And I like Neil Adcock, Proctor, Pollock, and Steyn too.
I can only assume he was overshadowed by his peers due to their personalities and styles of bowling
Do you guys try too hard to appear cool when you leave out widely accepted ATG players with gun stats in favor of lesser acclaimed cricketers with decidedly inferior stats, typically from many generations earlier? Srs question.
The truth is - these lists are arbitrary and cannot be set in concrete. One of the obvious reasons is that the actual and real difference in strength between the ATG bowlers is so small as to be almost meaningless.
And on that note, I've changed my mind - Snow into the top 15 and Larwood out.
some bowlers are really under rated for some reason. Alan Davidson for e.g. Tbf I never saw him bowl but he seems to come quite low down the pecking order than his stats would suggest. Richie Benaud and Bradman both rated Wasim Akram as better than him IIRC
First question is are we picking the eleven greatest players or the greatest team - for me its the latter so
Wonderful record and reputation, of course, and noted for his skill against good bowling or in unfavourable conditions.
I'd rate him the best English batsman ever, for reasons I've articulated elsewhere, but can't find
As an Englishman I pick the best captain and then ten to play with him - the fact that Jardine's batting is massively underrated is just a bonus - he'll marshall this bunch superbly. He'll bat at three if one of the openers goes early, but lower down if they see off the new ball OK
Another genuine ATG and a top slipper - can't be putting too many down at this standard - will also lead England's challenge to Warne and Miller in the Lothario stakes
So many reasons he has to be picked - a bit like a likeable and stylish version of KP - he'll be able to score runs off the likes of O'Reilly and McGrath when the others are tied down, will bamboozle the occasional batsman with his chinaman, terrific right wing and will be Hammond's wingman in the shagathon
Version 1977-1981 - peerless batsman, bowler and slipper - what's not to love
7. Alan Knott
Best wicketkeeper I've ever seen by a distance - wonderful unorthodox bat too, at his best in a crisis
Finest quick the game has seen, and Jardine wouldn't go on the field without him
Give him a bit of help and he's irresistable - best off spinner ever - never needed a doosra - spun the ball prodigously and batsman could never relax
10. Hedley Verity
Same as Laker but the other way round and, perhaps, just a tad tighter.
11. Brian Statham
Like Glen McGrath only better, and he's a Lancastrian as well - possibly the most underrated bowler in the history of the game - will be a perfect foil for Larwood's expresses and Botham's variety
Spare man - Derek Randall - if you've got spinners as good as Laker and Verity you don't mind if its essentially a seamer's wicket so twelfthers has to be the best fielder I have ever seen
Last post or two I was talking about Crickets lack of individualism, but I wonder if Simpson helped make Lawry better? Did Hayden made Langer a better batsman? I think Taylor was a great foil for Slater too.