Donald: Steyn beats Anderson due to pace

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Former South Africa fast bowler, and current bowling mentor, Allan Donald feels Dale Steyn is the best paceman the country has ever had, and is a step up from any other speedster in the world.

Former South Africa fast bowler, and current bowling mentor, Allan Donald feels Dale Steyn is the best paceman the country has ever had, and is a step up from any other speedster in the world.

Steyn, who has take 332 Test wickets to far, is the top ranked Test bowler, and Donald feels that if he is managed correctly, he could have many more years in the tank, despite being 30 already.

Donald said on <i>Supersport.com</i>: "I think Test cricket is an important priority for us with Dale. We need to manage him wisely. When I played, it was two forms of the game. Now there are three.

"We also need to liaise with Dale about his fitness and ask him to help us guide him. When I played, Hansie (Cronjé) and Bob (Woolmer) often asked me for advice on how I was feeling."

The former paceman went on to wax lyrical about Steyn's perfect bowling physique, and also said that while England bowling coach David Saker might consider James Anderson the best fast bowler, Steyn trumps him due to his pace.

Donald added: "It is to Dale's advantage that he is an unbelievable athlete. He doesn't carry an ounce of weight. He is like a thoroughbred greyhound and is also a superb fielder. Dale is very fit and is like a 30-year old with a 25-year old body.

"Recently Saker said that Jimmy Anderson is the best bowler in the world. Sure, Jimmy moves the new ball both ways and can also create havoc with reverse swing.

"But Steyn can make it happen faster on any pitch in the world. When Dale gets half a sniff and one end opens up, he can crank it up and achieve speeds of 150 kilometer per hour in a four or five over spell and destroy a lower order.

"He has that white line fever and that ability to move up a level into another gear which sets him apart from any other bowler in the world."

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