‘Top gun’ Steyn bowls twelfth fifer

2010-01-15 00:00

GRAEME Smith implored his bowlers to lead from the front yesterday, and his top gun duly delivered for the skipper.

Steyn’s 12th haul of five wickets in an innings means that the Phala­borwa speed train has now charged through every Test-playing nation, an achievement which has been on his mind since the start of the series.

“I said at the start that I wanted to do well against them, and I am just chuffed that I have now got a fifer against each of the major Test playing nations,” Steyn said in a typically entertaining press conference after play yesterday.

“Graeme came to us and told us to take the game to England. To be honest, I bowled a lot better at Newlands, but that’s the way the game goes,” he added.

It was Steyn himself who produced the ball of the day, however, jagging one back to destroy Ian Bell’s castle.

“I have been working on that for a few years actually, getting the ball to come back like that.

“As a player, there is nothing better than when all your plans before hand come right in the middle.”

Steyn also expressed his surprise at Graham Onions’s exclusion for the final Test.

“Ja, it is actually a bit of a relief for us because I think that he would have been a real handful on this deck,” Steyn said.

“But I don’t actually want to dwell on what England is doing.

“Today was a great day for South African cricket, and I think that’s what I should focus on.”

Steyn also revealed that the inclusion of Ryan McLaren and Wayne Parnell meant there is a real scrap for batting spots in the lower order.

“Ja, it’s really tough down there, but I will have a word with the skipper!”

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