Originally Posted by Jager
Four man pace attacks are just plain wrong in my opinion, for all the credit that Warne/Murali get you'd think having at least one spinner of ATG level in each team would be a bare minimum.
I agree, 3 x quicks, 1 x off-spinner, and 1 x leggie/left-armer is the ultimate attack as it covers all pitches and conditions. Not to mention dismiss batsman who play pace well, but spin not so well, and vice versa.
I remember Murray Bennett making the great Viv Richards look second rate at the SCG in 1985. He had absolutely no idea how to combat Bennett's flipper in the second innings and got his stumps smashed. I lept out of my lounge-room seat at the time.
Here we have a fabulous scorecard where Australia bat first and score 471 against Marshall, Garner, Holding, and Walsh (!!!), and then the Windies are bowled out twice by the leggies to lose by an innings;
5th Test: Australia v West Indies at Sydney, Dec 30, 1984 - Jan 2, 1985 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo