Rangana Herath has no shout there?
Rangana Herath has no shout there?
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Michael Clarke. I only rate spinners on how many Tests they win against India, therefore MiIchael Clarke uber alles.
In Swann's defence, whilst he was mostly disappointing with the ball in the summer, on the decks that offered him a little (The Oval & 2nd dig at Lords) he conjoured up match-turning spells.
It's nice to see three classic finger-spinners, none of whom possess a throwsra, doing decent jobs for their sides tho. 18 months ago the conventional wisdom seemed to be that all orth(o)dox twirlers needed a wrong 'un to prosper.
The other conventional offie I had high hopes for was Ramesh Powar. Could watch him bowl all day; absolutely beautiful action. Seems to have disappeared off the radar a bit of late tho. Shame, cricket needs its lardos, IMHO.
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I think Swann is more capable of winning Test matches for his side, than Harris or Hauritz, that said he does not necessarily do his best work when people are expecting him to be a big threat on af ourth/fifth day pitch that's offering plenty for him.
Swann erally gives the ball a rip, can extract a fair bit of turn, helped with a nice bit away drift, and does bowl generally an attacking line.
Hauritz is similar in his line and the drift he gets, but probably on the whole is not as threatening, albeit a much improved bowler.
I am surprised by the success Harris has had in recent times, and has become a useful foil to the quicker bowlers. Not a big spinner, in fact spin can at times be one thing he has missing from his armoury! From his round the wicket angle, he is generally bowling at the stumps, pitching on and attempting to straighten, and sides don't have great success when they do attack him. I have been crying out for teams to get after him, but it does not appear quite easy as that, so credit to him for that.
Taking everything into account I would list them as follows, 1. Swann, 2. Hauritz, 3. Harris
Harris is only better than the "utter trash duo" of Peterson, Botha.
As i said Harris has benefited in the last 3 years of being part of a 5-man attack & Smith has used him cleverly. If Kallis stops bowling & Harris has to bowl as part of 4-man attack he will be exposed.
Swan the more threatening of the three but seems to only bowl in two modes; all-out attack or all-out defence. The other two distinctly under-rated. Hauritz at least has some Aussies rating him these days, Harris seems to be universally trashed. They both put up decent, unpretentious stuff, though.
Harris is currently at #7 in the test bowling ranks so he's obviously doing something right.
Swann #11 & Hauritz #43, ftr.
Clearly all bar Adams were better batsmen though, Symcox and Boje especially.
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Would venture to suggest on uncovered wickets Croft - like Emburey - could easily have been fit to rank with the better England fingerspinners. Same might well apply to Swann.
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