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    Who's bowling action do you like or hate?


    Brett Lee - Probably one of the best actions ever, so fluent and smooth.

    Stuart Clark - Very stiff but it adds to his stereotype of being a metronome machine type that bowls perfect line and length all day.

    Dale Steyn - Seems smooth

    Matthew Hoggard - Sprints into the crease and the ball comes out at 125 km/h, still nice action though


    Stuart Broad - His left arm goes wonky and points to bloody gully all the time, looks really weird.

    Steve Harmison - Sue your coach, Stephen.

    RP Singh - Looks like hes falling over when he bowls

    Jacob Oram - Looks so unnatural

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    From the past, I'd have Hadlee and Lillee as "pure" actions, but that doesn't mean guys with unusual actions aren't good to watch. I also enjoyed watching Thommo, Imran and Colin Croft, none of whose actions you wouldn't say are classically smooth styles like Lillee's or Hadlee's..
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    Nice thread. Completely agree re: Stuart Broad. His action is a dead `un for when I used to bowl pace.

    Love Steyn's, Heal's and Bracks's's's's'. Powar is definately a throwback. Warney had a gun action.

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    Always really liked Gus Fraser's action myself. Being of the old school he didn't hold too much with these new-fangled ideas like slower balls, running the full gamut of speeds from 77mph all the way to 79 mph, but he had one of those perfectly-grooved, easily repeatable seamers' actions.

    Actions I dislike...? Hmm, well one name does spring immediately to mind. Not to question its legality, as that seems to have been established, but Murali's action still looks utterly rank to me. Sorry.
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    Harbhajan Singh, really cluttered and just looks funny.
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    No-one beats McGraths lovely metronome action

    I cannot stand Andre Nel's action, what with his back foot ?

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    Loved Damien Flemings, I got a sore back just from watching Malinga when he first played test cricket.

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    Generally like fluid, poetry-in-motion actions, generally dislike forced looking actions. As pointed-out by Mr Burge, though, some actions are so far beyond the conventional that they've a novelty value. Not so much Laaasith Maaalinga, but Fidel Edwards much so.
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    Like : Lillee, Holding, Hadlee, Imran

    Dislike : Procter, BWillis, Harmison, Flintoff, Nel, Shoaib

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    And someone fix the thread title FFS.

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    Like:Imran Khan,Richard Hadlee,Wasim Akram,Allan Donald,Curtley Ambrose,Andy Caddick,Waqar Younis,Brett Lee,Saqlain Mushtaq,Muttiah Muralitharan,Darren Gough,Mohammad Asif.

    Dislike:Mohammad Sami,Abdur Razzaq,,Mohammad Akram,Ata-ur-Rehman,Danish Kaneria,Steve Harmison,Jason Gillespie,Chaminda Vaas,Mitchell Johnson,Andrew Flintoff.
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    like: Brett Lee, Sreesanth, Malinga (hey, it looks like fun)
    hate: Sohail Tanvir, Muralitharan,

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    Hate Andre nel's action, as well as the Woercstershire (sp?) bowler, Michael Mason's action. Both look so unnatural and jerky.
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    Fast bowlers - Hadlee, Damien Fleming (copy book style). Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh (chest on action, but masters of it)

    Swing bowlers - Aaqib Javed, Vaas, Dominic Cork and Wasim Akram

    Off spinners and slow left armers - BS Bedi, Aravnda de Silva, Saqlain Mushtaq

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