rise to national selection was rapid, being picked in the side for the first Test against England in December 2004 little more than a season after making his first-class debut. An aggressive out-and-out fast bowler capable of bowling at speeds in excess of 145 kmph, Steyn can generate late swing. He loves "the buzz from bowling fast" and aims to become the quickest bowler in the world. Steyn holds the record for the fastest South African to reach 100 wickets in Test Match cricket, a feat he achieved on 2 March 2008.
A genuinely fast, if slightly raw, bowler, who moves the ball away from right-handers, Steyn sprints to the wicket and hurls the ball down with aggression, and often follows with a snarl for the batsman. At the highest level his lack of experience was exposed but there was enough to suggest that he could be a force to be reckoned with. He had a good stint with Warwickshire in 2007, topping the wickets table in the limited overs games with 16 wickets. He achieved a tally of 78 wickets at the world class average of 16.24 in Season 2007/08 and was subsequently rewarded with the prestigious ICC 2008 Test Cricketer of the Year Award.
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