Toughy. I went for Marshall and McGrath. Akram would be better with the old ball.
why cant we take in imran and marshall for now. select war/murali as the spinner. choose lillee/hadlee for the fourth bowler. and then bring in beefy as the all-rounder?
an attack of, say, imran, marshall, hadlee, warne and botham looks menacing enough to me. also this is one hell of a batting line up too. in this scenario marshall and warne would bat at 10 and 11 - and both of them are handy bats. no 9 (hadlee) has scored 2 centuries. and no 8 (imran) has 6. no. 7 (gilly) has 17. no 6 (beefy) has 14. and they all were attacking stroke makers.
interesting possibility, me thinks
love it how Lillee is being chosen over Hadlee,despite his average being some 8 points higher.
Oh, I forgot: Lillee is Australian and it would be unheard of for a New Zealand bowler to be considered better than him.
I always thought that if roles were reversed and Lillee was a New Zealander, and Hadlee and Australian, and they ended up with the same career stats, people would consider Hadlee to be much better. Think about it.
Greatest Ever Test XI: JB Hobbs, L Hutton, DG Bradman (c), IVA Richards, BC Lara, GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan, RJ Hadlee, MD Marshall, SK Warne 12th man: M Muralitharan
Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood
Going Ambrose and Marshall, Wasim for the old ball and Imran will be my AR.
national bias doesnt have much to do with lillee's popularity. even hadlee used to imagine lillee's bowling action at the top of his run up to inspire himself. their strike rates are similar. they both took 5 wickets/ test on average. the difference in their overall bowling average is about 1 run. and it is attributed to hadlee's marginally better economy rate. lillee being faster than hadlee was also a little more expensive. lillee was an out and out fast bowler. he was a lee/akhthar/waqar bowling with the accuracy of an ambrose/mcgrath/pollock. i am not surprised he is respected and loved so much around the world.
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Originally Posted by Adolf Grünbaum
going for marshall and hadlee. the best of the 80s. never failed in any country. or in any phase of their careers.
I voted Marshall and McGrath.
McGrath probably the greatest line and length bowler of all time and is vastly underrated by many I think.
Marshall probably the most dangerous bowler in the most dangerous pace bowling lineup ever.
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