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    Who would you prefer to face as a batsman ? ?

    So Who is the bowler that you think you are best equipped, as a batsman, to handle ?

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    I personally fancy my chances against Phil Jaques. Any better than that, and I'm in trouble.

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    McGrath, but only because he's the slowest of the available options

    Actually, by 'handle' do you mean physically survive against, or the easiest to lay bat on?
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    I went McGrath, but my middle pole would be flying out of the ground before I laid bat on it or be out caught whilst stepping away and trying to play some agricultral hiok back over the bowlers head.
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    I would rather face McGrath because I think his bowling won't cause me bodily harm. Unfortunately, would probably get me out the most.

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    Went McGrath but only cause I think he would bowl outside the line of off and I could just leave it for a while. If he started bowling at the stumps I'd only be able to block and then I'd just be getting edges.

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    I'd have no chance against any of them, but of the choices, McGrath is the least intimidating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dasa View Post
    I'd have no chance against any of them, but of the choices, McGrath is the least intimidating.
    I think I can score 500 against McGrath but will only be able to get 499 against the other blokes.....

    Seriously, the others are more intimidating to face than him, so voted for him. Will still be out first ball, regardless...
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    lockie ferguson should get a side gig with brazzers

    Reason: I'll be gone first ball and it'll be all over and done with.
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    McGrath, I'd probably leave every ball that he bowls outside off stump. My final score would be about 0 off 20 odd balls before he finally decides to bowl a yorker and ofcourse knock the stumps over.
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    Quote Originally Posted by masterblaster View Post
    McGrath, I'd probably leave every ball that he bowls outside off stump. My final score would be about 0 off 20 odd balls before he finally decides to bowl a yorker and ofcourse knock the stumps over.
    Was thinking along similar lines. The other four would scare me, but I think McGrath would get to me more in a mental sense.
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    McGrath, for the same reason as the one for Warne. I'd like to get in a couple of good hits, if only to pi$$ him off. Defending is useless.

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    Again presuming in a "if you were a top-class batsman and were looking to score" rather than "if you were you and didn't want to be humiliated\hurt\both" capacity...

    Would go, in order of "would least dislike to face"... McGrath, Ambrose, Wasim, Donald. Waqar would vary - the Waqar of 1994/95 onwards would come after the lot; the Waqar of 1990-1994 would come before any of 'em.

    Wasim is a bowler who, despite probably not being quite as good as McGrath or Ambrose, was always a bowler you felt had a better chance of getting you out in a way you had less power to resist. He was phenomenally consistent, but perhaps not as consistent as McGrath or Ambrose and while being buried alive while sweat dripped off your forehead (which I'd imagine was the sort of sensation facing them conjured) isn't exactly enormously preferable to being knocked-over before you'd even got a clue (which often happened with Wasim, due to his speed, the lateness of his swing, and the difficulty that picking him up often presented), I'd imagine it is just slightly so.

    Donald, as most people know, I rate the finest bowler of the 1990s and any batsman choosing to face him over anyone is mad.
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    picked McGrath, the least painful lol

    but he'd probably take 1 ball to get me out anyway...

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    McGrath, because getting out first ball is infinitely preferable to losing one's.....well, actually the first body part that springs to mind is one's balls. I was gonna say head, but no, I'd definitely prefer to take a 90mph delivery to the skull than to the gonads.

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