Originally Posted by Francis
I dont wish to get into the same arguments again and again.
I rate Lillee below the bowlers i've named because my rating criteria for pacers are : overall performance, performance away from home, performance in the subcontinent, performance against the best of the best and support had.
Lillee comes out of the top 10 for me and despite the 'reputation' he has, i believe this is one instance of image considerably inflating the stock.. just the sheer fact that he was the first Aussie/English bowler since Trueman to be truely worldclass pacer and came on before any other pacer of the 70s/80s were around(with the exception of Roberts) truly adds to his hype.
I've seen Lillee bowl quite a bit from clips and stuff....IMO he was a more consistent version of Akhtar and would be in the top 20 for me...still an alltime great...just like Akhtar would be if he could remain bloody fit.