Donald terms Dale Steyn 'greatest ever' fast bowler
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, The Sydney Morning Herald reports.
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."