View Poll Results: Who is the better Test Cricketer?

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  • Matt Prior

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  • Brad Haddin

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    Prior V Haddin

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    Prior, pretty comfortably for me.

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    Haddin is quality and in better nick atm, but Prior is clearly ahead. This comparison is only a thing because of one poster with a blue eye patch.
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    This is a bit of an unfortunate comparison because Haddin did not get a chance in tests until he was past his best. I have a suspicion that Haddin was probably a better cricketer in his prime but there is no doubt that Prior has had the better test career.


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    I think there's little between their keeping, which considering Haddin's age says a by about Prior. I also think Prior has been fortunate (that's the wrong word tbf to him) to have had a decent amount of his prime in the test side.

    I don't believe Prior is better than Haddin tbh. People can't say Haddin's not as flash because of his last 12 months before he left the test side the first time, but then turn around and say "oh well, Matty's just out of form at the mo".

    I think they are actually very close with the bat, closer than their averages would suggest. Both hit or miss, both attacking and both capable of taking a game away from the opposition. They can both also be utterly infuriating to their supporters.

    I actually think it's pretty close to a tie between them overall, though i do believe in his prime Haddin was a better glove man than Prior.

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    He debuted at around age 30 iirc. Batting wise, that's smack bang in the middle of his prime if he followed the general trend of batsmen peaks. I agree he's an underrated keeper though. He may have been taken for granted a bit until Wade came along.

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    Haddin the better keeper, Prior the slightly better bat. Both very very good international players.

    Prior's knock in NZ to save England the series probably better than any knock Haddin's ever played, but one knock doesn't define a career.
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    I don't see Haddin as the better keeper, tbh. Even with his batting in the crapper Prior's work is generally tidier, especially when standing up.

    At the moment tho, there's no comparison. I'm not one for meaningless extrapolations from their overall body of work. As I've said before, cricket isn't played in stasis, it's played in the here and now, and here and now it's Haddin.
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    Haddin's most underrated moment in his career was his catch to dismiss Salman Butt down legside back in the famous "possibly match fixed" match in Sydney 2009.

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    That was one amazing catch

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    Haddin just going through a purple patch and exciting the fanbois. Nothing to get excited about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Haddin is quality and in better nick atm, but Prior is clearly ahead. This comparison is only a thing because of one poster with a blue eye patch.
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    Haddin the better batsman and keeper.

    But other than that, yeah sure lets go Prior!

    Talk about one of the most overrated players of this generation, sheesh. Makes Anthony Koutoufides look underrated.
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    Since the 80's the only keeper/bat i'd swap Prior for is Gilchrist. That is how highly I rate him, Haddin and Dhoni just behind him though. Been a great few years for keeper/bats as far as watching is concerned, shame that proper keepers don't get a look though.

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    Prior the better keeper quite clearly.

    I do rate Haddin the batsman though.
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