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    Top Old Ball Bowlers

    Who are/were the best old ball bowlers. List your top 5.

    Waqar
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    Yeah, look, it gives me a pain deep inside my uterus to admit it, but it's Ajmal until such time as we get a working throwing law again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohnoitsyou View Post
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    Sutcliffe | Gavaskar* | Headley | Chappell^ | Lara^ | Kallis5^ | Knott+ | Hadlee3 | Ambrose2 | Lillee1 | Muralitharan4
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    Dennis Lillee should be in the list I reckon as some of best efforts were on flat pitches with the old ball. He seemed to bowl best when forced to use his whole repertoire.
    PRE WWI
    Grace-Trumper-Hill-Taylor-Ranjitsinhji-Faulkner-Noble-Lilley-Turner-Richardson-Barnes
    PRE WWII
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    POST WWII
    Hutton-Simpson-Kanhai-Pollock-Harvey-Sobers-Waite-Benaud-Davidson-Lindwall-Trueman
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    Gavaskar-Greenidge-Richards-Chappell-Lloyd-Botham-Imran-Knott-Lillee-Holding-Underwood
    MODERN ERA
    Hayden-Langer-Ponting-Tendulkar-Lara-Kallis-Gilchrist-Marshall-Warne-Ambrose-McGrath

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    Forget Pakistan did you? The place where every other bowler is an expert at reverse swing, because it occurs easily there. The whole reason why we are having trouble finding a new ball bowler.

    Edit: Was just joking. I know it was only 3 matches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Agent Nationaux View Post
    Forget Pakistan did you? The place where every other bowler is an expert at reverse swing, because it occurs easily there. The whole reason why we are having trouble finding a new ball bowler.

    Edit: Was just joking. I know it was only 3 matches.
    Lillee did have an undiagnosed stress fracture in his back at the time (Dec 1972 - Jan 1973) which wouldn't have helped his bowling. On the tour of the West Indies which followed straight after he broke down completely during the first Test at Kingston, Feb 1973.

    It's a shame that Lillee never toured Pakistan/India without injury. However, there is no reason to assume that Lillee wouldn't have knocked over Pakistani/Indian top order barsman on their home turf as he had all the skills and deliveries available to do so.
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    McGrath used to bowl pretty decently with the old ball didn't he?
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    The ball state didn't matter to McGrath. Was awesome regardless.

    And the answers to this thread are going to be predictable so I am going to just focus on the post 2007 years.

    Dale Steyn
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    James Anderson
    Saeed Ajmal
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    As for Sharma, sorry but he's the only Indian bowler outside of Khan who has consistently managed to take wickets away from home and trouble good batsman. Shami looks highly promising but India don't have better seam options than Sharma at the moment in test cricket. Quite simple.
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    ive heard burgey goes alright with his old balls
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    Quote Originally Posted by uvelocity View Post
    ive heard burgey goes alright with his old balls
    Inappropriate sexual reference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shri View Post
    Inappropriate sexual reference.
    I agree - 'goes alright' and 'old balls' seems like a questionable juxtaposition to me.
    Last edited by watson; 10-01-2014 at 04:40 AM.

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