David Warner likened Jofra Archer to South Africa great Dale Steyn after he took 6-45 in the third Ashes Test at Headingley, but the England newcomer is not surprised by his instant impact in the longest format.

In just his second five-day match, Archer ripped through Australia on a truncated first day in Leeds, taking five of the eight wickets to fall in the final session, including that of Warner (61) as the tourists were dismissed for 179 having been 136-2.

Archer, who was born in Barbados but qualified to play for England in March, showed no sign of being overawed by international cricket when he starred in the World Cup triumph earlier this year and the Test stage does not appear too grand for the 24-year-old either.

He returned match figures of 5-91 in his Test debut at Lord's - when his vicious 92.4mph struck Steve Smith on the neck and led to him missing the match at Headingley due to concussion - but his ability to get wickets on a more pedestrian track at Leeds was even more impressive.

"It's a bit like how Dale Steyn with the new ball tried to just use the conditions and then sort of ramp it up when they need to. That was world-class bowling at its best," Warner said of Archer.

It was the wicket of Warner - one of four Australian batsmen to nick behind - that turned a game that had been disrupted by rain and bad light after Joe Root had won the toss.

Archer got nowhere near the 96.1mph he clocked at Leeds and the threat of the bouncer was only minimal, but the conscious reduction of pace proved productive.

"This wasn't a short-ball wicket, it wasn't as hard as Lord's," Archer said. 

"So it's just get it on the full line and length and it got results today. I don't need to run in and bowl 90mph every spell to get wickets. It's shown today."

On the comparisons with Steyn, Archer added: "It's really flattering. Actually, Dale tweeted a few years ago when I first started for Sussex, it's nice that someone who has played so many Tests and taken so many wickets would even think about me."

Whereas others may be taken aback by Archer's swift adaptation to Test cricket, the man himself thinks he is just doing what he always has.

Asked whether he had been surprised by his impact, he replied: "No. It's the same thing. It's nice to play the Ashes in England at grounds you played at already and are familiar with.

"Sussex has the same hill so to me it doesn't feel like I've done anything different."

It is the end of an era for Dale Steyn in the Test arena but there have been no shortage of magic moments from the South Africa great.

The paceman has opted to call it a day in the five-day format in order to prolong his career and retires as the Proteas' all-time leading Test wicket taker on 439.

While the past few years of his career have been injury hit, in his pomp Steyn was among the most dangerous quicks in the world.

Below we have taken a look back at some of his very best Test performances for South Africa.


Versus Australia: Melbourne, December 2008

South Africa headed to Melbourne for the Boxing Day Test already 1-0 up in the best-of-three contest. The Proteas secured a nine-wicket hammering to clinch the series with Steyn at the fore. He claimed a five-for in both innings and contributed 76 with the bat to help South Africa to a 65-run first-innings lead that set the foundations for victory.


Versus India: Nagpur, February 2010

Steyn was at his devastating best during South Africa's opening contest of a three-match series in Nagpur. After Hashim Amla's 253 and 173 from Jacques Kallis steered the Proteas to 558-6 declared, Steyn ripped through India's star-studded order to return Test-best figures of 7-51. India, who made just 233 in the first innings, were put back into bat and Steyn celebrated three more wickets to finish with match figures of 10-108. The series was drawn at 1-1.


Versus Pakistan: Johannesburg, February 2013

South Africa absolutely hammered Pakistan 3-0 during a three-match series six-and-a-half-years ago. Steyn was influential in wrapping up the opening Test by 211 runs. A remarkable return of 6-8 in the first innings was the catalyst for Pakistan's embarrassing total of 49. There was little let up in Pakistan's second knock as Steyn made 5-52 in a stunning Test performance.


Versus New Zealand: Centurion, April 2006

South Africa were up against it in the opening Test against New Zealand in Centurion when their first-innings total of 276 was answered with 327 from the Black Caps, Steyn contributing a modest 2-95. A total of 299 for the hosts' second knock set New Zealand 249 to win and Steyn showed his ever-blossoming status as a feared seamer, as he and Makhaya Ntini each claimed a five-for to bowl the visitors out for 120. It was a crucial turning point as the home side went on to take a 2-0 triumph.


Versus West Indies: Centurion, April 2014

After South Africa posted a mammoth 552-5 declared, West Indies were under the cosh and made just 201 in reply with a frustrated Steyn finishing wicketless. But did you really think he would completely miss out on the fun? Steyn took 6-34 in a devastating spell in the Windies' second innings following on as the visitors succumbed to an innings and 220 run defeat in the first Test of a series they would lose 2-0.

The Test career of one of South Africa's greatest ever players is over after Dale Steyn decided to give up red-ball cricket on Monday.

Over the past 15 years, paceman Steyn has been one of the most feared bowlers in the longest format of the game.

Steyn retires after 93 Tests and as his country's all-time leading Test wicket-taker.

Injuries have plagued Steyn over the past few years but he remains one of the all-time great seamers and we have analysed his best numbers with the help of Opta.

439 – Steyn accumulated 439 Test wickets from his 93 matches, placing him at the top of the Proteas' all-time list. Shaun Pollock is next on the list with 421.

5th – The 36-year-old's return is the fifth most in Test cricket among seamers. It is also the eighth best overall.

7-51 – Steyn recorded his best-ever Test-match figures of 7-51 against India in 2010. It is the second best by a South African in the longest format.

26 – Many a side have crumbled against Steyn. On 26 occasions he has finished a Test match with a five-for.

22.95 – Steyn's average of 22.95 is better than the likes of James Anderson, Courtney Walsh and Wasim Akram.

0 – His last Test was against Sri Lanka in Port Elizabeth in February this year. Steyn failed to take a wicket across both innings, bowling 18 overs. 

South Africa great Dale Steyn has announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect.

The 36-year-old played 93 Tests for the Proteas, taking 439 wickets at an average of 22.95 to become his country's most potent bowler of all-time in cricket's longest format.

Steyn said he has taken the decision to prolong his career, with the paceman contracted to play white-ball cricket for South Africa for the 2019-2020 season.

"Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game," he said via a Cricket South Africa news release.

"It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally. It's terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what's more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all.

"So, I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximise my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport.

"I'd like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific, because everyone has been a part of my journey. And I look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats."

Steyn etched his name into the record books by becoming South Africa's leading Test-wicket taker in December 2018 when he dismissed Fakhar Zaman to beat Shaun Pollock's previous best of 421.

He has 696 wickets across all formats for South Africa and took a career-best 7-51 against India in February 2010.

The retirement of Steyn places further strain on the Proteas' fast-bowling stocks, with the likes of Duanne Olivier, Kyle Abbott and Morne Morkel having turned their back on South Africa to sign Kolpak deals in the County Championship.Cricket.

South Africa chief executive Thabang Moroe paid tribute to Steyn.

"Dale is undoubtedly one of the all-time greats of cricket. From the time he made his Test debut against England in 2004 and dismissed their captain, Michael Vaughan, with a superb delivery, he has been one of the standout fast bowlers in world cricket," he said."

He has led the South African attack brilliantly and set the standard for our future generations to follow.

"More than that he has been a wonderful mentor to our next generation of speedsters.

"We were saddened to hear of his decision, but it is one that management has to accept, and we thank him for his significant contribution to the sport and to the nation and wish him everything of the very best for the future."

 

Dale Steyn was preparing to fly home early from the Cricket World Cup on Tuesday and "needs love" after his latest injury blow, captain Faf du Plessis said.

The luckless pace bowler was a pre-tournament doubt after suffering a recurrence of an issue with his right shoulder and missed the opening matches against England and Bangladesh.

South Africa lost both, putting their semi-final prospects in doubt, and now 35-year-old Steyn cannot ride to the rescue after a second shoulder issue emerged, ruling him out of the entire tournament.

The desperate blow to the Proteas comes with Steyn's fellow quick Lungi Ngidi temporarily sidelined, and with India up next in Southampton on Wednesday.

Du Plessis said there was a danger of players going into a "self-pity cycle" as results and injuries swing against South Africa, but he has told his charges they must not let that happen.

Steyn will not stay with the camp, Du Plessis confirmed, but the skipper said there is a duty of care issue.

"It's important that us as the team and the management make sure there's things in place for him to assist him, to be there for him. He needs love at the moment," Du Plessis said.

Steyn's World Cup career ended with the injury confirmation, and some reports in South Africa have even suggested he could retire upon returning home.

Du Plessis said: "The medical decision was made that because his shoulder was weak after bowling and he couldn't really get a second spell in again, that it would be very challenging to get him at full 100 per cent match intensity to be ready for a World Cup game so a decision was made."

Team doctor Mohammed Moosajee described Steyn's injury as "a shoulder impingement syndrome" and said he was seen by an orthopaedic specialist in London.

Steyn had an injection that South Africa hoped would solve the problem but which failed to bring about the necessary signs of improvement.

Left-armer Beuran Hendricks, who has made only two ODI appearances, has been named as a replacement for Steyn, who stands fifth on the list of South Africa's leading wicket-takers with 194 from 123 matches in the 50-over format.

Beleaguered South Africa can ill afford another defeat when India get their bid for Cricket World Cup glory under way at the Rose Bowl on Wednesday.

The Proteas were beaten by Bangladesh on Sunday after starting their campaign with a heavy loss to England.

Dale Steyn (shoulder) was then ruled out of the rest of the tournament on Tuesday, while fellow paceman Lungi Ngidi (hamstring) will play no part in Southampton.

Beuran Hendricks has been called up to replace Steyn, but the left-arm quick will not face India. Hashim Amla could return, having been left out against Bangladesh as a precaution after being struck on the helmet by England's Jofra Archer.

Those setbacks came before India had taken to the field, with Virat Kohli's side the last to begin their quest to be crowned champions.

India have won six of their last seven ODIs against South Africa, although they lost their previous three ODIs against Australia back in March.

Faf du Plessis said "strong words" would be used after a chastening loss to the Tigers and he will be hoping that inspires his team to turn the tide.

 

TOURNAMENT SO FAR

South Africa went down by 104 runs in the opening match of the competition at The Oval, hosts England bowling them out for 207 in reply to 311-8.

They were also second best against an impressive Bangladesh, falling short on 309-8 in reply to 330-6 at the same London venue.

India suffered a six-wicket loss to New Zealand in their first World Cup warm-up match, but hammered Bangladesh by 95 runs in Cardiff last Tuesday.

 

WHAT THEY SAID

Du Plessis: "For myself, it's really important to stay strong. The team will feed off my energy and they will look up to the leadership group in the team. But I'm at the top of that so it is important that I stay positive, I stay strong, make sure I keep motivating the guys."

Kohli: "Whether a team has played before or not, it really wouldn't matter on the day. It depends on how the side turns out, what kind of mental set-up they have and we have to be mentally and skilfully stronger than the opposition whoever we play to win on the day, so I think our focus will be that."

 

OPTA FACTS 

- India have won 11 of their 14 ODIs in England against teams other than England since the last World Cup was hosted there in 1999.

- South Africa have lost back-to-back games in the same World Cup for just the second time in their history. They have never lost three in succession within the same tournament.

- The Proteas have won two of their previous three ODI matches at the Rose Bowl, while India have lost two of their three.

South Africa paceman Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of the Cricket World Cup due to a shoulder injury.

The luckless Steyn was a doubt for the tournament in England and Wales after suffering a recurrence of an issue with his right shoulder.

Steyn played no part in the World Cup defeats to England and Bangladesh, but the Proteas were hoping the 35-year-old would be fit to help them recover from a poor start to the tournament.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Tuesday revealed Steyn will play no part in the competition after sustaining a second shoulder issue, which has not responded to treatment.

Left-arm Beuran Hendricks, who has made only two ODI appearances, will replace Steyn in the squad ahead of Wednesday's clash with India at the Rose Bowl, subject to approval.

South Africa paceman Dale Steyn has been ruled out of the remainder of the Cricket World Cup due to a shoulder injury.

Lungi Ngidi is set for at least a week out of action with the hamstring injury that hampered him in South Africa's 21-run defeat to Bangladesh on Sunday.

The Proteas bowler delivered four of the first seven overs of his side's second Cricket World Cup match, but then pulled up with an issue and did not bowl again.

South Africa bowled poorly for the large part and are now set to be without Ngidi against India on Wednesday, although the player will have a scan on Monday.

Hashim Amla missed the Bangladesh match after taking a blow to his helmet against England, while Dale Steyn, struggling with a shoulder injury, is yet to feature. Both are being monitored.

Proteas manager Mohammed Moosajee explained the side's injury problems to the media, telling a news conference: "First, we'll talk about Lungi Ngidi.

"He sustained sharp discomfort in his left hamstring after bowling the fourth over today. He came off. He was assessed and clinically we felt that he had a left hamstring strain.

"We decided not to let him go out there and bowl any further in this match.

"So currently, it probably means that he'll be out for about a week to 10 days, but we'll have scans done tomorrow [Monday]. The plan will be probably to get him ready for the West Indies match.

"The other person we need to talk about is Hashim Amla. During the last match, he sustained a blow to the helmet. When he came off the field he was assessed.

"There were concussion assessment tests done as well as various computerised assessments done. Initially the results were what we call inconclusive, or equivocal.

"Repeat tests were done about an hour, an hour-and-a-half later, which were much clearer than the ones before, and that's why the decision was made to let him go out there and bat.

"Subsequent to the match, the next day, he felt some symptoms and therefore, as a precaution, we decided to rest him from this game.

"The plan is to get him ready for the match against India on Wednesday in Southampton."

Asked about Steyn, Moosajee added: "Dale Steyn, as we said before we left South Africa, that is [a case of] very much watching his progress.

"The plan was always to try to get him ready for the India or the West Indies game [on June 10].

"So he's making decent progress and he's out there bowling right now. We'll make a call before the India game as to where he is currently."

England opted to pick Jofra Archer and Liam Plunkett for their Cricket World Cup opener against South Africa as the hosts left out Mark Wood and were made to bat first at The Oval.

Barbados-born Archer, who only became eligible to be selected for England in March, was expected to feature after impressing in the World Cup tune-ups this month, and Plunkett, rather than Wood, was included by the hosts too.

Wood had scans on an ankle injury sustained in a warm-up fixture against Australia last weekend and, though he was cleared to face the Proteas, he missed out, along with James Vince, Liam Dawson and Tom Curran.

Fast bowler Dale Steyn (shoulder) had already been ruled out for South Africa, whose captain Faf du Plessis won the toss and inserted England. 

England will be looking to make a statement when they face South Africa in the first game of the Cricket World Cup on Thursday.

Eoin Morgan's hosts are the favourites to be crowned champions for the first time and will be expected to demonstrate their credentials at The Oval.

The hosts have no injury problems to contend with after Morgan (broken finger), Mark Wood (foot) and Adil Rashid (shoulder) were passed fit.

Wood, Liam Plunkett and Tom Curran are vying for a place in the side, which will be revealed at the toss. Jofra Archer is set to make his World Cup debut. 

The Proteas will be without paceman Dale Steyn due to a shoulder problem as they plot to claim the scalp of the top-ranked ODI side.

South Africa are also aiming to win the tournament for the first time.

HOW DID THEY WARM UP?

England thumped Pakistan 4-0 in a one-sided ODI series before losing to Australia and hammering Afghanistan.

Jason Roy was England's man of the series against Pakistan after making two half-centuries and a hundred. The opener also smashed an unbeaten 89 in the drubbing of Afghanistan.

South Africa eased to a high-scoring 87-run win over Sri Lanka before rain ensured only 12.4 overs were bowled in the warm-up clash with West Indies.

Captain Faf du Plessis and batsman Hashim Amla made half-centuries as South Africa racked up 338-7 versus Sri Lanka. Andile Phehlukwayo and Lungi Ngidi were the pick of the bowlers.

 

WHAT THEY SAID

Eoin Morgan: "They [South Africa] are a well-rounded team, they are coming into a tournament with confidence. They have coped without Dale Steyn often for about a year and a half. They have cover. The last time they were here, Dale wasn't and they were fine."

Faf du Plessis: "Dale is a big loss to our team but we expected it. When we picked the squad he was 60 per cent ready so we anticipated for this to happen. But a fit Dale Steyn makes our attack a strong one so we need to make a few changes to our team for England. Our bowling is one of our X-factors."

OPTA FACTS

- England and South Africa have faced each other six times in the Cricket World Cup, winning three apiece. England won by six runs in their last World Cup encounter eight years ago.

- South Africa are on a six-game ODI winning streak. That run includes a 5-0 whitewash of Sri Lanka.

Dale Steyn has been ruled out of South Africa's opening Cricket World Cup match against England on Thursday.

The 35-year-old has been struggling with a shoulder injury and Proteas coach Ottis Gibson has confirmed that he will miss the game at The Oval.

"He is not quite ready yet," Gibson said at a media conference on Tuesday.

It is unclear how long Steyn will be out of action for, but he faces a race against time to be fit for his side's second game of the tournament against Bangladesh on Sunday.

South Africa paceman Kagiso Rabada is expected to be fit for the start of the Cricket World Cup.

The 23-year-old suffered a back injury while playing for Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League, cutting short his participation in the competition.

However, Rabada - the leading wicket-taker in this year's IPL - is expected to recover in time to face hosts England in the first game of the World Cup on May 30.

Proteas team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: "Kagiso Rabada developed a significant lower back injury, what we call a lumbar muscle strain, with associated muscle spasm while playing in this year's IPL.

"Thankfully, investigations revealed that there was no bony pathology. The expected recovery is two to three weeks, and we are confident he will make a full recovery to be part of the World Cup squad."

South Africa have lost one fast bowler for the 50-over tournament, with Anrich Nortje replaced by Chris Morris on Tuesday due to a hand injury.

The Proteas also have concerns over Dale Steyn (shoulder) and Lungi Ngidi (side strain), so news that Rabada is not seriously injured will come as a huge relief.

Dale Steyn has given South Africa a scare ahead of the Cricket World Cup after injuring his shoulder.

The fast bowler, who was named in his country's preliminary 15-man squad, suffered the setback during Royal Challengers Bangalore's Indian Premier League clash with Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

A statement from the Proteas on Thursday confirmed Steyn would return to South Africa to have the injury assessed, with the World Cup in England and Wales only five weeks away.

"Dale felt discomfort after playing his second match at the tournament," said team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee.

"Upon assessment and subsequent investigations, a flare-up of his right shoulder was confirmed. With the World Cup around the corner, it is our priority to get him back to full fitness before the squad departs on May 19.

"He will consult with a shoulder specialist upon his return and a recovery plan will be put in place."

South Africa will meet up on May 12 for a week-long camp before setting off for the World Cup, where the Proteas will feature in the tournament opener against England at The Oval.

South Africa's bowling attack blew Sri Lanka away as the Proteas claimed a 16-run win and the series in the second Twenty20 international.

Big efforts from Reeza Hendricks (65) and Rassie van der Dussen (64) with the bat took South Africa to 180-3, but it was the work of the bowlers early in Sri Lanka's innings that made all the difference.

Chris Morris claimed three wickets while Dale Steyn and Tabraiz Shamsi took two apiece as the Proteas threatened to rattle through the Sri Lankan batsmen.

They at least saw out the 20-over innings, but Isuru Udana's unbeaten 84 could not carry Sri Lanka back into the match and they fell short on 164-9.

South Africa made a sloppy start with the bat as Aiden Markram swiftly chipped to Lasith Malinga, yet they then took complete control and Hendricks and Van der Dussen each cruised past half-centuries.

The score was still a little on the low side as those two departed, however, and it fell to skipper JP Duminy to give their total an ultimately decisive boost.

Duminy made 33 not out from 17 in a late flurry and the Proteas concluded their innings with 15 from the last over.

And South Africa optimism soared further thanks to a stunning start with the ball as Steyn (2-34) took a pair for five runs from his first six deliveries.

Morris (3-32) weighed in with his own double-wicket over shortly afterwards, with further dismissals following steadily thereafter.

Only Udana offered any sort of resistance, but eight fours and six maximums from his 48 balls - plus another 15-run final over - could not stop the Proteas sealing a comprehensive victory.

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