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Disclaimer: I am a biased South African. Anything I say is likely to have something in it that ultimately favours the Proteas.
Gower for me, orgasmic, ****ing frustrating too, but just brilliant.
Azarruddin a close second, so depressing what happened after, but a creamy batsman. I also enjoyed Glenn Turner and Zaheer Abbas.
bowlers, I guess Qadir and Warne, leggies are sexy if they're not English.
Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large, I contain multitudes.
Oh and I like Waqar better than Teja.
Mohammed Amir. Such a shame.
Last edited by JBMAC; 17-12-2012 at 08:04 PM.
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What did you like about Statham JBMAC?
He didn't have a particularly smooth action like Holding or Lillee.
Last edited by Satyanash89; 17-12-2012 at 10:58 PM.
Batsmen - Damien Martyn, Martin Crowe, David Gower, Michael Vaughan (circa 2002), Saeed Anwar, .Greg Chappell, Stephen Fleming.
Bowlers - Michael Holding, Dennis Lillee, Sir Dick Hadlee, Wasim Akram, Imran Khan, Curly Ambrose, Shane Bond
Stat am was not inelegant but not really an absolute purists delight due to a slightly open action. Nowhere near Malcolm Marshall's direct head on square one but slightly as most bowlers who seam the ball in to right handers, tend to acquire . Trevor Bailey, the England bowler whose injury on tour made for Statham's test debut writes . . .
Statham has always been more of a seamer than a swing bowler . . . This was largely due to his body action which was, perhaps, a shade too open for the purist, but his high right arm and the way it chased his left arm across his body until checked by his left hip were copy book.
Statham's partner in that legendary partnership, Fred Trueman, has similar views. . .
Brian was the ideal model for any young fast bowler. He had a fluent athletic run up that was rounded off by a good action even if he bowled from the inside of his left elbow and was slightly chest on.
If you look at his pictures at the start of his final delivery action you see a left hnd dead straight vertical but he is not looking at the batsman over his left shoulder but from the side of his left arm pit. Then look at the finish and follow through and it is copy book with a huge sweep of the bowling arm right across his body in classical style.
I can understand why he would look elegant when you combine this action with probably the most accurate fast bowler in history. According to Trueman and Bailey both, many thought of him as fast medium only on account of his awesome accuracy which was never associated with genuine fast bowlers.
For mine, Lillee pre back injury had the most perfect of bowling styles. Run up which built momentum into a massive delivery stride with a fluent action.
I love the way that he drops his right arm before he reaches the crease as well.
Dennis Lillee vs Pakistan 1976/77 - YouTube
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