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    Mills up to #1 on the ODI top bowlers ranking

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    #1 Mills
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    Best ODI bowling attack in the world.

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    If not best certainly right at the top.

    The batting however....

    Australia, SA, Ind are all easily superior.
    SL, Pak, Eng and perhaps even WI have an argument at having better batsman.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DingDong View Post
    Best ODI bowling attack in the world.
    Aamir,Asif,Gul,Ajmal & Afridi

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    Mills keeping it warm for Bond, tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HMas View Post
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    It would certainly be the first attack in the phone book.
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    Really great bowling throughout the CT from Mills. Pleasing after the disastrous home series against India when he looked short of fitness and form. If it weren't for Bond's return I'd even consider bringing him back into the test side for Pakistan, especially given that the early season conditions are likely to play right into his hands.
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    Mills is a total gun and I have nfi why he hasn't been a fixture in the test side for the last 3-4 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thierry henry View Post
    Mills is a total gun and I have nfi why he hasn't been a fixture in the test side for the last 3-4 years.
    I'd perfer Mills over Martin tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howsie View Post
    I'd perfer Mills over Martin tbh.
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    Martin's an interesting one. You can't drop him because you have no idea what the replacement will do and Martin is pretty consistent and always looks threatening, but he never gets the figures he deserves for how well he bowls, which suggests to me that perhaps we look on him with shining eyes a bit.

    Martin is an excellent guy to have charge in all day and look lethal without being a liability in the runs column (aka Jimmy Franklin), but he doesn't rip the balls off teams like he used to. He's a much better bowler outside NZ and SA than he was a few years ago (soooo dire outside those nations back then) but he's not the lethal bowler he was in his comfort zones either.

    Wierd.

    Mills on the other hand, is an awesome ODI bowler and highly underrated by cricketing media and public. He's a medium fast bowler from New Zealand, therefore he fits our workmanlike hard trier bull**** stereotype that we seem to be labelled with. Reality is he is a dangerous ODI strikebowler that can swing the ball epically.

    However in tests once the ball stops swinging he's in trouble. He's not overly quick and he gets punished if he errs slightly. His 4/16 against England was a good example of how he can win matches, but like Shane O'Connor, with the very good will come the very bad from the limitations of what Mills is.
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    At least Mills will look to attack when he has the new ball in hand, Martin frustrates me when he bowls far too wide with the new ball.

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    I question Mills' fitness to come back for a third or fourth spell on a long day.

    Anyway, one thing I was always interested in is looking at Mills' ODI stats when comparing his S/R and E/R in his first spell, versus his second/third spells.

    I think there would be a massive difference. He is one of the best bowlers in the world at that first 6/7 over spell. In fact, he could be the best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    I question Mills' fitness to come back for a third or fourth spell on a long day.
    Yeah, this is the key issue I think. He's quite injury prone - he's always carrying a niggle or two even if it's not reported - so his ability to come back and bowl at a decent pace after his first spell is quite limited. Combine this with the fact that he's quite a new-ball reliant bowler anyway, and the fact that he's very much a confidence bowler, and you get some absolute trash when he bowls with the old ball.

    I quite like Mills and I've often called for him to be given more of a run in Tests but I think it's really getting to a stage where he's not physically up to it.
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