Originally Posted by marc71178
Really? 3 wickets per match?
I think that this is fertile ground for a new thread: 'Who was the better bowler - Keith Miller or Ian Botham?'
Would you like to start it marc?
Now that I think about it a young Ian Botham was impressive. So now I'm not so sure. However, Keith Miller's average as a new ball bowler was 22.97, that's pretty damned good.
But the main point remains - Ian Botham did not cope well with 2 quality fast-bowlers operating at either end. Holding and Roberts, then Holding and Marshall simply took him apart. The same can be said of Akram and Waqar. Just check out his average against the West Indies - 21.40 over 20 Test matches is not good enough for a No.6 batsman.