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Lara gives Wasim the edge over McGrath


laraGlenn McGrath may be on the verge of breaking Wasim Akram’s record for the most World Cup wickets but as far as West Indies captain Brian Lara is concerned the Pakistan great remains the best bowler he’s faced in his career.

Australia quick McGrath took three for 31 in world champions Australia’s 103-run victory against hosts the West Indies here on Wednesday to move within one of Wasim’s World Cup career record of 55 wickets.


Should he draw level with the landmark on Saturday against Bangladesh, McGrath will have reached Wasim’s record in five fewer World Cup matches (33 compared to Wasim’s 38).

Lara, who made 77 against Australia, said McGrath had been helped by the fact he’d played in the last three World Cup finals — the defeat to Sri Lanka in 1996 and the wins over Pakistan and India in 1999 and 2003 respectively.

“If you play a number of World Cup matches — McGrath has been to the final in the last three World Cups, 1996, 1999 and 2003 — that means he has played a lot of games,” he explained.

“But it doesn’t take away from the fact he is an outstanding fast bowler and he deserves to be up there with the very best,” he expressed.

However, Lara said Wasim — renowned for his ability to swing the ball both ways to devastating effect and arguably the greatest left-arm quick world cricket has known — was in a class of his own.

“For me over my 15 or 16 years of playing international cricket, Tests and One-day Internationals (ODIs), Wasim Akram is definitely the most outstanding bowler I’ve ever faced,” insisted Lara, Test cricket’s all-time leading run-maker.

Wasim, the only bowler in history to have taken 500 One-day International (ODI) wickets and a key member of the Pakistan team that won the 1992 World Cup, retired four years ago.

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