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    Pathetic Bowling actions

    Just curious to see what people thought on some cricketers bowling actions. Probobly been a thread about this but we will see....

    Couple examples are Andre Nel and Sulieman Benn, but i am sure there are a hell of a lot more, going back a while, Colin Croft had quite a strange bowling method. Anyway, who has got pathetic bowling actions and who has got the worst????

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    watching world series cricket archives, Lance Cairns had an interesting one.
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    Max 'Tangles' Walker was the one
    You know it makes sense.

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    Neil Hawke's is one of the worst I've ever seen. Especially given he usually bowled alongside Garth McKenzie and Alan Connolly, both of whom were really fairly excellent. Think there might've been a chap called Corling somewhere around that time too.

    Ruchira Perera's is poor as well, even when he wasn't throwing. Maybe, in fact, the poorness of his action is why he had the problem with throwing in that one game.

    Seem to remember I always hated Martin McCague's as a youngster, though I don't really remember it now and might be mixing it up with someone else. I certainly know I always hated watching the filth McCague served-up every time he played for England.

    Someone once said to me they hated John Emburey's, because it looked like he "wasn't trying".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Someone once said to me they hated John Emburey's, because it looked like he "wasn't trying".
    For an orthodox (aka unthreathening) offspinner, Emburey had a lovely action - side-on, high arm, economical, rhythmical, and an arm so straight that it would have made Murali blush.

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    Maybe thats why he was so unthreatening?

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    The worst bowling action in living memory is Paul Adams, beyond that it would have to be Lady Hamilton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    For an orthodox (aka unthreathening) offspinner, Emburey had a lovely action - side-on, high arm, economical, rhythmical, and an arm so straight that it would have made Murali blush.
    Yeah his action was pretty classical in the build-up - it's just he never really seemed to make any effort to spin the ball to the maximum extent a fingerspinner can.

    Clearly he did spin it, else he'd never have had any success. But it always looked (it might well have been a mistaken impression) like he could've tried to spin it quite a bit more.

    I've actually never seen Phillipe-Henri Edmunds bowl and often wondered how the two went in comparison.

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    Bob Willis had a pretty ungainly action


    I've often wondered if embers bowling action may have been affected by his notorious physical attribute

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    Colin Croft. Pretty damn effective though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Bob Willis had a pretty ungainly action
    I quite liked ol' Bob's myself. Vaguely Donald-esque in the power, if not the class.

    Perhaps that's coloured by the fact that the only real extended footage I've ever seen of him is his greatest performance (Headingley '81), though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Colin Croft. Pretty damn effective though.
    Often wondered how effective it might've been had he had a longer career though. As it was, he denied himself the opportunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    I quite liked ol' Bob's myself. Vaguely Donald-esque in the power, if not the class.

    Perhaps that's coloured by the fact that the only real extended footage I've ever seen of him is his greatest performance (Headingley '81), though.
    It's the look on his face that day that was so incredible - all that bitterness and resentment - you could see it with every grimace - I do hope with the passage of time that he has grown to get some pleasure from his performance that day

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