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Old 7th May 2008, 19:33   #74
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Originally Posted by FastBowlersUnion View Post
New Zealand's task will be even greater should Flintoff prove his fitness and be selected for the first Test as one of a four-man attack.

But Sir Richard, one of the great allrounders, believes England's Ashes colossus has some way to go before he can be compared to the giants who bestrode the game when he was at his peak, like Ian Botham and Kapil Dev.

'I don't think Flintoff has played long enough to be compared to those guys,' said Sir Richard, speaking to promote Sky Sports' exclusive coverage of the forthcoming series.

'His strike-rate is around three and a half wickets per Test and the greats all took four and a half to five. But there's no doubt he can bat, bowl and has a presence. We'd like to have him in our side!'

6+ wickets per Test
Murali 6.12
5+ wickets per Test
Steyn 5.21
Lillee 5.07
Hadlee 5.0
4+ wickets per Test
Warne 4.88
MacGill 4.83
Kumble 4.78
Marshall / Bond 4.64
Asif 4.63
Donald 4.58
McGrath 4.54
Clark 4.53
Younis 4.28
Gul 4.18
Lee 4.16
Ambrose 4.13
Sidebottom 4.07
3+ wickets per Test
Akram 3.98
Ntini 3.95
Gough 3.94
Walsh 3.93
Pollock 3.89
Akhtar 3.86
Caddick 3.77
Botham 3.75
Harmison 3.71
Hoggard 3.70
Willis 3.61
Panesar 3.53
Vaas 3.29
SJones 3.27
Malinga 3.25
ZKhan 3.20
Vettori 3.06
2+ wickets per Test
Flintoff 2.94
Oram 2.11
Kallis 1.93
Is that list comprehensive? How many wickets per test did Trueman, Tyson, Holding, Marshall and Walsh get?
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