And here is a small part of Armstrong's rationale (it actually goes for 2 full pages) for preferring Mailey to Grimmett;
Leaving Grimmett out to fit Mailey in this top 100 is extremely difficult. But the fact Mailey took an English wicket every 60.48 deliveries, a better Strike Rate than not just Grimmett, but also Jack Gregory and Ted McDonald, the outstanding Australian fast men of the 1920s is a compelling argument in his favour. Mailey's Strike Rate is also better than a number of other exceptional spinners from different eras, such as South Africa's Hugh Tayfield (79.81), India's Subash Gupte (75.73), England's Derek Underwood (73.61), Pakistan's Abdul Qadir (72.57) and India's Anil Kumble (65.48).
1945-1977 ATG Draft: Desmond Haynes - Roy Fredericks - Rohan Kanhai - Neil Harvey - Clive Lloyd - Asif Iqbal - John Waite - Ray Lindwall - Garth McKenzie - John Snow - Derek Underwood
ATG XI: Jack Hobbs - Len Hutton - Don Bradman - Brian Lara - Graham Pollock - Gary Sobers - Alan Knott - Malcolm Marshall - Shane Warne - Dennis Lillee- Sydney Barnes
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