Barnes = Chris Harris?
We read up on history to learn how things were, to learn of the greats of that time, to learn of another time period when things were different. NOT because I can compare a Barnes to a Marshall to a McGrath... No sir, I hate comparisons unless it is between contemporaries and that's that, for me.
Marshall is quite obviously amongst the greatest bowlers ever and so is Barnes. I haven't seen either of them live and I am not going to compare. It really doesn't matter to me if X averaged 0.25 lesser than Y when Z was playing in A or whatever.
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for the record archie, i am curious to know your choice between marshall and lillee. from the tone of your messages in this thread (and from the references your older posts) i'm assuming you would choose lillee. we both have seen them play in their pomp. i prefer marshall and i think i have explained why (simply put, man for all seasons) tell me why you would choose lillee, or marshall, over the other. just want to know your call, thats all.
Marshall for me is one of the two greatest pacemen of all time (the other being Glenn McGrath). The main reason that both were great wherever they went against everyone and Mcgrath in particular was outstanding against the very best batsmen and batting lineups of his generation.
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Also Lillee had a much better leg cutter, where MM seemed to rely more on swing, which he could do both ways, although so could Lillee.
Marshall had a much better yorker, and both had a lethal bouncer, but I just can't see how there could ever have been a better fast bowler then Lillee, and everyone who faced them both or watched them from the commentary box or from the umpires position, rated LIllee the better, which just clinches it for me, but I would be happy to take either one in an all time line up
coming to think of it, if lillee and marshall are bowling in tandum i would like to see richards and gavaskar take them on. would be a riveting battle.
I think he was a great fast bowler, one of the best. I chose option 2 but I'm not sure why...I'd probably put McGrath ahead of him (not on pace obviously) although I'd prefer to watch Malcolm bowl.
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yeah but shorter bowlers bowl those skidding bouncers that are hard to get out of the way of and get on you quickly
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