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Thread: Who do you currently regard as the 3 greatest Australian cricket players ever and why

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    Who do you regard as the 3 best or greatest Australian cricket players and why ?

    It doesn't matter if anyone mentioned is now retired or even deceased,
    but who do you currently regard as the 3 best (or greatest) Australian
    cricket players ever and please say why, for each player named (for the
    player's playing style, overall career track record, or anything else).
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    I will name three pairs

    Batsmen : Trumper and Bradman
    Pacers : Lindwall and Lillee
    Spinners : Orielly and Grimmett

    If really pushed, I would give the edge to the three in bold

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    I am curious as to why you would pick Grimmett over O'Reilly since Grimmett took a heap of wickets against the relatively weak South African batting lineup of the time.
    Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), H Larwood, SK Warne, T Richardson, SE Bond

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    Bradman - no need to explain I guess
    Miller - For showing the world how test cricket should be played;
    Gilchrist - Ditto


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    Sir Donald Bradman and Shane Warne are the 2 best cricketers. It would be a toss up for 3rd position because several players arguably deserve to be there.

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    It's really tough, but for now I would say:

    Bradman - The greatest batsman ever.
    Warne - The greatest spinner ever.
    Gilchrist - The greatest wicketkeeper-batsman ever.

    For me, these 3 should walk into every all-time Australian XI and, even with Murali for competition, in an all-time International XI. The other two have distant 2nds for their position in an all-time International XI.

    Miller, McGrath, Lillee, Ponting, Chappell, Hayden and a host of others unlucky to miss out. I think Miller is the closest from the next group, but the rest have quite a fair bit of competition in Australia's own history as well as on the International stage.
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    Bradman - greatest ever batsman.
    Millar - one of the world's greatets all-rounder.
    Warne - greatest ever spinner.

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    Bradman never had to face quicks like Sharma and Irfan Pathan. He wouldn't of lasted a ball against those 2, not to mention a spinner like Sehwag.

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    McGain (best spinner)
    Hauritz (best slow bowler)
    T. Chappell (best bowler at the death)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    I am curious as to why you would pick Grimmett over O'Reilly since Grimmett took a heap of wickets against the relatively weak South African batting lineup of the time.
    That requires a long reply. I will come back and do it I promise

    I must stress, however, its a tough choice and my preference for O'Reilly is personal although I will, as promised try to answer your specific query. I must confess, I am slightly biased in favour of conventional spinners (read those who flight the ball and generally bowl at a "spinner's speed") rather than those who bowl close to the speed of medium pacers like O'Reilly and Kumble.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    McGain
    Hauritz
    T. Chappell
    Great choice. I have some difficulty in telling which is which - batsman, bowler, all rounder ?

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    Bradman
    Miller
    Trumper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    I am curious as to why you would pick Grimmett over O'Reilly since Grimmett took a heap of wickets against the relatively weak South African batting lineup of the time.
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    Bradman
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    Bradman - for reasons which require no explanation.

    Warne - even though there have statistically been better bowlers to play for Australia, I think his contribution over a 13 year period combined with his persona and capacity to always lift for the big moments puts him right up there...Not to mention the number of times he came back when everyone had written him off

    I could probably go for any of about 10 guys for the third spot, I pick Lillee for his determination and the way he overcame adversity, and the way that like Warne he saved his best for when it mattered most..He left a wonderful legacy for the likes of McGrath, McDermott & Gillespie to follow.

    Could concievably have gone for McGrath, Miller, Gilchrist, S.Waugh, Border, G.Chappell, Lindwall, Trumper, O'Rielly or a number of others for that third spot, but Lillee just sounds right.

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