View Poll Results: Who is the Greatest Bowler of All Time?

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  • Imran Khan

    2 3.92%
  • Dennis Lillee

    5 9.80%
  • Shane Warne

    6 11.76%
  • Richard Hadlee

    14 27.45%
  • Bill O'Reilly

    2 3.92%
  • Muttiah Muralitharan

    10 19.61%
  • Fred Trueman

    1 1.96%
  • Ray Lindwall

    0 0%
  • Harold Larwood

    0 0%
  • Malcolm Marshall

    11 21.57%
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    Greatest Bowler of All Time

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    IMO, Glenn McGrath.
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    No Tyson, Holding, Ambrose, McGrath, Akram, Davidson, Laker, Barnes, Botham, Miller etc? :P

    Well, out of your list I'd probably go for Warne... just. It's just way too hard to pick a single bowler as the best ever though. Murali and warne are both greats that are hard enough to seperate on their own, as are say Hadlee and Imran or Lillee and Holding or Ambrose and Marshall... trying to pick one out of a big list is just impossible.

    My pick for the most underrated bowler ever is definately Alan Davidson, since from what I've seen and read of him he must be very close to the best ever, and never seems to make these lists. The best I have ever seen with my own eyes is Glenn McGrath.

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    Where the hell is Glen Mcgrath? The best bowler I've ever seen in my life. This also coming from an Indian supporter.
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    Well, they only let me put in 10 options...........

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    Where's Wasim, Waqar? Imran was more of an all-rounder

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    I'm surprised Flintoff wasn't one of the contenters

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy
    Well, they only let me put in 10 options...........
    So you dont think McGrath is even top 10 material ?

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    On a serious note Mcgrath's non-inclusion is surprising...

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    I don't think we'll ever find a winner. This topic has come up many a time & it never gets anywhere.

    Without Hadlee, im not sure cricket would be so popular in NZ.

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    Glen McGrath

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    Malcolm Marshall.
    The absolute best IMO.

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    How about you split it into a poll for spinners, and a poll for pace bowlers.
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    Itís probably a nearly impossible call to make. Across the decades one isnít really comparing like-for-like.

    On pure stats alone Englandís George Lohmann (112 wickets @ 10.75 with a strike rate of 34.1) looks to have an unanswerable case. He was playing at a time (1886-96) when the ball held sway over the bat, but of players with over 100 wickets to their names his average is nearly 6 runs better than his closest rival, the legendary SF (Sydney) Barnes (189 wickets @ 16.43, strike rate 41.66). This suggests he was by far & away the best of his era.

    I think being the best of oneís era is the most one can really ask of a bowler; I defy anyone to say with any certainty that Lohmann (or Barnes) was better than McGrath (or Pollock). Lohmann the bowler actually sounds quite like McGrath (not much above medium pace, metronomic accuracy, moves the ball both ways) from the little Iíve read about him.

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    George Lohmann was generally considered "slow-medium" (McGrath for most of his career was fast-medium if not fast - he certainly could touch 90mph and still comes pretty close on occasions), and I can't help highly doubting he'd have been anywhere near as successful in the 20th-century, let alone from the 1930s onwards.
    Barnes was another matter and many correspondants who saw him and cricket of the 1930s (when it started to take-on some of it's identity of today) said he was the greatest bowler ever.
    Of those named above (the lack of Barnes is unforgivable) I'd go for Marshall every time.
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