World's Best Spinner: Is his Test career over?

World's Best Spinner: Is his Test career over?

Post by Stephen Devau » Sun, 02 Apr 2000 04:00:00


The Test career of the world's best spinner may, in fact, be over.
Circumstances may have conspired to guarantee that there is no longer a
place for him in his country's Test side.

Below are the Test records of the top spinners in the world (courtesy of
CricInfo):

NAME             AGE     SR      ECON       AVE
WBS              24     64.0     1.82     19.50
Warne            30     63.9     2.42     25.89
Murali           27     63.8     2.47     26.30
Kumble           29     69.3     2.42     28.01
Adams            23     66.0     2.66     29.33
Saqlain          23     66.9     2.66     29.72
Mushtaq          29     62.7     2.86     29.95
Vettori          21     76.0     2.53     32.18

With figures like that, surely there can be no doubt that the first
listed is the best! A runs-per-wicket average of more than 6 less than
his nearest competitor, and an economy rate of 0.6 better.  

He has played for his country as a specialist spinner against opponents
from opposite ends of the globe.  Yet the selectors' continue to
overlook him.

Stuart MacGill, whom so many have been touting?  Here are MacGill's
stats:

NAME             AGE     SR      ECON       AVE
MacGill          29      47.6    2.93     23.32  

Good, but please note that only in strike rate does MacGill top the
World's Best Spinner.  But again, the WBS's economy rate is almost an
entire run per over better, and his per-wicket average is almost 4 runs
better!

At the age of 24, the WBS may still have time to impress the selectors.
But it seems doubtful.  So, all you MacGill fans, go cry your tears on
some other shoulders!  Yours is NOT the greatest injustice to spin
bowlers in Test cricket today!

Happy Birthday, Josh.

Fraternally in cricket,

Steve the Bajan

 
 
 

World's Best Spinner: Is his Test career over?

Post by jonivar skulleru » Sun, 02 Apr 2000 04:00:00

Quote:

> Below are the Test records of the top spinners in the world (courtesy of
> CricInfo):

> NAME             AGE     SR      ECON       AVE
> WBS              24     64.0     1.82     19.50
> Warne            30     63.9     2.42     25.89
> Murali           27     63.8     2.47     26.30
> Kumble           29     69.3     2.42     28.01
> Adams            23     66.0     2.66     29.33
> Saqlain          23     66.9     2.66     29.72
> Mushtaq          29     62.7     2.86     29.95
> Vettori          21     76.0     2.53     32.18

> With figures like that, surely there can be no doubt that the first
> listed is the best! A runs-per-wicket average of more than 6 less than
> his nearest competitor, and an economy rate of 0.6 better.  

... although three matches is hardly a big enough sample to draw
definite conclusions.

I do agree, though that he is really hard done by, and the attitude of
the selectors is pretty mindboggling.

jonivar

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