Originally Posted by Richard
Nope, all the attacks were Test quality by then aside from New Zealand's. Ames' record was better against the weaker teams but that hasn't stopped Mohammad Yousuf from being praised to the rafters. There's no question whatsoever that Ames was good enough to play for England as a specialist bat.
The issue is not whether he was good enough to play as a specialist bat, it's whether he changed the game.
Quite simply, he didnt because no country felt obliged to select someone with top batting skills as their keeper just to compete until Gilchrist came along