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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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    Imran
    Shoaib
    Steyn

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    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3


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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.
    Len Hutton - Jack Hobbs - Ted Dexter - Peter May - Walter Hammond - Frank Woolley - Ian Botham - Alan Knott - Hedley Verity - John Snow - Fred Trueman

    Victor Trumper - Bill Lawry - Don Bradman - Greg Chappell - Allan Border - Keith Miller - Adam Gilchrist - Alan Davidson - Shane Warne - Dennis Lillee - Glenn 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.

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    ive heard burgey goes alright with his old balls
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    I just love all kinds of 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 05:40 AM.

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