Which is the greatest open bowling partnership of all time?

Ashes 2019 - First Test - England v Australia - Edgbaston, Birmingham, Britain - August 1, 2019 England's Stuart Broad and James Anderson
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With the 2019 Ashes underway at Edgbaston this week, between England and Australia, one of the great bowling partnerships of all time will be possibly making their final Ashes series appearances – Anderson and Broad.

The odds at Betway sports are in favour of an England series win but there is as an expectation from ‘down under’ that Australia could well retain the Ashes urn by drawing the series but it could all rest on how well Anderson and Broad perform throughout the series.

A fascinating article by Adam Drury explores some of the great bowling partnerships throughout cricket history including – Ambrose and Walsh 230 matches  and 924 wickets, Anderson and Broad 274 matches and 1012 wickets, Akram and Younis 191 matches  and 787 wickets, Lillee and Thomson 121 matches  and 555 wickets and Larwood and Voce 48 matches and 176 wickets.

In the article, Drury also interviews West Indian legends Ambrose and Walsh about fast bowling….

“As part of the fast bowling fraternity, and very passionate about it, I love to see fast bowlers doing well,” says Ambrose, when asked how he feels about his modern-day successors.

For me, it’s a pleasure to see bowlers doing better than former greats.”

“What Jimmy [Anderson] and Stuey [Broad] have done for the game, for example, is tremendous,” says Walsh. “Hopefully another partnership will come along that will be even better.”

So which is the greatest opening bowler partnership of all time – it has to be Anderson and Broad on the stats – but would you like face any of them in their prime?

But what about the 1st Test and England’s chances of getting off to a winning start? Cricket World correspondent Saksham Mishra comments – ‘’James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes will be their leading pacers, with Moeen Ali providing the spin option. The Australians might be edging England on paper, but with Root and boys playing in the home conditions, they have to start as favourites.’’

So England to win the Ashes and Anderson and Broad the greatest open g bowling partnership of all time!

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