Originally Posted by Matt79
I think the OP wanted to talk non-doosra bowling finger spinners, hence left out Harby deliberately.
Lol at the underrating of Hauritz in this thread. Someone said there are three better spinners in Australia - name them please.
I'm not saying he's better than Swann or Harris, although I think he outbowled Swann in the Ashes.
But to say that he's not deserving of comparison to them, or is clearly massively inferior is wrong imo.
And Aussie somehow got confused on the point of whether Hauritz deserved his spot ahead of the potential fourth specialist quick in the Australian team with the question of how he compares to Harris and Swann
We'll never really know, tbh. Leaving out the specialist tweaker for The Oval was one of the larger selectorial bollocks that've been dropped of late. Would've been nice to see how Haurie went under the shadow of the old gasworks, but it wasn't to be. As (IIRC) North took 4 wickets with his serviceable part-time stuff I think it's fair to assume Hauritz had his moment stolen from him.
In Swann's defence, whilst he was mostly disappointing with the ball in the summer, on the decks that offered him a little (The Oval & 2nd dig at Lords) he conjoured up match-turning spells.
It's nice to see three classic finger-spinners, none of whom possess a throwsra, doing decent jobs for their sides tho. 18 months ago the conventional wisdom seemed to be that all orth(o)dox twirlers needed a wrong 'un to prosper.
The other conventional offie I had high hopes for was Ramesh Powar. Could watch him bowl all day; absolutely beautiful action. Seems to have disappeared off the radar a bit of late tho. Shame, cricket needs its lardos, IMHO.