That Kortright was faster than just about anyone seems near-univerally acknowledged, and he could clearly bowl as well - he wasn't just fast and nothing else. Which in itself begs the question - even with competition of the immortal stature of Richardson and Lockwood, how did the man not get given a single Test?
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Whilst obviously a posed photograph and whilst he was not as quick as Kortright, I find this photo interesting.
His grip is clearly of a fast off-spin/cutter.
If that is the grip used in games then I dont think the pace could be comparable of those quicks from after the 'golden-age'
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Okay, here is a treat. Action pictures of Richardson. He is slightly older and a bit rotund I am afraid. :-)
Tom Richardson - Delivery Stride
Tom Richardson - Follow Through
Someone mentioned Cotter. Here is another treat. Action pictures of one of the bowlers mentioned in every short list of the fastest bowlers.
Albert (Tibby) Cotter - Action 1
Albert (Tibby) Cotter - Action 2
Albert (Tibby) Cotter - Action 3
Albert (Tibby) Cotter - Action 4
When I first saw these pictures, my day was made. I hope you enjoy them too.
And yet all accounts of his bowling, particularly during his prime, tend to talk of his great speed. While contemporary writings could be written off by the fact that no one else bowled any faster, he was still being put forward as a model of both skill and pace for years after his retirement - you would think if his pace had been noticeably down on those that followed then this would have been noted.
Perhaps judgements of Richardson are clouded a little by nostalgia - he certainly does remain one of the most romantic of all fast bowlers. Cardus likened his bowling to "a great wave of the sea about to break" and chose him as one of the Six Giants of Wisden's first 100 years. Bill Lockwood, when comparing himself to Richardson, once said "I wasn't in the same street" and the stories of his marathon spells and quotes such as, when asked about the increase in the number of balls in an over from five to six, he replied "Give me ten!" have surely only enhanced his mystique to the point of making it exceedingly difficult to separate the fact from the fiction. Perhaps, though, that's just all part of the appeal.
The Cotter photos are fascinating.
It is an action that is built for pace that only a rare athlete could manage.
Im just leaving work, Ill try and write more later as I think they are great pics.
Thanks for the photos guys - magnificent.
Where are the photos of Cotter taken by the way? It look like the same place where the photos taken of Barnes were taken.
The nursery at Lords
Great pics, SJS.
Especially love the Cotter pics. I would be trembling in my boots if I were a batsman and saw that unfurling at the other end.
Ive written and coach a lot about aspect of fast bowling that are comparable to bending a ruler back as far a possible and then letting it go.
Ive seldom (if ever) seen a bowler that has the amount of flex and elasticity that Cotter displays in the photos.
The 'ruler' is being bent back to almost breaking point and possesses a great deal of explosion.
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