Hey I wanted to be first with the Precam jokes.
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RIP Craig Walsh
the greatest quicks ever are 1.ambrose 2.marshall 2.walsh 4.mcgrath and 5.Garner.in that order
Dream Team since 1970-2012 1.Boycott 2.Hayden 3.Ponting (C) 4.Lara 5.Richards 6.Kallis 7.Gilchrist(WK) 8.Warne 9.Hadlee 10.Lillee 11.McGrath 12th man Tendulkar
Dream Team 1870-1970 1.Hobbs 2.Hutton 3.Bradman (C) 4.Hammond 5.Miller 6.Sobers 7.Oldield(WK)8.Lindwall 9.Trueman 10.Barnes 11.O'Reilly 12th man Weekes
Barnes in this match revealed himself once more as one of the most remarkable bowlers that this country has ever produced. He has a positively wonderful command of the leg break.... His great height makes it difficult for the batsman to follow the flight of the ball. He is useful on every kind of wicket, whereas few bowlers of his pace are able to bowl on a sticky wicket. - JACK HOBBS, 'My Cricket Memories' (1924)
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
3. 'Direct' Stat's like Average or Strike Rate
4. 'Indirect' Stat's like Longevity
Obviously if you value 'Longevity' then this will increase the 'Greatness' of Courtney Walsh. And of course, if 'Greatness' is valued more than 'Best' then Walsh will climb the rankings and appear in the Top 5.
Personally, I prefer 'Best' and 'Direct' Stat's, but there is no right or wrong here.
Courtney Walsh is terribly under-appreciated. Brilliant quick bowler.
Walsh always did dirty work for his more illustrious colleagues. While Ambrose and Marshall bowled most of there balls up to the batsmen to get wickets, Walsh was made to intimidate batsmen by bowling persistently short at them.
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I played for 20 years in the Lankan team, I did not have any problems as a Tamil - Muralidaran
I always remember him as a very accurate off stump type bowler, bowling in to the wind while Ambrose bowled with it. Always seemed to have one of the best personalities as well. Seemed like a happy guy.
Hutton* | Hobbs | Bradman | Richards^ | Tendulkar | Sobers5^ | Gilchrist+ | Khan3 | Marshall1 | Warne4^ | McGrath2
Sutcliffe | Gavaskar* | Headley | Chappell^ | Lara^ | Kallis5^ | Knott+ | Hadlee3 | Ambrose2 | Lillee1 | Muralitharan4
Greenidge | Richards^ | Ponting^ | Pollock | Hammond^ | Worrell5* | Waite+ | Akram3 | Steyn1 | Holding2 | O'Reilly4
Morris | Simpson^ | Sangakkara | Weekes^ | Border*^ | Walcott+ | Faulkner5 | Laker4 | Trueman1 | Garner3 | Donald2
Look Walsh was alright but there's a reason he lived in Ambrose's shadow. I remember a tight series in 96/97 when an injury to Ambrose gave us the break we were looking for. All of a sudden the series was busted wide open. No pressure and with Walsh leading the attack - well lets just say he looked all alone and badly out numbered. Same with Bishop.
Walsh did the dirty work bcos he wasn't good enough to be the lead man. Can't help but feel he was made to look good associated with a group of glamour fast bowlers. Longevity is admirable but lets not parlay it into greatness.
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