Don't think Mahela is that close. Even ABdV would be closer IMO.
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Amla's just all-round better than Clarke I'd have to say. I just feel that a guy like Amla has the technique and mental fortitude to ride out a period of sustained pressure that Clarke just couldn't deal with for too long imo.
Would love to see how often Clarke gets bowled in tests percentage wise, think he could be potentially quite fallable to a guy bringing the ball back into him often - like an Onions.
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Yeah I'd probably pick Amla right now as well. The guy just doesn't seem to have an obvious weakness at the moment, a lot of his dismissals in the series came from good "fortune" or brainsnaps more than actual flaws in his game. Clarke tends to try and hit his way out of a period of intense pressure - which is working, tbf, but it's risky.
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It'd hard to balance the team really; I want both Amla and Sangakkara in there but it's hard because they've both scored all their runs at three and you wouldn't really want Kallis lower than four either. Until a couple of weeks ago my option was to just cheat and make Amla open, but Cook's more than forced his way in as a specialist opener now. Chanderpaul and Clarke are without doubt the best lower middle order players going at the moment so I'd probably include them both and (controversially?) leave Amla out, but it's hard. Any of that entire top six barring Kallis could find themselves out of my side on any given day if I was asked to name one, including either of the openers. Seven just doesn't go into six. Pietersen is in the next tier down for mine.
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I don't think Mahela is exceptionally close but he would look fine in the second World XI team. I was just throwing a name into the ring to try and work out who Prince thinks is better than Clarke and KP. Only other name I can think of is Younis Khan.
Yeah also a good shout. Really the clear alternative is Chanders and I'm not picking him after a middle order of Amla/Sanga/Kallis given the alternatives available.
Basically my point was that you can't just scoff at the use of minutes to judge how quick a bloke scored and then use sessions in the next post.
FTR I'd rather use neither and just go by strike rate, unless like Spark mentioned, one is making a general point rather than a detailed comparison.
You're not forcing out Smith instead of Cook? Or are you locking him in?
FTR I'm batting Sanga at 3 and putting Amla at 5. Has the game.
Prior gets in ahead of Sanga for mine. Bats at 5 for his county and has
been sporadically at 6 in tests but where he bats wouldn't bother him - he's just in much better form and there very close as overall players.
Nah you can't leave out Sanga IMO. Has been too good for too long, and it's not like he has many holes left to plug at in his record nowadays.
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