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    Alan Davidson or Wasim Akram

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    Alan played 44 test matches, scoring 1328 runs at an average of 24.59, and snared 42 catches. He took 186 wickets at an average of 20.53, with best bowling figures of 7-93.

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    In a total of 193 first class games, Alan scored 6804 runs at an average 32.86 with a highest score of 129. He took 672 wickets at an average of 20.90, with best bowling figures of 7-31.


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    Probably pick Wasim Akram myself, on the basis that he played for longer and was the more multi-skilled bowler.

    Had Davidson had a longer career (he became an established Test player at 29 and retired at 33) I reckon he could easily have been better than Wasim, but as it is I probably have to go for Wasim.

    Apart from being left-arm seamers, though, the two have virtually nothing in common.

    Davidson the more accomplished batsman BTW, but obviously their primary role was bowling so thus I rate them exclusive on that.
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    What do you people think of Wasim's mental toughness facing top quality oppositions?

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    Not sure how we're meant to compare two players who played in very different eras, one of whom most of us wouldn't have ever seen play (myself included).

    I've voted for Wasim on the basis that I saw him play many times and he was one of the best I've ever seen.

    Was Davo his equal or even better? I've no idea and I bet few others will have any cogent means of differentiating between them (although I'd be pleased to be proved wrong once again!).


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    easily wasim

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beleg View Post
    What do you people think of Wasim's mental toughness facing top quality oppositions?
    Never considered it aught but pretty impressive myself TBH.

    You?

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    Wasim for a number of reasons, not least of which is his longevity.

    Davo was a great, great bowler though (from his record and what people I respect have said about him).
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    Don't see this contest being anything but Wasim love.

    Davidson and Akram different era...and we've all seen Akram demolish batting lineups, so it's a lot easier to throw a vote over to him.

    /agree with richard on this one.

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    Tougher than people are making it out to be IMO. I'll have a think.
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    Voted Wasim, but seeing how the poll is going now I regret my decision.

    No way should it be 11-0.

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    Wasim Akram is my favorite cricketer of all time. As I've said before, I grew up idolizing the man. But I've voted Davidson here. As Edmunds said, no way does he deserve to be that far behind Wasim.
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    Both were excellent left-armers.

    My elderly next-door neighbour speaks very highly of Alan Davidson, but I never actually saw him in action.

    I can't say anything about Wasim Akram that hasn't already been said.

    Davidson does have a marginally better record, but endured less wear-and-tear, did not play as much and probably bowled on more bowler-friendly pitches. Like Wasim, he could also bowl well in alien conditions (India).

    In his favour though, Davidson did not have the support cast that Wasim had during his time as an established Test bowler. He didn't have an equivalent to Waqar Younis (he had a young Graham McKenzie towards the end, though), for instance. He did have Richie Benaud to support him, although Wasim had both Mushtaq Ahmed and Saqlain Mushtaq in their prime.

    For the sake of parity, I'll vote for Davidson.
    Last edited by DaRick; 17-07-2008 at 10:11 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ed_ View Post
    Voted Wasim, but seeing how the poll is going now I regret my decision.

    No way should it be 11-0.
    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10 View Post
    Wasim Akram is my favorite cricketer of all time. As I've said before, I grew up idolizing the man. But I've voted Davidson here. As Edmunds said, no way does he deserve to be that far behind Wasim.

    I don't understand why people vote for the inferior player just because he's a long way behind in the poll. If a hundred people voted they should all vote for Akram, that doesn't make Davidson any less of a bowler.

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    Record wise, it is very close. However, in comparisons where it's this close and I've actually seen one of the bowlers, I'll almost always go for that bowler. Wasim it is.
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