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The story of South African Cricket is unique since its reintroduction in International Cricket in the 1992 World Cup. After being banned for 22 years, South Africa made a great comeback in the 1992 World Cup while finishing as a semi-finalist. Since then African team has kept on producing some top-class fast bowlers who have had a big impact on the Proteas cricket in the broader spectrum.
These bowlers have managed to dominate the batsmen not only on fast and bouncy wickets but also on sub-continent wickets which usually assist the spinners. Due to a vast amount of talent South Africa is the only team who has managed to win two-match Test series against Australia in Australia.
The Proteas have also won Test series in England where the conditions are helpful for swing bowlers. The RSA has always had a mix of pace ingredient which has helped them to overcome any sort of conditions.
If we look at the teams South Africa has had in the previous years, their pacers have dominated the best batting line-ups and have achieved major status in the world of cricket.
We take a look at five such South African bowlers of yesteryears who have inspired the next generation of fast bowlers.
# 1 Allan Donald:
Allan Donald will be remembered as one of the best South African bowlers of all time. Donald bowled with an aggressive intent and looked to attack the stumps. The right-arm fast bowler generated a lot of speed with his jump.
Donald more often than not troubled the batsmen with his quick bouncers. His fast yorkers would often unsettle the batsmen. The 53-year-old would hit the deck hard and always tried to bowl in the good length area.
Donald operated quite well in the slog overs and extracted a lot of bounce even on slow wickets. Donald took 330 wickets in 72 tests and 272 wickets in 164 One Day Internationals. He was quite penetrative with his fast outswingers.