Marc's ratings part 4 - batting depth
Next in my list is the depth of the batting - this takes into account the quality and how deep it goes. From best to worst I rank them as follows:
G.I.Joe - Having already highly rated the top 6, seeing Cairns, Morkel, Lee as 8, 9, 10 is for me the depth a team needs.
Noble One - Whilst they lack in the lower-middle order, they follow it up with a 7 and 8 who could quite easily be switched with the current 5 and 6, and then have Harvey at 9, who is no slouch himself.
Cevno - Another who's order could be switched - Flintoff who comes in at 8 has multiple ODI tons.
Blakus - Thorpe at 7 is an extravagance, but he's comfortably better than any of the other players named in that position. Oh yes, and AA got a ton at Lords (may have been in Tests, but he's AA so that doesn't matter for me!)
weldone - As with the SA side of the 90s and early 00's, Boucher and Pollock are a dangerous pairing to follow the main batsmen.
Himannv - Another case where come the end of their careers this side could be higher up the order, but for me, Mathews and Shakib aren't quite dependable enough as yet when compared to other teams.
Pskov - The presence of Saqlain at 9 and Akram at 8 means this team doesn't have sufficient late order batting for me.
Somerset - 3 rabbits here as well, meaning Shastri and Warne isn't deep enough to compete with the better sides.
Pothas - An already unproven lower-middle order isn't helped by having Hogg at 8 and Bond at 9.
honestbharani - Gillespie may have made more test double-hundreds than Kallis, but if he's batting 8 then there's too much for the top order to do.
marc71178 - President and founding member of AAAS - we don't only appreciate when he does well, but also when he's not quite so good!
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