Originally Posted by Flem274*
Haha, based on the one game I've seen of both and Tahir being the finished article, Tastle > Tahir. True, Tahir ran into Clarke on God mode on a road, but Tastle bowled to Sri Lanka on their home turf on an even bigger road and was respected by the opposition when he would have been a prime candidate for the pressure release.
I wouldn't pick him for SA though. He has promise but it's easy to forget he's very young as a pure leg spinner and needs more time to get better. He'll probably get picked and take 5fer on a randomly slow and low pitch since I've said that but i'd rather he didn't bowl to the South Africans on pace friendly pitches. Also, if South Africa are stupid enough to pick Tahir against weak opposition (and tbf it would be just like us to fall in a heap to him after seeing off the quicks) we don't want to lose the advantage by picking a raw leggie of our own.
Errrr, respected? The fact that Sri Lanka were just trying to survive played a massive part in Astle not getting blasted around the ground. He's terrible and in all probability will never be near test standard. He bowled a couple of decent deliveries but for 90 percent of his work he looked part time.