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CSA lauds Dale Steyn's Wisden Award

Dale Steyn has been named the leading cricketer in the world for 2013.

South African bowler Dale Styen. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - Proteas bowler Dale Steyn has been named leading cricketer in the world for 2013 in the 2014 edition of Wisden Cricketers' Almanac.

Steyn is only the second Proteas cricketer to receive the honour, joining retired Proteas legend Jacques Kallis on the prestigious list.

Wisden editor Lawrence Booth wrote a glowing citation for the man nicknamed the Phalaborwa Express, describing Steyn as 'lethal'.

"South African fast bowler Dale Steyn is Wisden's Leading Cricketer in the World for 2013, a year in which he took 51 Test wickets in only nine games at an average of 17. Steyn was scarcely less lethal in one-day internationals, claiming 27 at under 16. Most remarkable, perhaps, for a man of his pace, was his meanness: an economy-rate of 3.65 was comfortably the lowest among bowlers to have sent down 100 one-day international overs in 2013. Fast, penetrative and parsimonious - it was some combination.

"He shows no signs of slowing down or losing his enthusiasm. 'I enjoy taking wickets more than most people can understand,' he says. 'I'm addicted to that feeling. I live in the moment, but I hope there are many more years of it to come.'

"Steyn is the second South African to be selected as Wisden's leading cricketer in the world, after Jacques Kallis in 2007. In 2013 he was selected as one of Wisden's five cricketers of the year."

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat believes the award is just recognition for Steyn's devastating form and skill with the ball.

"This is a singular and great honour for Dale who has deservedly won just about every accolade available to him in the sport of cricket. The whole of South Africa can be proud of what he has achieved today as Wisden's leading cricketer and the humility he shows is perfect for the world's youth.

"Other than for a brief period earlier this year when he was overtaken by his colleague, Vernon Philander, he has been the world's leading Test match bowler for the past five years and has been an obvious choice in the ICC select Test XI.

"This is indeed an achievement for all South African's to celebrate," concluded Lorgat.