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The Australian attack of McGrath, Gillespie, Kasprowicz, Warne made far more notable conquests - in the space of a year - than McGrath, Gillespie, Lee, Warne ever did.i feel this aussie attack can win, and did win, on a variety of surfaces more frequently than marshall, holding, garner and roberts.
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I've heard quite a few people suggest that Croft was very fortunate to get into the "original foursome" (Roberts, Holding, Garner, Croft) ahead of Wayne Daniel.
Jason Gillespie is a bowler I always (until his last six months) had a huge amount of time for. He was desperately unlucky with injuries for the first 4 years of his career, performed with excellence whenever he was available, and when he finally got fit had spells of sustained excellence. But these were punctuated by spells of mediocrity (he went about 10 or 11 Tests in 2001 and 2002 averaging over 40 IIRR).
With Croft, the truth is we just don't know how good he might've been if he'd had a long career. My guess is less-than-outstanding, but it's just that - a guess. Gillespie we know how good he was - very good for the most part. As to who had the best career - Gillespie, no question. As to who'd have been the best all things equal, well... there's no real way of knowing.
I'd have Roberts over Gillespie without much doubt though.
i remember a few quotes going around from australian net sessions in the 90's about how scary dizzy was
any WI attack between '76 and '92 qualifies really, bishop could have been anything
Probably top 5 of all time
Along with Barnes, McGrath, Hadlee, Murali (Warne 6th)
Where to place him exactly is harder.
Marshall the best striker of all time it seems according to this...
I think there'll sooner be another Bradman than another Warne. - Gidgeon Haigh
[Warne is] the greatest bowler ever produced in this entire world - Muttiah Muralidaran
[Warne is] the greatest bowler of all time - Glenn McGrath
In my opinion Shane Warne is the greatest cricketer who's ever lived - Ian Botham
Warne is the greatest cricketer to pick up a ball ever.
And is the greatest bowler I have ever laid eyes on. - Brian Lara
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I played for 20 years in the Lankan team, I did not have any problems as a Tamil - Muralidaran
These are all at the top of my head. A good try at it but failed pretty badly IMO to make such distinctions.
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