Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

28 February 2014

South Africa: Cricket - South African Bowlers Test Their Steyn Power

analysis

Dale Steyn's off-field character is completely different to the one on the field. There's no red-faced angry man huffing about in press conferences, but one thing that remains the same is that Steyn loves cricket, he loves bowling fast and he loves representing his country.

There are some certainties in life. Death, taxes and that a Dale Steyn press conference will be highly entertaining. Cricketers can be a boring bunch and who can blame them? They're not paid to talk, so there's a lot of focusing on processes, hitting their straps and putting pegs in the ground. Not so when Steyn is talking. The conversation can range from Eminem to confusing East London for Port Elizabeth.

What is also certain of Steyn is that the man rarely has a bad series. After a slow start in Centurion, Steyn produced one of the most memorable spells of his career to help South Africa seal a win in Port Elizabeth and ensure the series is all square heading into the final Test.

When Steyn is on fire he becomes a different person. Graeme Smith described him as going from "being angry to being extremely angry" and anyone who has...

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