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'Marshall is what quick bowling is all about'
Part one: Alec Stewart picks the best bowlers he played against. First up, Maco (00:00)
Producer: Ranjit Shinde
October 16, 2012
'Marshall is what quick bowling is all about'October 16, 2012
Malcolm Marshall - top of the list for me. Amazingly, he didn't get me out in international cricket. I played a fair bit against him - Surrey v Hampshire, and also in both one-day internationals and Test match cricket. I made my debut against him back in 1990, at Sabina Park.
Marshall had everything - high-quality quick bowler, everything bar the actual height. He was under six feet, but he was one of the quickest bowlers I ever faced. He swung the ball both ways with great control. Because of his height, he pitched the ball up that little bit further, whereas most quick bowlers bowled that little bit shorter, and you hang back on the back foot more. But Marshall asked questions - do you get forward, do you get back, and if he saw you coming too far forward, then he had a great bouncer as well, not just on pace but the direction. It was always there to hit you. So you had to make sure that you got out of the way. And if you are a hooker or puller then you had to make sure you were on your game as well, or else he would clean you up.
Marshall, to me, was a complete quick bowler. I played him on my debut at Sabina Park. I played against him on a very quick pitch at The Oval, the final Test match of the series in 1991, when Curtly Ambrose played as well and ran in and bowled a rapid spell there.
For me, Marshall was an absolute master. A real champion, both as a person and as a player. But with the ball in his hand he was fearsome and absolute top-quality.
Marshall, to me, would be the great quick bowler of the period I played against. He was the best bowler I played against. I was just starting off my international career when he was finishing. I had seen him play a lot on TV as well. He was part of that great West Indies side. To me, Marshall is what quick bowling is all about, and it was a challenge, a challenge I did my best at.
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