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Your best test cricket bowling line up. Of all time.

Prince Ernst of Hanover

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Seeing we are talking about cricket. What is your best Test cricket bowling line up of all time?

Here is mine.

1. Malcolm Marshall
2. Joel Garner
3. Curtly Ambrose
4. Glen McGrath (or Richard Hadlee)

As for spinners - I would pick two batsman with batting averages over fifty who could spin. e.g. Alan Border. Garfield Sobers.
 

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1. Glen McGrath
2. Curtly Ambrose
3. Wasim Akram
4. Shane Warne
5. Jacques Kallis

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1. Glen McGrath
2. Curtly Ambrose
3. Wasim Akram
4. Shane Warne
5. Jacques Kallis

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Interesting.

No Marshall or Garner? These are the first 2 players I would pick. Batsmen or bowlers. Not only were they great bowlers, they scared the hell out of the batsmen. I got scared just watching them. Their bowling averages were better than the five you have named. Although Ambrose's average was almost identical to Marshall and Garner.
 

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Interesting.

No Marshall or Garner? These are the first 2 players I would pick. Batsmen or bowlers. Not only were they great bowlers, they scared the hell out of the batsmen. I got scared just watching them. Their bowling averages were better than the five you have named. Although Ambrose's average was almost identical to Marshall and Garner.
Variety.........


I would back my line-up on any pitch anywhere in the world



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Ambrose
Akram
Warne
Murali

You'd only need two batsmen to chase totals of around 20.
 

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1. Glen McGrath
2. Curtly Ambrose
3. Wasim Akram
4. Shane Warne
5. Jacques Kallis

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Can only vouch for those I've seen over a period of time to judge honestly. Got to watch some of WIndies finest. Bits of Imran and Akhtar. But without thinkin too much, this would have to be mine aswell.

McGrath with perfect line and length. Left and right arm pace of Curtly and Akram. The spin king Warne. And Kallis as the best all rounder I think I've seen.
 

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Best post world war 2 bowling averages for players who have played over 20 tests. (*) . Source ESPN website.

JH Wardle (England) 20.39
AK Davidson (Australia) 20.53
MD Marshall (West Indies) 20.94
J Garner (West Indies) 20.97
CEL Ambrose (West Indies) 20.99

Shane Warne is way down the list. (post world war 2)

* I have read that cricket pitches weren’t that great in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. This may explain some of the low bowling averages from very early Test matches.
 
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If only Warney played on some of those goat tracks back then
 

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1. Curtley Ambrose
2. Wasim Akram
3. Joel Garner
4. Shane Warne
5. Murali
 
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