Originally Posted by Mr Mxyzptlk
Quality post. But I'd question whether Symonds is really a better ODI player than Trescothick.
Bowls, and is one of the best fielders in the world. On top of that he's absolutely devastating with the bat at times, and since the WC has been brilliant.
He's the better player alright.
Its closer if you count just batting, but even so, I reckon most teams would rather Symonds than Trescothick. Even if he doesn't face the new ball. Otherwise you could use that argument for every good but not great opener against great middle order batsmen.