, who was the first South African to claim 300 Test wickets, has termed Proteas spearhead Dale Steyn as the greatest pacer ever ahead of their three-match series against Australia starting at the Gabba on Friday.
Donald, now the South African bowling coach, took 330 Test wickets at 22.
“Honestly, and I am being 100 per cent, I think he is the greatest bowler for South Africa, if not the best ever, I have seen. Not only is he an athlete but he is a competitor. He has got a case of white-line fever that I have never seen before. He has got everything you wish for in a fast bowler,” Donald said.
He reckons watching Steyn let rip in the Proteas’ first Test in Brisbane since 1963 may yet make up for the frustration.
“What makes him such a magnificent bowler is the length he bowls. He`s difficult to get at, he swings it at 148 to 150km/h, and he`s aggressive. That makes him a huge threat to any side, and he keeps coming all day. He never seems to be bowling within himself - what more can you ask for?” Donald said of Steyn.
Steyn has so far claimed 287 wickets at 23.50 - and Donald expects that tally to rise considerably.
Commenting on Australian coach Mickey Arthur highlighting Steyn’s poor strike rate against left-handers, Donald said: “Let`s just say I don`t think I have to go to Dale and tell him `Listen are you worried about bowling to left-handers’.”
“Dale has had great success against left-handers in the past - this will fire him up even more. The thing is he is fiery on the field but quite placid off it. He is a purring cat all day. On the field he is a different animal.”