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    With 6'2 1/2" Mitch Johnson

    Perhaps I was being generous

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    Was about to express surprise at how old DKL is looking, until I realised that he's turning 60 this year.

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    Bloody hell. Wonder if Lillee has longer-than-average arms, because he certainly delivered from a fair height.
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    Just to demonstrate what I mean about Steyn... there is no disputing that even if he's average height when stood up, he bowls from a very low height:

    This doesn't even show the front leg.


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    For comparison, Hadlee (yes, this is a charity match with him aged, but bowlers don't change their actions)

    This from his heyday:

    Lillee:


    It's not just about height on a "stand up straight Dale" piece of paper, it's about the height they bowl from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    For comparison, Hadlee (yes, this is a charity match with him aged, but bowlers don't change their actions)
    For those who were wondering, this is not how Richard Hadlee's bowling action looked when he was playing competitive cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    For those who were wondering, this is not how Richard Hadlee's bowling action looked when he was playing competitive cricket.

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    Unfortunately, that's the only one I can find with him actually at the crease.

    (BTW, it looked considerably better than that when he was actually playing serious levels of cricket. MUCH better, and that's saying something because even in that photo of him as an aged man, you can still see something of the effortless grace that's in that action)

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    Malcolm Marshall wasn't that tall either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by popepouri View Post
    Malcolm Marshall wasn't that tall either.
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    Anyone thinking of the Monty Python sketch about the tallest man in the room?

    "Oh yeah, well I'm 8'6"!!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Unfortunately, that's the only one I can find with him actually at the crease.

    (BTW, it looked considerably better than that when he was actually playing serious levels of cricket. MUCH better, and that's saying something because even in that photo of him as an aged man, you can still see something of the effortless grace that's in that action)
    "Effortless grace"? He's standing there rolling his arm over! Given his footwearI very much doubt he's even taken a single step by way of run-up.

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    It's odd that he literally appears to have stepped out of the office, yet the batsman in shot is wearing proper cricket gear.

    Either way, do you not feel you can still see something of how he bowled from it? There's clearly no great effort being made there, but he still has the high arm, the perfect wrist and the nice straight back.

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    He's bowling the first ball in a charity match. I imagine that once he'd done this he returned to his office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    It's odd that he literally appears to have stepped out of the office, yet the batsman in shot is wearing proper cricket gear.

    Either way, do you not feel you can still see something of how he bowled from it? There's clearly no great effort being made there, but he still has the high arm, the perfect wrist and the nice straight back.
    If that wasn't Richard Hadlee there's no way you'd look at it and think THAT.

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