Originally Posted by Monk
Average- 24.21 runs per wicket
Strike Rate- 67.1 balls per wicket.
Average- 33.91 runs per wicket
Strike Rate- 61.8 balls per wicket
Grimmett takes a wicket every 11.1 overs.
Mailey takes a wicket every 10.3 overs.
Grimmett's numbers look better than they really are because he cleaned up during his 15 Tests against the lesser teams of his era - WI and SA. On the other hand, Mailey only had 3 Tests against SA to boost his stat's.
Against England when he had Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Hammond et al to contend with Grimmett was a lot less impressive;
Average against England = 32.44
SR against England = 86.4
Average against England = 34.12
SR against England = 60.4
Therefore, their averages are similar when playing against decent opposition (England) - less than 2 runs difference.
But Mailey romps it home with regards to Strike Rate! Add that fact to his impact on the art of leg-spin bowling, and his ability to radically transform an entire Ashes series (1921) and he is the greater bowler of the two IMO.