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Old 27th December 2015, 21:55   #1821
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Lowest bowling average of his career 28.89.

2015 54 wickets at 24.00.
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Old 27th December 2015, 22:03   #1822
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Lowest bowling average of his career 28.89.

2015 54 wickets at 24.00.
His batting average is up to 23 too. Not a bad cricketer is he?
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Old 28th December 2015, 10:18   #1823
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Lowest bowling average of his career 28.89.

2015 54 wickets at 24.00.
His last 50 tests he's taken 205 wickets at 25.48.
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Old 28th December 2015, 11:16   #1824
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He's grown into a World Class bowler. If he can stay fit I think he'll go past whatever target Jimmy sets him to be England's highest ever wicket taker.
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Old 16th January 2016, 15:08   #1825
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Is anyone in test cricket bowling better than this guy at present?

Had a great Ashes series and now a splendid series against SA so far.
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Old 16th January 2016, 15:24   #1826
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Is anyone in test cricket bowling better than this guy at present?

Had a great Ashes series and now a splendid series against SA so far.
I would say no. With Johnson retired I think he is the most exciting bowler to watch in Test cricket when he's charging in. Broad and Anderson must be regarded as one of the finest bowling pairs of the modern era.
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Old 16th January 2016, 22:51   #1827
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I would say no. With Johnson retired I think he is the most exciting bowler to watch in Test cricket when he's charging in. Broad and Anderson must be regarded as one of the finest bowling pairs of the modern era.
This may just be my perception but I don't think they've terrribly often bowled at their best together. Sometimes that's been because conditions haven't suited both their bowling styles at the same time but not always. Which is not to say they've not been excellent bowlers.

I wonder if we've got slightly over excited about Anderson's demise based on one test injured and two not really feeling his way back into the game effectively (bearing in mind that he was exceptionally good in UAE, even better than Broad was). Still, Broad has been better overall in the recent past and outstanding this series. With Steyn injured or a little below his previous incredible standards recently, there is a rather good case to be made that Broad is the best bowler in the world at the moment, which is rather odd.
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Old 16th January 2016, 23:08   #1828
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Depends on how we define best.

I think Finn's probably England's best bowler (as in consistently most threatening spell after spell but Broad has this mercurial quality that when he's firing he's another class.
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Old 17th January 2016, 00:55   #1829
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Depends on how we define best.

I think Finn's probably England's best bowler (as in consistently most threatening spell after spell but Broad has this mercurial quality that when he's firing he's another class.
Usual thing of knowing what your time period is and how valid judgements can be over a fairly short time but I do think it's too early to be confident in Finn, good though he's mostly been since he came back into the side. I also think it's no longer accurate to think of Broad as a streaky bowler, just because he has these spells where he's obscenely good. He's still bowling pretty well or better most of the rest of the time. He was good almost throughout the English summer and in the UAE.
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Old 17th January 2016, 09:42   #1830
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Usual thing of knowing what your time period is and how valid judgements can be over a fairly short time but I do think it's too early to be confident in Finn, good though he's mostly been since he came back into the side. I also think it's no longer accurate to think of Broad as a streaky bowler, just because he has these spells where he's obscenely good. He's still bowling pretty well or better most of the rest of the time. He was good almost throughout the English summer and in the UAE.
It has now been pointed out that Broad is now the leading wicket-taker in test cricket since the start of 2012. A caveat is that England play more tests than everyone else but it is actually testament to his overall consistency in that period. From my recollection, his only really poor series were against SA at home in 2012 and away in India later that year when him and Tim Bresnan did a good impression of Darren Stevens in terms of the pace that they were bowling.
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It has now been pointed out that Broad is now the leading wicket-taker in test cricket since the start of 2012. A caveat is that England play more tests than everyone else but it is actually testament to his overall consistency in that period. From my recollection, his only really poor series were against SA at home in 2012 and away in India later that year when him and Tim Bresnan did a good impression of Darren Stevens in terms of the pace that they were bowling.
I did hear that he had the best strike rate over that period too, but not convinced that's the case.
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Old 17th January 2016, 13:48   #1832
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I think Broad has a good chance of getting very close to Glenn McGrath's wickets total.

He might be nearly 30 but he still has plenty of years left in him. He's bowling out of his skin at present. It's worth the admission fee alone just to watch him bowl.
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I think Broad has a good chance of getting very close to Glenn McGrath's wickets total.

He might be nearly 30 but he still has plenty of years left in him. He's bowling out of his skin at present. It's worth the admission fee alone just to watch him bowl.
Will be interesting to see how long abroad and Anderson can go on for. Anderson looks a bit more injury prone now but seeing as he doesn't rely on pace he could go until his mid 30s. If Broad can adapt as a bowler when he loses a bit of pace and stay in the side he could get close to McGrath.
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I'd say a fast bowler has 5000 overs in his legs.
The most bowled was by Walsh 5003 overs at 38.

A very rough guess if injury free

Broad 3104 - 1896 overs left - 47 Tests x 3.66 wickets per Test = 502 wickets
Anderson 4149 - 851 overs left - 21 Tests x 3.83 wickets per Test = 509 wickets
Finn 893 - 4107 overs left - 102 Tests x 3.89 wickets per Test = 509 wickets

I expect Broad to average 4+ wickets as he gets better and better.

Steyn 2826 - 2174 overs left - 54 Tests x 4.95 wickets per Test = 673 wickets

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He's just hit the number one spot. How wasn't he nominated for that stupid BBC award? Absolute travesty.
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He's just hit the number one spot. How wasn't he nominated for that stupid BBC award? Absolute travesty.
He should've shot his mouth off about women and homosexuals a little more, then they'd've taken notice.
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Who needs an outdated tinpot award anyway? Broad's achievements when he retires will see him getting much better awards.
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Who needs an outdated tinpot award anyway? Broad's achievements when he retires will see him getting much better awards.
Agreed but to not even be nominated is ridiculous. Then again it's the BBC who are complete ****ing morons so.....
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Agreed but to not even be nominated is ridiculous. Then again it's the BBC who are complete ****ing morons so.....
Root and Cook had a case for being nominated as well. Wonder if it's got anything to do with no cricket being shown on the BBC?
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Wonder if it's got anything to do with no cricket being shown on the BBC?
Do you do this on purpose?

Just need to know before the obvious gets mentioned again.
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