Originally Posted by Richard
Whatever a "plodder" is (generally best known on here as Camel56-idiot-type terminology)... Croft was - is in fact - a quite capable fingerspin bowler, who possessed about all the tools you could ask a fingerspinner to do. Good flight, good arm-ball, the ability to fire it through flat (both as a change-up and consistently) when neccessary, and enough spin to make the ball talk on a helpful deck.
Would venture to suggest on uncovered wickets Croft - like Emburey - could easily have been fit to rank with the better England fingerspinners. Same might well apply to Swann.
Indeed, but i'd say Croft was a slightly
better off-spinner than Swann at his best though . I remember how brilliant he was when we won SRI 2001, getting some real big spin..