Yeah best of the last 15 years - though Vern Philander arguably has the better numbers. And Rabada is the pack leader for years now, out performing Steyn. But lets see what Rabada and Abbas provide moving forward. Plus Indian fans have big things expected of Bumrah. Aus fans like Cummins' claims. The current generation of fast bowlers is far far far more competitive, whereas Steyn only had Zaheer and Jimmy Anderson to compete with until Big Vern came along (Ryan Harris robbed by injury).
SA have lost to county cricket, de Lange, Parnell, superstars Abbot, MMorkel and Olivier, and still have Rabada, Ngidi, Philander and Nortje was the reserve!
Amazing production line. Sad to see Steyn go, I don't think he makes the ODI team tbh. He's not better than Rabada or Ngidi at white ball. Nortje is the future for the next World Cup. I'd just retire Steyn from all intls. He's not needed and not good for the team moving forward.
I don't think SA will miss him. They miss ABDV more. They're not able to replace class batsmen like Smith, Kallis and ABdV - with only Markram having come through the system in this time. Amla looks done, more and more, every day in every format. And Faf isn't getting younger. The SA bowling unit will remain one of the best they ever had without Steyn, esp with Maharaj, but their batting is becoming a sad joke.
This shows how little Steyn will be missed from the test team:http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/stats/index.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=bowling_average;spanmin1=01+Jan+2017;spanval1=span;team=3;template=results;type=allround