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South Africa: Daily Maverick SA Cricketer of the Year - Dale Steyn

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Bowlers aren't often celebrated enough for their contribution to a cricket team. Dale Steyn has been so good for so long and although nobody will deny that he is the best in the world, his adaptability from preferred-Test player to a force of nature in ODIs is what set him aside from the rest in 2013. By ANTOINETTE MULLER.

The word greatness is often far too loosely used in sport. It's thrown around loosely, like a half volley from an Indian fast bowler. It's often disputed, debated and shrugged off, but if there is one cricketer who unanimously unites opinions of greatness, it's Dale Steyn.

South Africa's snarling quick has had yet another extraordinary year both in Test match whites and in coloured clothing. It's a shame that Steyn will get to play just nine Test matches in total this year. To date, he has played seven and raced to 41 wickets at an average of 14.36. Comparatively, the year's leading Test match wicket taker, England's Stuart Broad has taken 59 wickets in 13 games at an average of 25.37.

It's not bad going from Broad, but when it comes to fast bowling, the raw and aggressive kind, few have...

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