Originally Posted by Himannv
Well it's a common problem with any bowler who we haven't seen much footage of. There will always be people who think he's amazing and people who would be a bit more sceptical. However, I don't see many people questioning the credentials of players like Barnes and O'Reilly.
I think the stats come in to play a bit here. O'Reilly and Barnes had ridiculously good stats, while Larwood's were so-so at test level (I know stats aren't everything etc). Larwood's contemporary, Bill Voce, had virtually exactly the same stats (average and SR) as Larwood.