Top 10 South African bowlers of all time

1st Test - Australia v South Africa: Day 4
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#9 Hugh Tayfield

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Hugh Tayfield (right), was a promising off-spinner for the South Africans

Widely acknowledged as one of South Africa's best spinners ever, Hugh Tayfield was a weird personality with immense talent. An off-spinner who could make the ball talk, Tayfield was an integral part of the Proteas outfit for close to eleven years. He figured in 37 Tests during this time period and was the fastest South African to a 100 Test wickets until Steyn took over.

He had quite a few strange habits, including kissing the badge on his cap before handing it over to the umpire and smashing his toes into the ground before each ball. He made his debut for Natal as early as 1945 at the age of 17. He led the ICC bowling charts in 1955 after a sensational England tour where he took 26 wickets. He took 9/113 on the last day of a Johannesburg Test in which he bowled unchanged from one end.

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