Ashes 2013: From Jim Laker to Shane Warne - the greatest ever bowling performances
We select XI of the finest displays from the spinners, fast bowlers and all those in between
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Wednesday 10 July 2013
The Ashes has never lacked for extraordinary bowling performances and the opening day of the 2013 series has certainly proved a day for those with the ball in their hand. Boiling the list down to 11 has been problematic, as the names of those left out attest.
Legends like Frank "Typhoon" Tyson, who destroyed Australia in the 1954/55 series haven't made it in. Nor has Freddie Trueman who snared four on his Ashes debut, or Alec Bedser who took 39 wickets in 1953. Australia's Bill O'Reilly was dubbed by Wisden as "one of the greatest bowlers of all time" after his 1938 Ashes tour while fast bowler Ray Lindwall who produced a spell against England that Donald Bradman called "one of the most brilliantly devastating".
Yet those who have been selected performed exceptionally, winning individual Tests single-handedly and often changed the course of entire series.
Do you agree with our selection? Which bowling performances would make your best XI? Leave your comments and suggestions below.
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