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Dale Steyn joins 23 five-wicket Test hauls’ club

Dale Steyn bowled superbly in the first innings at Galle against Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)
Dale Steyn bowled superbly in the first innings at Galle against Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)

Johannesburg: Jul 19, 2014

South African pace bowler Dale Steyn has swapped one elite club for another as he advanced to 23 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket to join the likes of Dennis Lillee, Imran Khan and Kapil Dev.

Steyn put South Africa in the driving seat in their first Test against Sri Lanka with his latest ‘five-for’.

Steyn entered his 73rd Test alongside the illustrious quartet of Waqar Younis, Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose and Courtney Walsh on 22 such achievements and now he enjoys the company of Australian pace legend Lillee and two all-rounders Imran, and Kapil, Sport24 reported.

Advancing to 23 hauls has also put Steyn among the top 10 of all-time for that particular bowling landmark, as he and the other three jointly occupy 10th place.

Of the new group, the South African paceman is a part of now, only Lillee got there in fewer bowling innings; 128 to Steyn’s 137. Next in his sights would be England icon, Sydney Barnes.

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