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    Who is a better young fast bowler Tait or Malinga

    Well i have never seen Tait bowl, but i have heard commentators plus aussies on this forum speak well of him, also i have been impressed by his performances for SA in the recent seasons. I have seen enough of Malinga dating back to his debut in Darwin, proving to me that he is an exciting young prospect.

    But still i cant decide who is better in my view, all i can do is biasley say Tait is better , what do you blokes think...
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    Tait for mine. That's not knocking Malinga, either.

    I don't see why you'd compare them other than they're both young and fast, though.
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    They're both pretty good prospects, but Tait is more impressive for mine. Malinga certainly adds nicely to the Sri Lankan attack though.
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    Haven't seen either , but going by the performances so far Malinga has the wickets to show and Tait hasn't shown anything yet in International Cricket !!

    And this is not knocking Tait either !!

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    Never seen either bowl, so that effectively negates my opinion. However, didn't Tait set a record for South Australia in an FC season last winter (Oz summer, natch!)? 65 wickets with as strike rate of 35-6 is impressive stuff in anyone's book. Beat Clarrie Grimmett's record, so he's in very good company.

    Against that he was irredeemably ar$e at Durham. Don't think he even took a wicket & had big no-ball probs. So may he prefer the truer Oz pitches to English conditions.
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    Lasith Malinga Test career so far -

    Test Career Batting and Fielding (2004-2005)
    M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SRate Ct
    7 10 6 16 6* 4.00 0 0 24.61 5
    Test Career Bowling (2004-2005)
    Balls Mdns Runs Wkts BB Ave 5wI 10wM SRate Econ
    1345 30 859 30 5-80 28.63 1 0 44.83 3.83

    7 tests 30 wickets , Strike rate 44.83 , Average 28.63.

    I assumed that his stats would show him to be a very expensive bowler , but was surprised to note even his economy rate is not too bad at 3.83.
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    3.83 is really very expensive in test cricket. Even Jeff Thomson only gave up 3.13 per over.

    Anyway, Malinga has obviously had a very good start to his test career, and I think he can be quite a good bowler if he stays fit. The main concern is how he will be handled once people adjust to his unorthodox style a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    3.83 is really very expensive in test cricket. Even Jeff Thomson only gave up 3.13 per over.

    Anyway, Malinga has obviously had a very good start to his test career, and I think he can be quite a good bowler if he stays fit. The main concern is how he will be handled once people adjust to his unorthodox style a bit more.
    Agree that is tad expensive in Tests. But Like Lee he gets carted around but does deliver the goods in terms of wickets !!

    And with regard to how people handle him once they get used to his unorthodox delivery mode we shall await and see, just as we await the deliverance of Shaun Tait in International Cricket !!

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    Tait for me, malinga looks like u could snap him like a twig

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    Way too hard to compare. But having watched both quite a bit, probably Tait. But it`s an unsure thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by King_Ponting
    malinga looks like u could snap him like a twig

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    Obviously Tait hasn't played Test cricket yet while Malinga has and has performed well so far. That said, I think Tait is a better prospect in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    Never seen either bowl, so that effectively negates my opinion. However, didn't Tait set a record for South Australia in an FC season last winter (Oz summer, natch!)? 65 wickets with as strike rate of 35-6 is impressive stuff in anyone's book. Beat Clarrie Grimmett's record, so he's in very good company.

    Against that he was irredeemably ar$e at Durham. Don't think he even took a wicket & had big no-ball probs. So may he prefer the truer Oz pitches to English conditions.
    Then you had people like Marc, Neil and Richard not rating him on the basis of his performances in Durham despite all three having never seen him bowl.
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