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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Bruce Reid, such a talented bowler and such a shame to see him cut-down by an incredible string of injuries.
    Absolutely. One of the saddest stories around. What made it worse was that there were others around the time or just after - McDermott, Hughes, Reiffel, Fleming, Gillespie for a time - who also fell victim, if not quite as badly as Reid, to the injury curse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Nannes is definitely quicker than Denton.
    Post injuries yes, but pre injury I say Denton was faster. I doubt he will reach those speeds anymore, but even at the start of last season I reckon he was bowling faster then Nannes now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    Post injuries yes, but pre injury I say Denton was faster. I doubt he will reach those speeds anymore, but even at the start of last season I reckon he was bowling faster then Nannes now.
    Everyone in Victorian cricket disagrees, but whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Everyone in Victorian cricket disagrees, but whatever.
    What would you guys know anyway?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Has to be Johnson. Just looking at this footage of Bruce Reid;

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    Could try this link

    Reid was one of the best quicks Ive seen. He certainly wasnt the fastest but he was a nightmare to face.

    Left arm, swinging it both ways (the inswinger being particularly nasty) with great height that made him difficult to get forward to.

    Fantastic bowler
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    Tony Lock's faster deliveries?

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    I agree with quickness of Schultz.

    As I heard once, you either get bowled or let him break your toe. So sad, he fell apart.

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    Alan Davidson's only been mentioned in passing, but how quick was he reckoned to be?

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    I'm looking to when Wayne Parnell comes through the ranks. He looks like a talented youngster.

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    As we're talking about Bodyline in another thread just now, what about Bill Voce? Supposedly not quite so rapid as Larwood, but quick enough to give the batsmen a hurry-up still.

    & I'm sure I read somewhere that his 98 wickets is the highest return still for an English seam-up bowler. I'd fancy Sidebottom to go past it if he stays fit tho.
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    I think Voce is generally assumed to be of "Darren Gough" sort of speed - low 90s tops, mid-late-80s on standard. Whereas Larwood was of more "Allan Donald" sort of speed, the speed we can assume Donald bowled in the mid-1990s at 27-28 - 95-96-97mph tops, regularly over 90. Larwood could conceivably have been the first bowler to regularly bowl over 90mph. On the other hand, Charles Kortwright could have been.

    As for Davidson - think he's generally held to be standard Andy Caddick \ Dominic Cork sort of speed? Low 80s normally, 86-87 for the real effort-balls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Absolutely. One of the saddest stories around. What made it worse was that there were others around the time or just after - McDermott, Hughes, Reiffel, Fleming, Gillespie for a time - who also fell victim, if not quite as badly as Reid, to the injury curse.

    Nothing I hate more than a potentially superb career ruined by injury. Who knows how good any of the above might possibly have been had they had completely injury-free times of it.
    Interestingly, I heard Ian Healy on the radio the other day say that the consistently fastest bowler he kpet to was Merv Hughes, though one or two spells fom Gillespie in the 97 Ashes series were faster than Merv.

    Maybe Merv was under-rated on the pace front - I've never really heard him described as real quick - thought he was more fast-medium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Interestingly, I heard Ian Healy on the radio the other day say that the consistently fastest bowler he kpet to was Merv Hughes, though one or two spells fom Gillespie in the 97 Ashes series were faster than Merv.

    Maybe Merv was under-rated on the pace front - I've never really heard him described as real quick - thought he was more fast-medium.
    Early days he was rated as quick as anyone in Australia. From about 1992 onwards, when his knee troubles really started to bite, he was around fast-medium. I don't recall too many out-and-out speedsters of the time, though. Certainly none in the Aussie side. Dennis Hickey, Wayne Holdsworth and Dunc Spencer come to mind but none played internationals.

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    Brett Schultz of those I have seen.

    Saw him bowl live in SL in 1994 (I think) and he was simply fearsome to behold. Scarily fast.

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