Steyn: ‘I can bowl faster’

Dale Steyn, the No 1-ranked Test bowler, is pushing his limits.

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The world has come to appreciate Steyn as a feisty yet accurate bowler averaging 140kph and producing effort deliveries in the region of 150kph, but he now averages in the high 140s and is capable of conjuring the 150-plus fireballs on the incombustible dirtbowls of India.

‘At the beginning of the IPL, [Bangalore coach] Ray Jennings noticed I’d been bowling a lot quicker and he told me to build a reputation around that,’ Steyn says in the new issue of SA Cricket magazine, on sale this week. ‘Batsmen don’t want to face somebody bowling over 150kph and are likely to take on the next bowler. It’s something I worked on with [former Proteas mental coach] Jeremy Snape. My pace can be a very effective means of setting batsmen up.’

Steyn goes on to explain why he can bowl even quicker, while Snape reveals how some new concentration skills have allowed Steyn to focus just on what he is doing. Former Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock also comments on Steyn’s recent progress.

Also in the new issue:

– Proteas coach Corrie van Zyl on his management style, South Africa’s ODI woes, and the 2011 World Cup

– How bitter boardroom battles and a cash shortfall have kept West Indies cricket in the doldrums

Hashim Amla is set to join an elite group of master Test batsmen

– Four West Indian greats – Viv Richards, Garry Sobers, Wes Hall and Richie Richardson – discuss the plight of their region’s cricket

– A bold new initiative involving the Cape Cobras could change the face of domestic Twenty20 cricket around the world

– Twenty20 has swept through cricket over the past few years. But at what cost is the format going to prove to the wider game?

Rusty Theron on the rise of the Warriors, his IPL stint, why too much Twenty20 is bad for the game, and his approach to death bowling

– Riki Wessels on his passport problems, playing franchise cricket in Zimbabwe, and how Kepler will help the Proteas batsmen

– Having earned the right to play at the highest level, Bangladesh are determined to take the ever-elusive next step

– In an extract from his new autobiography Slow Death: Memoirs of a Cricket Umpire, Rudi Koertzen reflects on the highs and lows of his profession

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