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All Time Test XI:
Openers: S.Gavaskar V.Sehwag Middle Order: V.Richards S.Tendulkar B.Lara All Rounders: G.Sobers I Khan (C) WK: A.Gilchrist Bowlers: W.Akram M.Marshall M.Muralitharan
All Time ODI XI:
WK: A.Gilchrist S.Tendulkar V.Richards R. Ponting M. Dhoni M. Bevan Allrounder: K.Dev Bowlers: W.Akram J. Garner M.Muralitharan G. McGrath
I honestly see nothing in either to support your point.Originally Posted by uvelocity
EDIT: Heh, bit of editing madness there by me
Last edited by wellAlbidarned; 08-02-2012 at 11:07 PM.
I don't have a problem using angular velocity as a rule. As long as it's consistent, and it's scientifically verifiable, it's fine with me.
Last edited by silentstriker; 08-02-2012 at 11:12 PM.
I would test many more bowlers though, because as the article said, many bowlers do look like they are bowling fine while having a very high angular velocity (as much as or more than those with suspect actions).
Because if you look at current rule, very few people whose bowling looks 'natural' end up straightening by over 15 degrees. So you are unlikely to be cheating if your action looks good (under the 15 degree rule) - which is part of the reason 15 degrees was chosen. If you switch to a rule that's going to be more consistent with what you see in terms of identifying cheaters, but will also let a lot more people get away with cheating, I think you have a bigger problem in many respects. Unless of course you test every bowler.
Look lots of things in cricket have changed over the years. Probably there were sticks in the mud who protested against covering up pitches overnight too. But in my ideal world the rule would somehow enforce the spirit of one of the defining parts of the game - the natural bowling action, round arm and perceptibly straight.
I don't think the "spirit" of the law would say you should get to do something that others can't if you happen to look good doing it.
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As far as the media, who gives a **** what they think, they don't represent me in any way shape or form, you should know this living in the UK.
Haven't really noticed the media saying much either... maybe somewhere low visibility, but pretty much all the sports news is football right now. Apparently there's some kind of controversy going on.
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