Good points, Baroque. Still remember the odd test match that, after most of five days, more or less came down to a 20/20 match.
One 'firm favourite' has to be the 1981 Headingley Test. That's usually (and deservedly) referred to as 'Botham's Test' since it was only his 149 N.O. that made an England victory possible at all. But it has to be remembered that Australia, in their second innings, only needed a 'paltry' 129 runs to win.
I sort of 'missed' Botham's innings as I was in France at the time, driving the wife and kids back from a holiday in (of all places) St. Tropez. Thing was, though, in the ferry car park at Calais, my car happened to be the only one with a radio that could pick up the BBC commentary. Botham came in just as my wife marshalled the kids and took them off to the terminal for a wash-and-brush-up - I swear that, by the time they got back, he'd got his 50 - and my car was the centre of a cheering crowd of a hundred or so England fans.......
But I was home, with the TV on, the next day. One has to remember that Australia only needed 128 to win that morning; everyone thought that, despite Botham's heroics, Australia scoring those would be a formality. The man who changed that was Bob Willis. Given the circumstances (perfect weather, a pretty 'blameless' pitch, a demoralised England team, and Australia in top form) I STILL think that his (literally matchless) 8 wickets for 43 in only 15 overs remains the best (and most decisive) spell of sustained, accurate fast bowling that the cricketing world has yet seen.
I'm sure that others will disagree. No harm in that. By all means provide details (preferably with videos) of YOUR 'best bowling spell' candidates........
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