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    What do people think of George Lohmann in ENG XI?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    The thing about Mailey, as gun as he was and as much as I adore him, he leaked runs. Gun strike rate but I'd prefer Grimmett to wear down the opposition, then get his man
    The object of a Test match is to capture 20 wickets, therefore the bowlers Strike Rate is more significant than the Economy Rate or Average;

    Mailey
    Strike Rate against England = 60.4


    Grimmett
    Strike Rate against England = 86.4


    That Strike Rate of Mailey against the best available opposition makes him equivalent to a top-notch fast bowler in wicket taking potential. There are very few spin bowlers that can boast that.

    And importantly, it wasn't as if Mailey was just bowling out just tail-enders. Like Grimmett he was able to shift top-order batsman. His three favourite victims were;

    1. Woolley (x9)
    2. Hobbs (x9)
    3. Sutcliffe (x8)

    And here is a synopsis of their wickets;

    http://www.howstat.com.au/cricket/St...?PlayerID=1063

    http://www.howstat.com.au/cricket/St...?PlayerID=0664
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    That 9-121 was from the 1920/21 Ashes series (5 Tests). He went on to capture 36 wickets at an average of only 26.27 runs, and at a Strike Rate of an incredible 40.6 deliveries per wicket.

    I'm not sure if there are better stat's for a leggie, or any type if spinner for that matter, during a Test match series. But if there are, I'd sure like to see them (against top notch opponents of course).

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    Sadly Warnie has him beat on all counts in the 2005 Ashes. 40 wickets at 19.92 with a strike rate of 37.9.
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    Also, this return from Harbhajan (32 at 17.03 with a strike rate of 33.4 for the cbf-to-click) in the 2001 Border-Gavaskar are pretty bloody impressive for a 3 Test series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    Sadly Warnie has him beat on all counts in the 2005 Ashes. 40 wickets at 19.92 with a strike rate of 37.9.
    Like I said - IMO Mailey was the best till Warne came along.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Like I said - IMO Mailey was the best till Warne came along.
    Disagree

    Standardised bowling averages - Australian leg-spinners
    WJ O'Reilly: 22.66 (rank 4)
    SK Warne: 26.69 (rank 10)
    CV Grimmett: 25.63 (rank 12)
    R Benaud: 29.23 (rank 31)
    AA Mailey: 35.49 (rank 114)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    Disagree

    Standardised bowling averages - Australian leg-spinners
    WJ O'Reilly: 22.66 (rank 4)
    SK Warne: 26.69 (rank 10)
    CV Grimmett: 25.63 (rank 12)
    R Benaud: 29.23 (rank 31)
    AA Mailey: 35.49 (rank 114)
    I wouldn't classify Bill O'Reilly as your classic leg-break googly bowler because he bowled at a brisk medium pace. His grip was also unique, as was the way he spun the ball. Perhaps I should have included O'Reilly in my thoughts, but I didn't.

    The point of the exercise is to challenge the natural assumption that Grimmett is the obvious No.2 bowler of his type after Warne. Again, bowling averages are used to support the case for the skills of Grimmett and Benaud. But as I said in my previous post, Strike Rates are more important in Test cricket unless the corresponding average of the bowler is prohibitively bad. Mailey's average is not prohibitively bad, and he strikes about 30% more often than Grimmett (against England, the best side at the time).

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    [QUOTE=watson;2918680]The object of a Test match is to capture 20 wickets, therefore the bowlers Strike Rate is more significant than the Economy Rate or Average;
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    I don't buy this.

    If strike rate is the be-all of test bowlers, you'll presumably pick MacGill ahead of Warne?

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    SR is important, sure, but in a test Grimmett's not going to give away free runs and release pressure like Mailey - perhaps it will take a little longer, but it will cost 10 runs less!

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    [QUOTE=Flametree;2918781]
    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    The object of a Test match is to capture 20 wickets, therefore the bowlers Strike Rate is more significant than the Economy Rate or Average;
    /QUOTE]

    I don't buy this.

    If strike rate is the be-all of test bowlers, you'll presumably pick MacGill ahead of Warne?
    Where to place MacGill in the patheon of spin bowlers is a very interesting question.

    His numbers are pretty good and we only imagine how history would view him if Warne hadn't got in the way of his career;

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    SR is important, sure, but in a test Grimmett's not going to give away free runs and release pressure like Mailey - perhaps it will take a little longer, but it will cost 10 runs less!
    No it wouldn't because the batsman's out sooner

    Now I'm confused

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    No it wouldn't because the batsman's out sooner

    Now I'm confused
    Grimmett-
    Average- 24.21 runs per wicket
    Strike Rate- 67.1 balls per wicket.
    Econ- 2.16

    Mailey
    Average- 33.91 runs per wicket
    Strike Rate- 61.8 balls per wicket
    Econ- 3.29


    Grimmett takes a wicket every 11.1 overs.
    Mailey takes a wicket every 10.3 overs.
    I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people - to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think its the effect or vice versa.

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    Here's a turn up for the books;

    According to Stat's Guru Warne and MacGill played together in 16 Test matches. Here are the stat's for those 16 matches;

    MacGill
    Wickets = 82
    Average = 22.10
    Strike Rate = 41.7
    5w = 5
    10w = 1

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    Warne
    Wickets = 74
    Average = 29.56
    Strike Rate = 56.6
    5w = 6
    10w = 2

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    It appears that MacGill out-bowled Warne when they appeared together. Unless I'm missing something.

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    Yeah, not surprising, he always did well whenever in partnership with Warne. You could argue that they saw the chance to take more risks from MacGill, I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    Grimmett-
    Average- 24.21 runs per wicket
    Strike Rate- 67.1 balls per wicket.
    Econ- 2.16

    Mailey
    Average- 33.91 runs per wicket
    Strike Rate- 61.8 balls per wicket
    Econ- 3.29


    Grimmett takes a wicket every 11.1 overs.
    Mailey takes a wicket every 10.3 overs.
    Grimmett's numbers look better than they really are because he cleaned up during his 15 Tests against the lesser teams of his era - WI and SA. On the other hand, Mailey only had 3 Tests against SA to boost his stat's.

    Against England when he had Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Hammond et al to contend with Grimmett was a lot less impressive;

    Grimmett
    Average against England = 32.44
    SR against England = 86.4


    Mailey
    Average against England = 34.12
    SR against England = 60.4

    Therefore, their averages are similar when playing against decent opposition (England) - less than 2 runs difference.

    But Mailey romps it home with regards to Strike Rate! Add that fact to his impact on the art of leg-spin bowling, and his ability to radically transform an entire Ashes series (1921) and he is the greater bowler of the two IMO.
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