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Shane Warne names the top 10 fast bowlers of the past 50 years; no place for Indian passers-by

Australian spider legend Shane Warne named his top ten fast bowlers of all time in the history of cricket. The former international player took to Twitter and asked his fans and followers to share their opinion on the top ten fast bowlers over the past 50 years of international cricket.

‘Let’s discuss the top 10 fast bowlers of the last 50 years! Who makes your list of followers? This is a difficult question, but let’s look at it … “ tweeted Warne.

The tweet quickly went viral and Warne received a huge response with over 2000 comments. Based on the responses of his fans, friends and followers, the Aussie legend came up with his top 10 speed players.

Surprisingly, Warne did not name a fast bowler from India. In his top-10 list of pacers, Warne went with three Australians- Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson, and his former teammate Glenn McGrath. Lillee picked up 458 wickets in 133 international appearances, while Thompson bagged 255 headers in 101 appearances. McGrath, on the other hand, took 563 wickets in 124 Tests and 381 headers in 250 ODIs.

Warne also selected three pacers from West India – Malcolm Marshall, Curtley Ambrose and Michael Holding. Marshall took 376 wickets in 81 Test matches, while Holding took 249 headers in 60 Tests. Similarly, Walsh completed his glorious career with 405 wickets in 98 matches in the longest format.

For the remaining four bowlers, Warne has chosen the New Zealand legend Richard Hadlee, former captain of Pakistan Wasim Akram, third highest wicketkeeper in Tests, James Anderson and recently retired South African pacemaker Dale Steyn.

Hadlee took 431 wickets in 86 Tests and 158 in 115 ODIs, while Akram took 414 scallops in 104 Tests and 502 wickets in 356 ODIs.

When it comes to Anderson, the veteran English pacemaker recently surpassed Indian legend Anil Kumble to become the third tallest wicketkeeper in the longest format. Anderson has taken 630 wickets in 166 Tests so far. In one-day games, Anderson bagged 269 headers in 194 games. Steyn also scored 699 wickets in 264 international matches.

‘No specific order, my top 10 fast bowlers … Lillee, Akram, Marshall, McGrath, Ambrose, Steyn, Hadlee, Thommo, Holding, Anderson,’ Warne wrote on the micro-blog site.

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