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Thread: Gavin Larsen - Quality, Average or Period Player?

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    State Vice-Captain jcas0167's Avatar
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    Interesting post. Larsen was certainly remarkable with his consistency and a lynchpin of the successful NZ ODI team for a decade.

    No doubt he would struggle more today with the bigger, lighter bats and batsmen becoming more inventive with T20. I remember Chris Harris was hugely economical with his little leg cutters through the mid 90's, but batsmen also started targeting him and he was less effective in the early 00's.

    James Franklin has been reasonably effective this season bowling around Larsen's pace, but with a number of variations. Larsen was such a competitor I imagine he would have adapted to some extent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Hall could do anything though. What a champ.

    Probably the most South African cricketer ever.
    Well he was shot, so I see your point.
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    Larsen was one of my All Time favorite ODI players
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

    Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta

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    As noted in this thread, I think Larsen's near-uniqueness as effectively a specialist medium-slow bowler was somewhat overstated- they didn't have speedos for most of his career but I think he was mostly 120s. He was probably a lot like Scott Styris in that he was only an average height guy (which helped 'keepers stand up to the stumps to him consistently), had a meandering run-up and a compact action, but was actually sending them down at a similar speed to some of the so-called medium-fast men in the side.

    Was he really that much different to Nuwan Kulasekara, for example? Difference being Kula gets the new ball and therefore we seem him swing it and bowl to attacking fields.

    The man who was truly unique was Chris Harris who somehow made a success of bowling seam-up(ish) at 85-105kph.

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    He's now first team manager at Onslow in Wellington club cricket. Looks shorter than most bowlers... seems very driven to get the best from the seniors.
    And he runs the Newlands Hell Pizza.

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