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Chance for Steyn to equal Lillee’s record


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CAPE TOWN: South African fast bowler Dale Steyn will find the “Bull Ring” at Johannesburg the ideal spot to try and equal Dennis Lillee’s record for the fastest man to 250 Test wickets from Thursday. Legendary Australian speedster Lillee, now 62, reached the 250-milestone in his 48th Test, and Steyn stands enticingly on 244 scalps from 47 appearances for South Africa in the five-day game.

With its reasonably unaltered reputation for bounce and healthy carry, the venue has often been kind to pace bowlers. Proteas spearhead Steyn unsurprisingly boasts an excellent record at the Bullring.

So six wickets in the second and final Test in Johannesburg against an Aussie side considered to be in some disarray after turning likely victory – at one stage, anyway — into ignominious defeat at Newlands would take the Phalaborwa Express level.

The Wanderers is one of the grounds where the 28-year-old has excelled to an even greater extent than his overall record in Tests: he has grabbed 31 wickets in six Tests there at an average of 21.09, which beats his total average at present of 22.96, the sports24 website reports.

Steyn has grabbed seven match wickets or more in three of his last four Tests at the Wanderers. (ANI)


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