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    But he didn't Fred, it was unjust how his career ended, but to project how he would have done after the war and ignore his actual figures is pure speculation.
    Additionally I don't think that Australia would have offered the new ball every 55 overs if Larwood was still around
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    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


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    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3

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    btw, why is it only brought up that Bradman before the war played in near un paralleled batting conditions when we are discussing Larwoods bowling and not Bradman's career itself?
    Just wondering out loud.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    btw, why is it only brought up that Bradman before the war played in near un paralleled batting conditions when we are discussing Larwoods bowling and not Bradman's career itself?
    Just wondering out loud.
    Have heard it brought up about Bradman's career many times tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    No he didn't - he actually played very little Test cricket but he succeeded twice, once spectacularly, on the fast bowler's graveyards that Australia produced between the wars, under the old lbw law. The fact that he was humbled by Bradman in 1930, when he was never properly fit is, to me, neither here nor there

    If Larwood had played just after the war (new ball every 55 overs and seaming wickets) then I rather think that his average would have been a long way south of 20, and the casualty list a long one
    I'm interested in your opinion on this Fred, as you seem knowledgable about England's cricket history.

    Larwood played a limited number of tests, and in them had less statistical success than contemporaries Gubby Allen and Bill Voce. In FC cricket however, Larwood's stats stand out more (although they are still comparable to the other two mentioned). Gubby Allen, for instance, has very good FC stats as well, slightly inferior to Larwood's but somewhat similar.

    Also, some have been suggesting that Larwood "revolutionised" quick bowling. I'm not sure that's the case. Australia had Jack Gregory bowling very quick a few years prior to Larwood's career, and Gregory had very similar stats in both tests and FC cricket to Larwood. Ted McDonald was another quick Australian pre-Larwood with a very refined quick bowler's action. McDonald, like Larwood, played few tests for what seems ordinary averages and stats, but a lot of FC games for excellent numbers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Have heard it brought up about Bradman's career many times tbh.
    For the record I do consider Bradman the best bat ever, just not twice as good as the second tier group.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    No he didn't - he actually played very little Test cricket but he succeeded twice, once spectacularly, on the fast bowler's graveyards that Australia produced between the wars, under the old lbw law. The fact that he was humbled by Bradman in 1930, when he was never properly fit is, to me, neither here nor there

    If Larwood had played just after the war (new ball every 55 overs and seaming wickets) then I rather think that his average would have been a long way south of 20, and the casualty list a long one
    I've been watching some archive footage of Larwood and Lindwall in action on a video I bought recently (thanks Monk for the recommendation - it's excellent).

    What struck me was how similar their respective bowling actions were. If Lindwall didn't have such a long drag with his right-foot then I'd say that they had identical actions. Even in slow motion it is very difficult to tell Larwood and Lindwall apart at the point of delivery.

    Anyway, the point being that it is possible that Larwood and Lindwall could have had similar stat's if Larwood's was left uninterupted by Bodyline and injury. It is a big assumption to say that similar bowling actions translate into similar stat's. But it's not a bad assumption. Larwood could have quite easily ended up being England's version of Lindwall if fate had been different. But no better or greater than Lindwall because their bowling actions are almost identical.

    Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    I've been watching some archive footage of Larwood and Lindwall in action on a video I bought recently (thanks Monk for the recommendation - it's excellent).

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    Any idea of what England's greatest XI would be excluding Cricketers born in England?

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    So then, once again Larwood, Bedser or Snow and Pietersen or Barrington?

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    Non English Born
    Andrew Strauss
    Colin Cowdrey
    Ted Dexter
    Kevin Pieterson
    Douglas Jardine
    Allan Lamb
    Billy Murdoch (wk)
    Tony Greig
    Gubby Allen
    Andy Caddick
    Gladstone Small

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    Similar to my team really.

    1. Andrew Strauss
    2. Colin Cowdrey
    3. Ranji
    4. Ted Dexter
    5. Kevin Pietersen
    6. Douglas Jardine
    7. Matt Prior
    8. Gubby Allen
    9. Phil Edmonds
    10 Andrew Caddick.
    11 John Ferris

    Some great batsman overlooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    So, if that's the case, and considering this is an ATG discussion thread, would you include Larwood in your World all time ATG team?

    Great, eloquent post, and I agree with most of it. Numbers can be very misleading. They can also be very revealing though. And Larwood's contemporaries, in the same teams as him, against the same opposition, had better numbers.
    The more I think about it, the more I would. To me, I'd go with something like this as the GOAT XI:

    1. Jack Hobbs
    2. Len Hutton
    3. Don Bradman
    4. Sachin Tendulkar
    5. Garfield Sobers
    6. Viv Richards
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Imran Khan
    9. Malcolm Marshall
    10. Harold Larwood
    11. Shane Warne

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    I've been watching some archive footage of Larwood and Lindwall in action on a video I bought recently (thanks Monk for the recommendation - it's excellent).

    What struck me was how similar their respective bowling actions were. If Lindwall didn't have such a long drag with his right-foot then I'd say that they had identical actions. Even in slow motion it is very difficult to tell Larwood and Lindwall apart at the point of delivery.

    Anyway, the point being that it is possible that Larwood and Lindwall could have had similar stat's if Larwood's was left uninterupted by Bodyline and injury. It is a big assumption to say that similar bowling actions translate into similar stat's. But it's not a bad assumption. Larwood could have quite easily ended up being England's version of Lindwall if fate had been different. But no better or greater than Lindwall because their bowling actions are almost identical.

    Just a thought.

    Lindwall actively modelled his action on Larwood's. At one point some Notts fans (IIRC, read it a few days ago and can't remember all the details) had a crack at him for copying Larwood. Lindwall shrugged his shoulders - saying something along the lines of "Why not copy the best?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    No he didn't - he actually played very little Test cricket but he succeeded twice, once spectacularly, on the fast bowler's graveyards that Australia produced between the wars, under the old lbw law. The fact that he was humbled by Bradman in 1930, when he was never properly fit is, to me, neither here nor there

    If Larwood had played just after the war (new ball every 55 overs and seaming wickets) then I rather think that his average would have been a long way south of 20, and the casualty list a long one
    Tangy with the goods I'd estimate a 20 average or thereabouts.

    For me the best team would be...

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    2. Herbert Sutcliffe
    3. Barry Richards
    4. Don Bradman
    5. Keith Miller*
    6. Garfield Sobers
    7. Mike Procter
    8. Don Tallon
    9. Harold Larwood
    10. -
    11. -


    The last spots can be any of 10. Verity/Warne/O'Reilly or 11. Marshall/Donald/Ambrose/Davidson/Waqar. Just can't choose!
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    If I remember correctly, I read somewhere Larwood was Lindwall's childhood hero
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