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Thread: Was Glenn Mcgrath ALWAYS a medium pacer, or did he bowl quick sometimes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyBall View Post
    Saw some footage of 1996 World Cup. Mcgrath had some BITE in his bowling, good pace and nippy. Post 2000, his bowling has been very accurate but BORING.

    Secondly, how fast was Mcgrath in early to mid 1990's?


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    Christ if he was boring there is no hope for anyone.

    Never express in the Lee mould but in his younger days he was more quick enough, just adapted his game to what worked best, can't blame him for that. Still had a slippery bouncer at times when he needed it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyBall View Post
    Saw some footage of 1996 World Cup. Mcgrath had some BITE in his bowling, good pace and nippy. Post 2000, his bowling has been very accurate but BORING.

    Secondly, how fast was Mcgrath in early to mid 1990's?
    Obviously didn't chuck it so much post 2000
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    And of course McGrath got bounce. If you're tall enough to get bounce such that a length which a batsman would otherwise press forward to becomes uncertain, and you're accurate, batting becomes very difficult even for test quality players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    Obviously didn't chuck it so much post 2000

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    The fact that McGrath bowled at modest pace also helped his longevity.

    When KP got hit in the ribs he'd charged him and was at shaking hands distance which didn't help him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briony View Post
    The fact that McGrath bowled at modest pace also helped his longevity.

    When KP got hit in the ribs he'd charged him and was at shaking hands distance which didn't help him.
    So he was like Shaun Pollock, only taller and a fair bit better?

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    Glenn McGrath was a poor man's Gavin Larsen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Briony View Post
    The fact that McGrath bowled at modest pace also helped his longevity.

    When KP got hit in the ribs he'd charged him and was at shaking hands distance which didn't help him.
    What didn't help him was McGrath saw him coming and dug it in.

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    In my recollection over the last 3-4 years of his career McGrath bowled some spells entirely in the 120s but sometimes bowled spells in the mid-high 130s as well- I believe it was simply a matter of him choosing what he felt was more effective. I definitely remember when he came to New Zealand in 04/05 he bowled quite sharply at times, and fair enough too because NZ batsman are not known for liking it fast and bouncy. I also recall spells in Australia (possibly when he took a bunch against Pakistan that same summer?) where he bowled full, swung it, and appeared to be operating in slow motion but was still super effective.

    With his run-up, action and general level of athleticism he was never going to be express though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HeavyBall View Post
    Saw some footage of 1996 World Cup. Mcgrath had some BITE in his bowling, good pace and nippy. Post 2000, his bowling has been very accurate but BORING.

    Secondly, how fast was Mcgrath in early to mid 1990's?
    You for real?

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    TBH there's nothing really wrong with having the opinion that McGrath was "boring". Because alot of the time he chose to be that type of bowler. And I'm a big cricket fan as well and can see why some do find his style "boring".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    TBH there's nothing really wrong with having the opinion that McGrath was "boring". Because alot of the time he chose to be that type of bowler. And I'm a big cricket fan as well and can see why some do find his style "boring".
    He was boring if you consider a bowler getting people out a lot boring. He chose to be the type of bowler who was very, very effective. It's not his fault there are a number of people out there who don't have the ability to identify that and give it the recognition it deserves.

    If you find watching a bloke who consistently pitches it in the right areas and nips it around (meaning there's nearly always a chance of something happening) boring then there's probably not much hope for you.

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