McCullum believes the South African pace attack is a reincarnation of Australia’s own attack from a decade ago
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has compared South Africa’s seamers to Australia’s legendary all-conquering pace attack, which was led by hall of famer Glenn McGrath and his trusted right-hand man Brett Lee.
After having been whitewashed by the Proteas during their two-Test series, McCullum noted that South Africa pace trio Dale Steyn, Vernon Philander and Morne Morkel presented a challenge like no other.
As of right now, Steyn is first on the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test bowling rankings, while Philander occupies the second spot and Morkel is also included in the top ten at eighth.
McCullum, who made his debut also a decade ago against an Australian team that boasted a bowling line-up of Shane Warne, McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Lee, stated that there were a lot of similarities between the two attacks.
One major similarity that McCullum pointed out was the fact that both pace attacks were relentless in their approach and constantly looked to keep batsmen under pressure by bowling a lot of short-pitched deliveries, while also maintaining an excellent line and length.