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  • Malcolm Marshall

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  • Glenn McGrath

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  • Curtly Ambrose

    6 9.38%
  • Richard Hadlee

    8 12.50%
  • Fred Trueman

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  • Dennis Lillee

    4 6.25%
  • Sydney Barnes

    1 1.56%
  • Imran Khan

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  • Allan Donald

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  • Wasim Akram

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  • Michael Holding

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Thread: Greatest Ever Fast Bowler?

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    Greatest Ever Fast Bowler?

    Well we've done similar things in the past, first with the Battle of the Pace Bowlers then with adharcric's Ranking the Bowlers Thread, but some might say both of these methods might have their flaws in determining point blank who is the greatest fast bowler of all time. For example only 12 people voted in adharcric's thread on the number 1 bowler.

    So I've decided to put up a simple poll to determine who CW thinks is the greatest fast bowler using as many fast bowlers as possible from adharcric's list.

    Personally I found it extremely difficult to choose between Glenn McGrath and Richard Hadlee. In the end I barely went with McGrath because he has played in a period that has been so difficult for bowlers.
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    Malcolm Marshall, Glenn McGrath and Richard Hadlee would be my top 3 fast bowlers of all time. I voted for Hadlee being #1, mainly because I'm a Kiwi. Those three I mentioned are all so close, although I'm sure posters like archie mac who are a bit more familiar with the game all those years ago will contest that Barnes and Trueman are better.
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    Malcolm Marshall. 376 wickets at an average just under 21 is damn good. However, it is the strike rate, 46.7, which makes him absolutely lethal, when you consider that he played in an era when test cricket was renowned for draws and slow batting.

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    I rate Marshall just ahead of Hadlee and McGrath. His average, strike rate and consistency are marginally better then the other bowlers on that list in the past 50 years.
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    Probably Marshall or Hadlee tbh, but of all the bowlers I've seen, fast or otherwise, I'd put McGrath at the top, so he gets my vote.
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    Marshall. They all could be the greatest - ultimately anything beyond a straight statistical comparison is a subjective judgement. That said, in this elite company its the few flaws, relative weaknesses etc that what makes the difference, and Marshall stands out in not really having any marked weaknesses or failures. Its the commonly used description, but its apt - he was the complete fast bowler. Died tragically young.
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    For me its Glen McGrath because like most of the other fast-bowlers he didn't had the pace or the physical attributes to intimidate his opponents, but he still inflicted fear in the hearts of batsmen world over with his unmatchable line and length, accuracy and consistency (though the same can be said about Hadlee).



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    All the fast-bowlers on that poll are all-time greats but still they didn't had the best ends to their careers.


    But Pidge is still picking wickets for Australia and he is retiring on his own terms, i just wish from the bottom of my heart that Pidge ends up as the highest wicket-taker in this WC and also as the part of the WC winning side for the 3rd time in a row.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Malcolm Marshall, Glenn McGrath and Richard Hadlee would be my top 3 fast bowlers of all time. I voted for Hadlee being #1, mainly because I'm a Kiwi. Those three I mentioned are all so close, although I'm sure posters like archie mac who are a bit more familiar with the game all those years ago will contest that Barnes and Trueman are better.
    Yes it can be tough with so many great bowlers, I decided against Barnes because I don't think he was considered a fast bowler. Reading about Trueman he must have been something special but I will just go for Lillee
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ash_A55 View Post
    No Walsh?
    There are lots of players who could have been listed

    Richardson
    McDonald
    Lindwall
    Gregory
    Miller
    Tyson
    Larwood
    Garner
    Roberts
    Thomson
    Statham
    Younis

    Just to name a few

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    I'd go with anyone of Marshall, Barnes or McGrath, I chose because he had more pace than the others, but it could just have easily been McGrath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    No D.Underwood?
    Underwood wasn't a fast bowler.
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    No D.Underwood?

    EDIT: Though he was a combination of a spinner and a seamer.

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