Poll: Greatest spinner – Warne or Murali (Intro)

The debate behind the title of “Greatest Spinner in Test Cricket History” usually comes down to two candidates, namely Shane Warne of Australia and Muttiah Muralitharan of Sri Lanka. This debate, like most cricket debates, seems quite inane and pointless to the casual observer, but generates quite a lot of fervour among cricket fans. At this point, I would like to point out the poll on the side and give you the opportunity to cast a vote. The results are, at the moment, quite close with Warne, garnering 54%, and Murali, garnering 46%.

So, while I probably won’t write the full article until I get back to university, this post is just to give a quick summary on the standard arguments on both sides to help any undecideds.

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Yorkers: the most thrilling delivery in cricket

“Defend yorker” by YellowMonkey – Photo by YellowMonkey. Licenced under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Defend_yorker.jpg#/media/File:Defend_yorker.jpg

As Australian cricket fans would know, when the commentator Bill Lawry sees a wicket fall, he gets excited. When Bill sees a wicket fall because a searing yorker shatters the stumps, he gets really excited. He gets so stimulated that, given his advanced age, Channel Nine should consider shielding him from the commentary roster when Mitchell Starc bowls at the West Indians in this year’s Boxing Day Test match. You know they could just keep Mark Taylor on for those overs. He’s cooler than a room with Fujitsu air-conditioning: it’s Australia’s Favourite Air! But, enough about Fujitsu Taylor, what on earth is Bill Lawry getting so excited about?

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