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Allan vote for SA

Allan Donald

London: Allan Donald has described South Africa’s bowling line-up as the best he has seen as the world’s top-ranked team prepare to seal a sixth successive Test series win in Cape Town this week.

The Proteas hold a 1-0 advantage in the three-Test series against Pakistan after ripping out the tourists for just 49 in Johannesburg a fortnight ago. It was not the first time in recent history that South Africa’s attack has embarrassed their opposition after skittling New Zealand for 45 last month while Australia managed just 47 last summer.

Worryingly for Pakistan, both of those low scores were recorded at this week’s venue.

It is hardly surprising then that South Africa’s bowlers have been credited as the major force behind the country’s rise to the top of the Test standings.

Bowling coach Donald, who could be surpassed by Dale Steyn as the country’s third-highest Test wicket-taker this week, believes they deserve even more credit than that. “The current crop of bowlers is definitely the best I’ve seen,” Donald said.

“Collectively, when there is a change of bowler, the pressure never stops. The heat is relentless from both ends and the pace is relentless from both ends, and I think that is a big accolade for this group of bowlers.”

“We have to make sure that we stay relentless in our approach, but it’s fantastic to work with this group of players.”