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    Greatest Bowler

    The question i want to pose here is that whome do u think is the all time greatest fast bowler that the world cricket has ever produced?
    I have no hesitation to say that it is wasim akram(the greatest)

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    Glenn mcgrath would be my one , although im a kiwi i would go with Richard Hadlee too !
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    Yeh I agree. A few other bowlers would have to be looked at but Glen still has a few good years to cement his place as the best.
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    yup and the thing about him is australia can rely on him and hes pretty consistent


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    Yea. I agree. Glen would be one of the best but then I am only young and haven't really seen many others bowl

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    malcolm marshall. i don't know. all i know is that i super dooper dislike glenn mcgrath.
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    Glenn for all time ?? :O No chance in hell...

    Id go for Dennis Lillee. He was just awesome !! Fantastic run-up , supreme pace , excellent fitness. Had the batsmen hopping mad ! The best that ive seen for sure !
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    lol Sunil why do u dislike him ?

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    Yes I would have to agree with Glenn mcgrath

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    True Denis Lillie was one of the most explosively exciting players I have ever seen.

    Still would have to vote for Glenn.

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    For the ability to bowl well on any surface, you'd have to go with Lillee. On par would be Malcolm Marshall and possiblly Sidney Barnes. Geez, no-one takes 189 wickets in 19 Tests without being REALLY special!!

    Of the guys I've seen bowl live (as in, they've played in my time as a cricket watcher), It's a toss-up between Curtly Ambrose or Glenn McGrath. Curtly in the early days was QUICK and deadly accurate with the ability to bowl the unplayable deliveries. Glenn McGrath used to mainly rely on his suffocating accuracy to get his wickets but has developed into the more complete fast-bowler. For clinical precision and all-wicket ability, Glenn is easily the current best.

    Hey Sunil, we said pick the 'best' not the 'best liked'.

    As for Wasim, he was certainly a VERY good bowler but I was never convinced he could bowl as well on all surfaces. Slower wickets tend to bother him in this day and age, though he was pretty explosive a few uears ago.
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    Glenn McGrath? Best ever? Come off it...

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    PWC Rankings - All Time Bests

    1 Sydney Barnes ENG 932 16.43 932 vs South Africa, Durban 1914

    2 Imran Khan PAK 926 22.81 926 vs India, Karachi 1983

    3 George Lohmann ENG 923 10.76 923 vs South Africa, Johannesburg 1896

    4 Glenn McGrath AUS 919 21.91 919 vs England, The Oval 2001

    5 Muttiah Muralitharan SL 918 23.65 918 vs Pakistan, Lahore 2002

    6 Tony Lock ENG 915 25.58 915 vs New Zealand, Manchester 1958

    6 Malcolm Marshall WI 915 20.95 915 vs England, Manchester 1988

    6 Curtly Ambrose WI 915 20.99 915 vs England, Port-of-Spain 1994

    7 Waqar Younis PAK 912 22.98 912 vs Zimbabwe, Rawalpindi 1993

    7 Shaun Pollock SA 912 20.72 912 vs England, Johannesburg 1999

    8 Richard Hadlee NZ 910 22.30 910 vs Australia, Perth 1985

    9 Ian Botham ENG 909 28.40 909 vs India, Mumbai 1980

    10 Shane Warne AUS 907 26.52 907 vs England, Melbourne 1994

    11 Derek Underwood ENG 906 25.84 906 vs New Zealand, Auckland 1971

    12 Alan Davidson AUS 904 20.53 904 vs England, Sydney 1963

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    lol Sunil why do u dislike him ?
    i don't like glenn mcgrath because he was rude to a whole lot of little kids who wanted his autograph a couple of years ago. i saw him tell them to go away because he was busy (he was as busy as any other player- standing on the boundary, not warming up or anything). he was the only guy that wouldnt sign and he was rude too.
    he is an arrogant prick.

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    i thought the whole aussie 1st eleven was too :P

    lol again no offence

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