Originally Posted by SJS
Thats true but then one has to remember that he got only 152 of those wickets in Australia (at 23.5 each). Almost all of the others in England where, in county cricket, the top bowlers got their wickets cheaper by comparison.
Even Ironmonger, who is never ranked in any list of truly great players and who played almost all his cricket in Australia, got his 464 first class wickets at 21.5.
No question about that - they can't equate to an outstanding Test record.
Ironmonger is a bowler who I feel history has underrated - in Australia he seems better known for his comically poor batting and ungainly appearance and manner, than for his considerable achievements with the ball.