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Johnson v Steyn battle could prove decisive

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Saturday will see two of the best fast bowlers in world cricket - Dale Steyn and Mitchell Johnson - go head-to-head in the deciding Test match between South Africa and Australia in Cape Town. The outcome of the Test and series may well be decided by the battle between the two pace aces.

Heading into the third and final Test match, both bowlers have impressed during this series. Johnson is fresh from a devastating series against England and continued his form in the first game between the two sides as he bowled with pace and aggression to inspire the Aussies to a historic 281-run victory. He captured twelve wickets for just 127 runs.

Steyn responded and was the key bowler in the second Test between the two sides. He produced a fantastic spell of fast bowling, which included three wickets for four runs in 15 balls that simply blew away the Australian batting resistance as South Africa cruised to a 231-run victory and kept the series alive.

This series has seen the pair of fast bowlers take 26 wickets between them so far and nobody will be betting against them taking this tally well beyond 30 after the final Test has concluded. However, they are not alone.

The top four bowlers in the world at the moment are all plying their trade in this Test series. Steyn currently tops the world ICC rankings but is only a point ahead of compatriot Vernon Philander with the two Australians -  Johnson and Ryan Harris - in third and fourth place respectively. Spinners are no longer dominating the rankings.

If ever there is an appetite for a five-match series then this series between South Africa and Australia certainly demands it. Test cricket is most definitely alive and kicking and it doesn’t get any better than this.

Both Johnson and Steyn have shown that true fast bowling is no longer a dying art in the
modern game and have hopefully inspired youngsters all over the world to try their hand at this skillful and exciting part of the game.

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