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    TEMPRAMENT !! Who has the best ?

    In Bradman's Art of Cricket ( the finest cricket manual ever written) there is a chapter at the end on temprament. It is very interesting how he describes which batsman will have a better temprament.

    ' Next time you see a batsman wending his way to the wickets, give a thought to these problems. He is human like you, and desperately anxious to do well.

    Is it any wonder temprament plays such an important part in batting?

    Strangely enough, the player with the best temprament is seldom the phlegmatic, calm, unemotional person who gives you the impression that nothing could excite him.

    Nor is it the nervy, excitable fellow who can't do his pads up, can't find his gloves or even think straight.

    I always liked to see a player who was extremely concious of his responsibilitiy and all that went with it, who was really very thrilled and enthusiastic under the surface but who kept his emotions under control. The sort of chap who would find it difficult to sleep or eat as usual just before a test match. That type usually posesses a high degree of nervous energy which comes into play at the critical hour.

    He may be anxious on the morning of the match, but once he sets foot on the arena he is in ful command of himself and his reflexes are quick. This man will play better in a test than in a picnic match. He is the chap for the big occasion.'


    Which batsman, in your opinion, best epitomises the type of player the Don has in mind ?

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    probably Richardson at the moment, although i think in the current innings, he was far too relaxed, did not think much of Bangladesh perhaps?

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    Stephen Rodger Waugh of recent vintage. The guy I'd choose to see off six balls to save my life. Very impressive bloke all round.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
    Stephen Rodger Waugh of recent vintage. The guy I'd choose to see off six balls to save my life. Very impressive bloke all round.
    Somehow, I thought of Dravid.

    anxious on the morning of the match, but once he sets foot on the arena he is in ful command

    extremely concious of his responsibilitiy

    very thrilled and enthusiastic under the surface but who kept his emotions under control.

    a high degree of nervous energy which comes into play at the critical hour.

    will play better in a test than in a picnic match

    I have always felt he is a bit anxious as he comes in. His record shows that he performs better on the bigger stage/bigger occasion.

    Yes Steve Waugh has a similar record but I saw Dravid as I was reading


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    Quote Originally Posted by FRAZ
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    And for now , Dravid no doubt !!!
    Yes Javed is a very good fit. Man for the big occasion.

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    steve waugh and rahul dravid easily

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    Quote Originally Posted by deeps
    steve waugh and rahul dravid easily
    i did not think of Waugh since Bradman says 'Strangely enough, the player with the best temprament is seldom the phlegmatic, calm, unemotional person who gives you the impression that nothing could excite him.'

    I thought Waugh was just that kind of person. Doesnt mean Waugh does not have the temprament but that he did not fit Bradman's description enough for me to thinkl of him.

    In fact when I sakesd the question on this thread it was not for people to say who THEY thought had the best tempramment but who they thought fitted Bradman's specified profile the best

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    Hello All,

    Good to see cricket discussion alive and well.

    Looking at this thread I am surprised that no one mentioned SRW younger brother, a certain M.E. Waugh. Here was a man as relaxed and as composed as they come. He was even known to fall asleep waiting to wait.

    Not to mention strokeplay that can only be described as excuisite.

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    Jacques Kallis is all temperament...very impressive...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Western Warrior
    Hello All,

    Good to see cricket discussion alive and well.

    Looking at this thread I am surprised that no one mentioned SRW younger brother, a certain M.E. Waugh. Here was a man as relaxed and as composed as they come. He was even known to fall asleep waiting to wait.

    Not to mention strokeplay that can only be described as excuisite.
    I thought he was a tad bit too relaxed and composed. that bit of anxiety before the test that Bradman talks of was missing.

    Mark Waugh is similar in temprament to Laxman. Relaxed, cool, almost detatched.

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    First names that came to my mind were Dravid and Strauss (Anglo-bias there in all likelihood). Dravid's the current Test batsman I'd pick to face six balls for my life (now that Gary Kirsten's retired. Graham Thorpe is usually there when it matters, too.
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    Dravid and Thorpe came to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    i did not think of Waugh since Bradman says 'Strangely enough, the player with the best temprament is seldom the phlegmatic, calm, unemotional person who gives you the impression that nothing could excite him.'
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