Now for the sequel to the batsmen thread. Please post your top 10 test bowlers of all-time.
Once again, please try to focus on an all-time list, not just players you have seen (those lists won't be counted).
This is tough, but I'll give it a go anyway to kick things off:
1. Muralitharan - his record speaks for itself. Okay, he has not done well in Australia, but he has proven to be perhaps the most dangerous bowler of all time when conditions suit him. Soon he will hold all the important bowler's records.
2. Marshall - the complete fast bowler. The fact that he stood out as clearly the best in the fearsome Windies pace attack of the early 80s just speaks volumes for him.
3. Warne - reintroduced match-winning spin bowling into test cricket. And is the current wicket record-holder. Should be enough to put him in many people's top 3.
4. Barnes - must have been a phenomenal bowler. A legend. You have to have him up there when making all-time lists.
5. McGrath - the metronome. Forever the shining example that you don't need to have searing pace to take an absolute mountain of wickets. Very high percentage of top-order victims is also a huge plus point.
6. Hadlee - carried the New Zealand for more than a decade. And hit his peak around the age of 35. An inspiration and perhaps the most driven man out of all these bowlers.
7. Imran Khan - for his peak bowling in the early 80s. And had the best bowling average of all the great bowlers of the 1980s. Pity he didn't play more matches as a bowler.
8. Wasim Akram - now it's getting difficult. Anyone out of perhaps 10 bowlers could make the final three. But Wasim produced some of the best wicket taking balls ever and was great to watch. Such a quick arm action, it was unbelievable.
9. Lillee - just beats Ambrose for the final fast bowler's spot. Because he inspired many fast bowlers after him. And still does. And always gave 100% whereas perhaps Ambrose went missing on occasions.
10. O'Reilly - fantastic spin bowler. Very economical. And did very well against England, the best opposition available in his day.
Okay, that's me. Looking forward to seeing your lists. You don't have to explain your choices if you don't want to. I just felt like it cause I'm waiting for the bloody washing to finish