Proteas

Rabada as good as Steyn after 6 Tests

Kagiso Rabada (Gallo Images)
Kagiso Rabada (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Kagiso Rabada is the name on everybody's lips after his phenomenal effort in the fourth Test against England in Centurion secured South Africa their first win in 10 matches. 

It may have been too little too late to salvage anything from the series - the Proteas went down 2-1 - but the future does look a lot brighter knowing that Rabada is set to be a big part of it. 

The 20-year-old took 7/112 in the first innings and 6/32 in the second to finish with match figures of 13/144, and those are the second best match figures ever achieved by a South African bowler. 

Makhaya Ntini holds that record for the 13/132 he picked up against the West Indies in Trinidad in 2005. 

Rabada now has an impressive 24 wickets after his first six Test match - the same number as his role model Dale Steyn. 

The difference is that Steyn played all of his first six Tests on home soil while Rabada has played three in India and three in South Africa. 

BEST MATCH FIGURES BY A SOUTH AFRICAN BOWLER IN TESTS:

Makhaya Ntini - 13/132 v West Indies, Trinidad 2005

Kagiso Rabada - 13/144 v England, Centurion 2016

Hugh Tayfield - 13/165 v Australia, Melbourne 1952

Hugh Tayfield - 13/192 v England, Johannesburg 1957

Sibley Snooke - 12/127 v England, Johannesburg 1906

Allan Donald - 12/139 v India, Port Elizabeth 1992

Bert Vogler - 12/181 v England, Johannesburg 1910

Dale Steyn - 11/60 v Pakistan, Johannesburg 2013

WICKETS AFTER SIX TEST MATCHES:

Vernon Philander - 45

Allan Donald - 32

Dale Steyn - 24

Kagiso Rabada - 24

Shaun Pollock - 21

Makhaya Ntini - 18 

Morne Morkel - 17

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England 204 & 15/0 (10 ov)
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