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Dale Steyn joins the 400 club

Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has become the joint-second quickest man to take 400 wickets in test cricket.

Proteas pace bowler Dale Steyn. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - Proteas fast bowler Dale Steyn has become the joint-second quickest man to take 400 wickets in test cricket, having Bangladesh's opener Tamim Iqbal caught by Hashim Amla at slip on the opening morning of the second test in Dhaka.

Steyn achieved the feat in just 80 test matches, alongside New Zealand great Sir Richard Hadlee.

Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan holds the record having taken the most at 800.

Muralitharan took 72 matches to reach the 400 wicket mark.

Steyn is only the second South African to achieve the milestone along with Shaun Pollock who ended his career on 421.

Makhaya Ntini retired having taking 390 wickets.

Cricket South Africa's Haroon Lorgat was full of praise and said, "There is far more to Dale's success than pure statistics. His ability to bowl conventional swing at high pace and then switch to lethal reverse swing - he is one of the finest exponents of this latter art - combined with his superb control make him the world leader he has become for most of the past decade.

With his skill and natural athleticism there is no reason why he cannot go on to achieve the 500 wickets mark and beyond."