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  • Curtly Ambrose (West Indies)?

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  • Glenn Mcgrath?

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Thread: Ambrose Vs Mcgrath?

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    Icon14 Ambrose Vs Mcgrath?

    Who do u think is best among the two?
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    Interesting question. I place Glenn McGrath marginally ahead as a bowler and as a fielder, for he had to bowl in subcontinental conditions much more regularly than Curtly Ambrose (who didn't do so very often). I would also venture to say that Ambrose played on helpful decks more often, as a result - correct me if I'm wrong. That being said, Curtly's record against Australia is seriously impressive. Hmm...McGrath by a whisker despite Ambrose's marginally better record.

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    2 of my favourite bowlers, extremely hard choice. I ended up tossing a coin and going for McGrath.

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    I voted Curtly Ambrose. It came down to two things:
    a) I would rather watch Curtly, and b) I would rather not face Curtly.


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    McGrath. Bowled more in an era of unhelpful pitches, frequently got the better of some of the best batsmen the world has seen and his remarkabl and had remarkable consistency against all teams. I believe his highest average against an International team is 27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sideshowtim View Post
    McGrath. Bowled more in an era of unhelpful pitches
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    So you admit it?
    Yep. Doesn't look too good on Tendulkar that he only averages 46 against Test quality nations in such an era, but that belongs in another thread...

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    Ambrose easily! Statistics and other cricketing factors are not the only things one should look at! As a viewer, Ambrose running into bowl, is a sight I would prefer to see over Mc Grath running in to bowl!

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    Curtly made lankiness cool. Love the bloke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Black_Warrior View Post
    Ambrose easily! Statistics and other cricketing factors are not the only things one should look at! As a viewer, Ambrose running into bowl, is a sight I would prefer to see over Mc Grath running in to bowl!
    Shahid Afridi smashing sixes is a sight I love to see more than Rahul Dravid grafting out a ton, but it means absolutely nothing in terms of assessing who is a better batsman.

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    YEah but this is certainly not a case of Afridi vs Dravid. Even statistically its not like Mcgrath totally trumps Ambrose. Curtly does have a better average and econ. In the end i chose Mcgrath by a whisker for his remarkable consistency against all teams in a batsmen friendly era. However on another day i could have easily chosen Ambrose
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    McGrath.

    Similar pace, more accurate.

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    I seem to remember you making a similarly clueless comment in the not-so-un-recent Ambrose-vs-McGrath thread.

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    A close one. McGrath was more methodical, Amby the more malevolent. Both were exceptional leaders. In such close calls, again, I retreat towards some of my self-subjective, tie-breaking criteria, such as who stood out more by virtue of having the ‘explosive‘ factor, the ‘more difficult to emulate‘ factor, the one more likely to get a Bradman out and the one to counter a Larwood.

    Amby does this for me.

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    Both of them were similar in pace and had similar accuracy levels to go with it, but the way these two went about their things was completely different, Ambrose was more of your in your face fast-bowler who used his height to good advantage, by troubling the batsmen with rising deliveries, he was more of an intimidating type of fast-bowler, but McGrath was the kind of bowler who had freakish accuracy with which he used to crack down the batman and play with his patience, both are great fast bowlers in my book, but i would rate McGrath slightly ahead of Ambrose just because McGrath was "almost" still as effective as ever in the twilight of his career as he was at his peak and add to that he was not bowling on the most responsive bowling tracks, just makes his feat even more astonishing.

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