> >> I thought Gary Sobers had a glorious bowling action. Freddie Trueman is
> >> often cited for having a flawless action. Who had - or has - the best
> >> action?>>
> > It's difficult-to-impossible to say as you need to define "flawless".>
> > Before we discovered stress fractures bowlers were taught the 'side on'
> > action but now the approved action is fundamentally different. It now
> > features much less leaping and being more chest on so as to avoid twisting
> > the spine. The latter is, imo, much less attractive to view but that's of
> > zero significance to anyone who wants to avoid pain and being unable to
> > play.
> > Of the old model my personal rankings would be;
> > Larwood
> > DKL V.2 - V.1 looked great from side on but had a *** last couple of
> > steps where he hopped from side to side. Like Nel does.)
> > Hadlee - Although he featured the New Model 'no leap' technique everything
> > else was classic Old Model)
> > Bond V.1 - His V.2 has been remodelled to reduce stress, but looks to me
> > that it'd actually increase his chances of back strain as he bends
> > considerably to his left after release now. Makes me wince.
> > Special category Old Model:
> > Thommo - Perfectly side-on through delivery.
> > New Model:
> > McGrath - It just doesn't get any simpler. His straight front leg and 90
> > degree use of the wrist in delivery are the keys to his success.
> Don't disagree with any of yours but I have to be a little biased and put in
> three South African's I have always liked
> Allan Donald - What an athlete
> Shaun Pollock
> Vince van der Bjl - You may not have seen him due to SA's isolation. He was
> picked for the SA test side in the early seventies that ended up having its
> tour cancelled -
> Mike Procter's action was anything but pretty/classic - effective though. He
> thundered in from the sightscreen. How he did not get injured more no-one