> (Farooq Khan ) writes:
> >>The general consensus is that Dennis Lillee had the smoothest bowling
> >>action. In terms of getting the most out of his run up and delivery
> >>well as preserving the body.
I don't know which generals came to this consensus, but nobody asked me.
> >Overall though for actions Hamish Laws would be tempted to opt for
> smooth and
> >Miller for impressive.
> >Holding and Hadlee would probably be next.
Not having seen Lindwall, I couldn't comment. But the very nickname
'Whispering Death', because no-one could hear him running up, is
testimony to the lightness and elegance of the Holding run-up. I saw more
of Holding than Lillee, and only saw Lillee live towards the end of his
career, and perhaps DKL's preference for wearing the shirt loose and the
hair longish disguised the true elegance of a very fine action (There is
a wonderful sequence on the wall of the Lord's Tavern Club of about 8
large photographs of Lillee delivering one ball at Lord's, starting at
about five yards from the delivery stride, which shows how good he was).
But I go for Holding of those I've seen.
> Lillee was a fierce competitor, unfortunately that was his downfall in
> many ways. I saw him trying to extract pace out of featherbeds, where
> his counterparts would just give in.
But the terms of reference of this argument are not about his
competitiveness and strength, but the athletic grace and economy of his
run-up. This comment is entirely irrelevant.
However, what I think we now need to consider is the most comical bowling
action. I am not talking about unfair actions, and have no wish to
discuss the legality or otherwise of any bowlers.
Even though I suspect we have an absolute shoo-in for the winner, now
that everyone's seen the pictures of Paul Adams, I'd like to nominate one
or two others.
Max Walker was even funnier to watch than to listen to on Channel 9, with
those arms waving all over the place. And Vintcent van der Bijl' duck
waddle of a run-up must have helped him a bit (along with his tremendous
ability) to take a few wickets by virtue of mirth.