Last edited by watson; 27-09-2013 at 05:30 AM.
I am often asked who was the best, fastest or toughest bowler I ever faced and I quite enjoy giving different answers every time. Well, it keeps me amused anyway –but the underlying point is that one could revise this whole list on a daily basis and never really be right and never really be wrong - DAVID GOWER
You mean excluding the above four?
That's a really hard one because there's a big list. Stream of consciousness I would pick..
Steyn the most debateable. Holding, Davidson, Garner, Trueman, Wasim and Lindwall also crossed my mind but I went with my man crush.
on flat wickets, maybe some humidity:
neither Imran nor Akram are in the top 5 bowlers of all time but they make this team for composition reasons.
On grassy wickets:
Ambrose and Hadlee have a shot at making my top 5, but this is a horse-for-courses selection. I really don't think you're giving up much between most of the bowlers in the top ten, and it's better to shuffle them depending on conditions.
Last edited by hendrix; 27-09-2013 at 03:00 PM.
Anthony McGrath>>>Tim Ambrose
If you have a hard and fast bowler than I'd take McGrath. I'd only take Ambrose of these two if I needed an intimidator.
~ Do you think I care for you so little that betraying me would make a difference ~
Last edited by smalishah84; 28-09-2013 at 06:06 AM.
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
The best selected bowling attacks I have seen is
Marshall, Warne, Lillee, Barnes (Boycott)
Akram, Marshall, Warne, Lillee (Cricinfo)
Imran, Marshall, Warne, McGrath (CW/mine )
Boycott's I like from a historical but not practical perspective, depends on if an AT XI is selected based on your career or if you are actually being selected as part of the best possible attack to take on Mars. From a career and anecdotal perspective the attack is perfect.
For Cricinfo's, it's a role based team selection and it's equally brilliant from that perspective. They are many among the Anglo/Australian media and historian group that rate Lillee the best ever, Marshall for an equal many is (correctly ) rated the best ever and they will share the new ball, Akran isn't better than many of the possible contenders for the third slot, but he is, possibly along with Imran (and Garner with his yorkers and rib searchers) the best old ball bowler who adds the LH component, his magic deliveries and his innate ability to mow down the tail, him along with Warne would be devastating with the old ball, and Marshall also enjoyed bowling with the old ball and could reverse it and use his cutters, there would be no respite with the old and Marshall and Lillee with the new would be irresistible and terrifying (also why I selected Watson's team the best from the last draft).
The CW selected team though is more balanced, from a peer and anecdotal perspective Lillee was highly rated, in every other way though McGrath comes out on top. He was accurate, probing and unrelenting. Statistically the best opening attack was Marshall and Garner, due in part I believe to their contrasting styles, Garner's height and his accuracy. McGrath brings all of that and more and him and Marshall though not as terrifying as Lillee and Marshall would be even more penetrating and irresistable. Marshall's searing pace and swing and McGrath accuracy and seam movement would be too much for any batsman. Imran was good an old ball bowler as Wasim, and while he didn't bring the LH variety that Akram provided he was the overall better bowler and the best ever bowling all rounder and his batting is a huge plus at #8. His reverse swing and early fearsome pace compliments McGrath and Marshall brilliantly and would equally as effective as Wasim with Warne, though Akram did have that extra magic as well.
This attack gives brilliant batting depth down to 10 and Warne allows flexibility as a great slipper as well and it's also as strong an attack as can possibly be collected with pace, seam, swing, spin and reverse swing being covered.
Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
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