View Poll Results: Who is the best bowler ever to average over 30 in Test cricket?

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  • Harbhajan Singh

    5 9.09%
  • Daniel Vettori

    1 1.82%
  • James Anderson

    6 10.91%
  • Zaheer Khan

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  • Brett Lee

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    1 1.82%
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  • Chris Martin

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  • Andrew Flintoff

    5 9.09%
  • Steve Harmison

    1 1.82%
  • Rangana Herath

    3 5.45%
  • Morne Morkel

    1 1.82%
  • Erapalli Prasanna

    11 20.00%
  • Mushtaq Ahmed

    1 1.82%
  • Geoff Lawson

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    0 0%
  • Mohammad Sami

    1 1.82%
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  • Wally Hammond

    1 1.82%
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  • James Franklin

    1 1.82%
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    Who is the best bowler ever to average over 30 in Test cricket?

    My vote goes to the Indian offspinner Erapalli Prasanna, a true master of flight, loop, aggression and guile.
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    Harbhajan Singh, Rangana Herath, James Anderson are all decent picks.

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    Abdul Qadir. Enough said.
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    I think this poll will have a classic "bowlers-pre-2000-were-just-better" nostalgia syndrome.
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    Out of interest, what's the minimum wicket requirement in that list?

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    Jack Gregory was awesome by all accounts.

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    Geoff Lawson could also be very good. Enjoyed watching him bowl

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumpski,Feb 21 2014, 09:00 AM
    Out of interest, what's the minimum wicket requirement in that list?
    I just selected the top 100 wicket takers in Test cricket with an average of over 30. I think it works out at about 85 wickets.
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    I don't know about the best, but Patterson was pure box office. Seriously fast.
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    As was Devon Malcolm at times

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    Prasanna was universally acclaimed as the best off-spinner since Laker, and Mailey was the first great leggie. So one of those two.
    Last edited by watson; 30-06-2014 at 03:20 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Prasanna is universally acclaimed as the best off-spinner since Laker. So him.
    Best off-spinner since Laker while Prasanna was playing yes? Let's not get too crazy.

    What Ashley Mallett thinks != universally acclaimed
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    Quote Originally Posted by viriya View Post
    Best off-spinner since Laker while Prasanna was playing yes? Let's not get too crazy.
    Gee that was a quick reply, maybe some kind record. And yes, I have heard of Murali, so tense changed and Mailey also given an honourable mention.
    Last edited by watson; 30-06-2014 at 03:24 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Gee that was a quick reply, maybe some kind record. And yes, I have heard of Murali, so tense changed and Mailey also given an honourable mention.
    I was under the impression that you were going by Ashley Mallett's picks.. As I recall he picked his 5 greatest off-spinners of all-time and didn't pick Murali.. I realize he likes classical actions and he can have his own opinion on how an off-spinner should bowl, but I doubt most people would agree with him nowadays (especially with the off-spinners in international cricket today)..

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