A Benchmark for Bowlers: County and International.

This is going to be a really quick post. I created a benchmark to measure how batsmen in my Index are performing and called it the Bradman Benchmark. I am now looking to do the same for bowlers and it does not matter which era they played in or whether they are currently playing or retired. I am looking for a total of four bowlers. One spinner and fast bowler/ medium-pacer from County Cricket (Kolpaks and foreign players are excluded)and the same from International bowlers. My picks are Wilfred Rhodes and Derek Shackleton for the County players while I have chosen Muralitharan and Anderson for my International players. It was a close call between him and Mcgrath but I decided to go with Jimmy because he is still playing and will possibly take more wickets. This will only be for red-ball cricket.

The following criteria must be kept in mind

  1. Played a minimum of 50 matches.
  2.  The number of wickets taken.
  3. The career average.
  4. The career strike rate.
  5. Batting and fielding are completely disregarded.

I am looking forward to reading your comments whether they are in this post or my tweet with reasons why. I am not expecting a consensus but a clearer picture may emerge.

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