Originally Posted by Jono
See, I'm willing to take the WC argument. That is fine. And I don't even have Dhoni near Bevan yet. However I can understand where the finisher arguments have come from. They are similar to Hussey.
Do you protest the arguments against Hussey being compared to Bevan in ODIs? Because those weren't from World Cups, but non-WC matches.
How much of Bevan are you actually placing on WC matches? Many of his famous innings were played at home in Australia. Others in India in random tri-series.
I hold Hussey to the same standard I hold Dhoni. And I think, really, he was better than the other two when I look at ability. But I do not hold Hussey as Bevan's equal precisely for the same reasons I do not hold Dhoni his equal.
Outside of the WCs, their records are pretty close but I'd maintain that Bevan was more complete and his averages across opponents is incredibly consistent. I listed several of his notable WC knocks months
back when we were discussing this. I put a lot of value on them but it's not like his record rests on them. He has an incredible record regardless and as a finisher is unmatched IMO - especially when you look at the bowling attacks of ODI back then.