South African speedster Dale Steyn selects his dream Test XI

Two Indian batsman on the star-studded list.

Dale Steyn of South Africa
Dale Steyn of South Africa. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

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South African cricket has been blessed with a number of cricketers who have gone on and made a name for themselves in all formats of international cricket. From the likes of Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock, Makhaya Ntini, the country has produced a number of fast-bowlers. Dale Steyn is arguably their most fearsome bowler and even at the age of 35, his fervor to play the sport hasn’t died down.

He recently played for Hampshire in England’s One-Day Cup. The team won the championship by defeating Kent in the Final. Prior to the match, Steyn was interviewed by Sky Sports’ Robert Key. During the interaction, he revealed his dream Test XI as per reports in Sky Sports. Graeme Smith, the former Proteas captain, is the leader of the team and one of the openers as well.

Some prominent names in the list

Virender Sehwag, who was known for his swashbuckling style of play, is the other opener. Hashim Amla and Sachin Tendulkar are the batsmen in the middle order. There are no apprehensions surrounding their abilities and it’s not a surprise that Steyn included the stalwarts.

Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara were among the most reliable batsmen in their respective teams. AB de Villiers and Andrew Flintoff’s explosive batting prowess used to be tormenting factors for a number of opponents and they are perfect fits in the lineup. Flintoff was also a brute force with the ball.

Shane Warne, the legendary Australian bowler, is the sole spinner in the team. Wasim Akram and Glenn McGrath are still rated among the best exponents of seam bowling and even they make the eleven. Allan Donald along with Jonty Rhodes, who redefined fielding in his own special way, are the 12th and 13th man respectively.

Here is the team

Graeme Smith (capt), Virender Sehwag, Hashim Amla, Sachin Tendulkar, Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), AB de Villiers, Andrew Flintoff, Shane Warne, Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, 12th and 13th men – Allan Donald and Jonty Rhodes

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