Originally I was going to ask, does anybody dispute that Bill O'Rielly is the third best spinner ever since I think most people would have Warne and Murali (in any order) as the top two best spinners ever. But there's one or two people here who think O'Rielly is one of the ten best cricketers ever, and arguably the best bowler ever... so my question to you is...
Does anybody here dispute that (in any order) Warne, Murali and O'Rielly are the three best spinners ever?
My answer is no, I can't dispute that. Enough has been said of Warne and Murali, but O'Rielly was incredible as well. The best testimony for O'Rielly is look as when England made that mammoth score (800 or 900 something) and all the bowlers went for 6 runs an over, except O'Rielly, who just couldn't be put away for more than three an over.
I think his closest competition is Grimmett, who is a legend in his own right (invented the flipper), and once bamboozled Don Bradman in one match. Jim Laker is another who deserves close attention, but I just don't quite see a case for him. If I was ranking the third, fourth and fifth best spinners ever I'd go...