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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Hmm, I always remembered Vaughan to be quite good actually. Might just be watching him when I was younger and knew less about cricket though. I think his crocked knees might have something to do with him being a bit immobile towards the end of his career though.
    Never looked uncoordinated or anything, but dropped his fair share of catches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Not sure whether a massive, well-built fast bowler is any more or less likely to have a good arm whether his skin is black or any other colour TBH, but as-a-rule, quality quick bowlers have fine arms. Exceptions are very rare, in fact I can't OTTOMH think of any.
    Shaun Tait doesn't have a very good wing. And my recollection of Walsh (and Ambrose) was that neither of them had the greatest throwing arms, mainly because they threw with such a side-arm motion that they would sometimes be throwing it "underarm".

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    Oh, and this far in and no mention of Tuffers? Disgraceful, you Englishmen.

    Chuck Devon Malcolm in there, too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Chuck Devon Malcolm in there, too?
    Cannon arm, tbf. 'Twas blind as a bat tho, which obv didn't help his catching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Oh, and this far in and no mention of Tuffers? Disgraceful, you Englishmen.

    Chuck Devon Malcolm in there, too?
    The thread title says "bonafide great and a mediocre fielder".
    It would be a gross exaggeration to place either half of that description on either of those two players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Dainty Ironmonger isn't, I suppose, an all time great although his 70 odd test wickets at 17 apiece is a better average than some who are that highly regarded - anyway he was by all accounts the worst fielder ever to appear in Test Cricket - although he still managed to spoil one story with his fielding when he caught Harold Larwood when he was on 98 in the final test of the Bodyline series - which was also the last test either Larwood or Dainty played in
    Made up for any shortcomings in the field through the sheer class of his batting though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    Shaun Tait doesn't have a very good wing.
    Isn't that because of some sort of weakness in his shoulder that's required some surgery already?
    And my recollection of Walsh (and Ambrose) was that neither of them had the greatest throwing arms, mainly because they threw with such a side-arm motion that they would sometimes be throwing it "underarm".
    I have no recollection of either being particularly good throwers either, but I like you was born at around the time they were beginning their careers, so we didn't get to see them at their physical peaks.
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