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Thread: Andy Roberts' place in the pantheon of Caribbean Pace Men

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    Silent Assasin in the era of testoterone driven ego-maniacs like Lillee and Thomson..Don't ask Peter Toohey though

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    Smali, are you quoting from Imran's '83 bio?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ImpatientLime View Post
    Find it a little astonishing that Marshall over Ambrose is so clear cut in this thread. Ambrose is not celebrated enough these days for my liking.
    You are obviously too young to remember Marshall properly then. We respect Ambrose but MM was the daddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10 View Post
    Smali, are you quoting from Imran's '83 bio?
    Nope, from All Round View

    I have his other book too but I feel All Round view offers a much more rounded view
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teja. View Post
    Sunil Gavaskar in Runs n' Ruins rates Roberts the best paceman he has had the privilege to face.

    I've also read from various accounts about his deadly slower bouncer.
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    Mind you Sunny did once say that of John Price
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    In 1971, Price was conceivably the quickest bowler that Gavaskar had faced up to that point. By some accounts he was distinctly sharp, right up there with Snow and Willis but without the same durability.
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    I know Uton Dowe was a bit of a laughing stock but he was apparently pretty sharp, and I'd definitely have said that Van Holder was a good deal quicker than Price, although the memories are pretty distant these days
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    Yeah, but Price was getting on a bit by 1971. I'd be surprised if he was quicker than Snow in that series. Maybe 4 or 5 years previously. But Sunny didn't tour in 1967 did he?
    The Bible comes to my aid - 2nd Test report in Wisden '72:

    "Although Lever gained the best bowling figures, Price had one superbly hostile spell which brought him Gavaskar's wicket. He showed remarkable pace which belied his age of 34."

    And no I haven't spent the last week looking for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stumpski View Post
    The Bible comes to my aid - 2nd Test report in Wisden '72:

    "Although Lever gained the best bowling figures, Price had one superbly hostile spell which brought him Gavaskar's wicket. He showed remarkable pace which belied his age of 34."

    And no I haven't spent the last week looking for that.

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    Going back to Andy Roberts, it's interesting to note that Gavaskar played against him on India's Windies tour in 1971 - it was his first match of what proved to be a remarkably prolific trip, and Roberts' fifth first-class match:

    Leeward Islands v India, 25-28 Feb 1971

    He opened the bowling with one Edward Arthurton, who came from Nevis and must surely be some relation to Keith.
    Last edited by stumpski; 05-07-2012 at 10:25 AM.

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