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    Players of 2004

    Expanding on Marc's thread, but more for players than moments... I've not watched all too much cricket this year, so this is mostly only from what I've seen...

    Best Player: (I don't feel like putting one player down, but I guess some people might...)
    Best Batsman: Jacques Kallis
    Best Bowler: ...probably Glen McGrath. Tough call, though.
    Best All-Rounder: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Keeper: Too close to call between many keepers. I don't include batting for this one, so yeah.
    Best Fielder: Paul Collingwood, narrowly beating Ponting, Harris and Powell (I've only seen one or two games involving Symonds, and he's not been better than Collingwood in those games - although from what I hear, he's done magnificent things, and had I seen them he may have got this one)
    Best Captain: Stephen Fleming
    Best Team: Australia (well, that was a no-brainer)
    Best Personality: Shoaib Akhtar
    Best Newcomer: Andrew Strauss
    Best Return to Form: Daniel Vettori
    Best Opener: I've not seen all too many Aussie games this year, but I'm still going to have to give it to Hayden - not only for yet another thousand runs in the year but also for getting darn close to 1000 runs in ODI's, too.
    Best Big Hitter: Andrew Flintoff, although that's only from what I've seen - hadn't seen enough of Gilchrist, Sehwag, Afridi etc. to say they compared. Oram, Dwayne Smith and Harmison all came close.
    Best Slow-Goer: Mark Richardson
    Best Tailender: Harmison, for those brilliant sixes... Only JUST beats McGrath with his 50, though.
    Best Seamer: Glen McGrath
    Best Swinger: Matthew Hoggard
    Best Spinner: Shane Warne
    Luckiest Player: - (Unsure)
    Unluckiest Player: Brendon McCullum
    Most Deserved Drop: Craig McMillan
    Should Have Been Dropped: - (Unsure)
    Biggest Achievement: Brian Lara. Easy.

    Predicted Player of 2005: -
    Predicted Batsman of 2005: Andrew Strauss
    Predicted Bowler of 2005: I'm actually tempted to say Dwayne Bravo... yeah, why not. Dwayne Bravo, although that's just to be different.
    Predicted Keeper of 2005: Brendon McCullum (only patriosm seperated him from the rest in this prediction )
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005: Andrew Flintoff. In my opinion, too good not to continue his form.
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    Luckiest player, probably Thami Tsolekile.. People of my standard don't usually get to play test cricket
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    Luckiest Player: Kamran Akmal

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    Was also tempted to put down Tresco for Best Captain for a moment there, even though I'm a New Zealander.


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    Best Player: Hard to say...
    Best Batsman: Jacques Kallis
    Best Bowler: Glen McGrath
    Best All-Rounder: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Keeper: Adam Gilchrist
    Best Fielder: Paul Collingwood
    Best Captain:Michael Vaughn
    Best Team: Australia
    Best Personality:Andrew Flintoff
    Best Newcomer: Andrew Strauss
    Best Return to Form: Damien Martyn/Kasprowicz
    Best Opener: Andrew Strauss/Justin Langer
    Best Big Hitter: Adam Gilchrist
    Best Slow-Goer: Mark Richardson
    Best Tailender: Jason Gillespie
    Best Seamer: Glen McGrath
    Best Swinger: Gillespie
    Best Spinner: Anil Kumble
    Luckiest Player: - Mark Butcher
    Unluckiest Player: Ian Bell
    Most Deserved Drop: Jimmy Anderson
    Should Have Been Dropped: - Mark Butcher
    Biggest Achievement: McGrath's 50

    Predicted Player of 2005: - Danish Kaneria
    Predicted Batsman of 2005: Michael Clarke
    Predicted Bowler of 2005: Simon Jones
    Predicted Keeper of 2005: AB De Villiers
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005: Glenn McGrath

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    Mark Butcher, luckiest player???

    You seen how many times he has been injured?

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    Well, to get picked ahead of some of the players on the South African tour such as Ian Bell, but fair point, I didn't think of that!

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    Best Player: Jacques Kallis
    Best Batsman: Jacques Kallis
    Best Bowler: Anil Kumble
    Best All-Rounder: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Keeper: Chris Read
    Best Fielder: Ricky Ponting
    Best Captain: Michael Vaughan
    Best Team: Australia
    Best Personality: Shoaib Akhtar
    Best Newcomer: Andrew Strauss
    Best Return to Form: Daniel Vettori
    Best Opener: Virender Sehwag
    Best Big Hitter: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Slow-Goer: Rahul Dravid
    Best Tailender: Glenn McGrath
    Best Seamer: Glenn McGrath
    Best Swinger: Michael Kasprowicz
    Best Spinner: Anil Kumble
    Luckiest Player: Shane Warne
    Unluckiest Player: Kevin Pieterson
    Most Deserved Drop: Hannan Sarkar
    Should Have Been Dropped: Simon Jones
    Biggest Achievement: Brian Lara 400*

    Predicted Player of 2005: Rahul Dravid/Damien Martyn
    Predicted Batsman of 2005: Rahul Dravid/Damien Martyn
    Predicted Bowler of 2005: Mushrafe Mortaza
    Predicted Keeper of 2005: Tatenda Taibu
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005: Kumar Sangakarra
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    Best Player: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Batsman: Jacques Kallis
    Best Bowler: Glenn McGrath
    Best All-Rounder: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Keeper: Adam Gilchrist
    Best Fielder: Ricky Ponting
    Best Captain: Michael Vaughan
    Best Team: Australia
    Best Personality: Shoaib Akhtar
    Best Newcomer: Andrew Strauss
    Best Return to Form: Michael Kasprowicz (sp?)
    Best Opener: Virender Sehwag
    Best Big Hitter: Virender Sehwag
    Best Slow-Goer: Rahul Dravid
    Best Tailender: Not sure of this
    Best Seamer: Glenn McGrath
    Best Swinger: Michael Kasprowicz
    Best Spinner: Anil Kumble
    Luckiest Player: The SA keeper...don't know his name
    Unluckiest Player: Michael Bevan
    Most Deserved Drop: Parthiv Patel
    Should Have Been Dropped: Simon Jones
    Biggest Achievement: Brian Lara 400*

    Predicted Player of 2005: Andrew Flintoff
    Predicted Batsman of 2005: Rahul Dravid/Damien Martyn
    Predicted Bowler of 2005: Glenn McGrath
    Predicted Keeper of 2005: Adam Gilchrist
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005: Andrew Flintoff

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    Best Player:Jacques Kallis
    Best Batsman: Jacques Kallis
    Best Bowler: Glenn McGrath
    Best All-Rounder:Not sure...
    Best Keeper:Not sure
    Best Fielder:Chris Harris (can he even drop a catch?)
    Best Captain:Stephen Fleming
    Best Team:Australia
    Best Personality: Shoaib Akhtar
    Best Newcomer: Andrew Strauss
    Best Return to Form: Daniel Vettori
    Best Opener: Virender Sehwag
    Best Big Hitter:Chris Cairns
    Best Slow-Goer:Mark Richardson
    Best Tailender: Mills
    Best Seamer: Glenn McGrath
    Best Swinger: Michael Kasprowicz
    Best Spinner: Anil Kumble
    Luckiest Player:Not sure
    Unluckiest Player: Michael Bevan
    Most Deserved Drop: Parthiv Patel
    Should Have Been Dropped:dunno
    Biggest Achievement: Brian Lara 400*

    Predicted Player of 2005:That's a biggie..
    Predicted Batsman of 2005:Not sure
    Predicted Bowler of 2005:Mcgrath
    Predicted Keeper of 2005:Mcullum, he seems to be only getting better
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005:Flintoff, Oram


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    Best Player: Andrew Flintoff. no-brainer really, just hope I don't hear the sound of a career peaking
    Best Batsmen: Jacques Kallis. another no-brainer. Text-book correctness & average for 04 of over 80. When in flow doesn't even look like getting out
    Best Bowler: Glenn McGrath. superb return from the big fella. Although, as an Englishmen with Ashes looming, it's pretty hateful too.
    Best All-Rounder: Andrew Flintoff. see best player. arguably only genuine all-rounder in world cricket
    Best Keeper: Kumar Sangakarra. mainly for his batting, but 20 catches & 4 stumpings ok return
    Best Fielder: Paul Collingwood. Just shades it from Gibbs. Superb athleticism & good pair of mitts.
    Best Captain: Adam Gilchrist. For India. More instinctive than the overly-cautious Punter
    Best Team: Australia. Duhhh
    Best Personality: Rob Key. Witty & self-effacing. Shame we all know where nice guys finish...
    Best Newcomer: Andrew Strauss. Who else? Fastest Englishman to 1000 runs since WW2. FEC.
    Best Return to Form: Ashley Giles. Ok. Not strictly a return, more a "Didn't know he could do that". But good to see; another decent fella doing well.
    Best Opener: Justin Langer. Nearly gave it to Strauss, but Langer top test run maker for 04.
    Best Big Hitter: Andrew Flintoff. Wonderful in full flow. Just a time & a place, eh Fred?
    Best Slow-Goer: Mark Richardson. Utter grafter. At times he looked shotless, but boy does he prize his wicket.
    Best Tailender: Jason Gillespe. most improved lower-order player. Just get a haircut Pikey!!
    Best Seamer: Glenn McGrath. See best bowler.
    Best Swinger: Michael Kasprowicz. Just what world cricket needs, another quality Aussie bowler.
    Best Spinner: Shane Warne. I know, I hate him too. But 70 wickets at slightly lower average than Kumble.
    Luckiest Player: Darren Lehmann. Now finally dropped. The finest team in the world do not need a casually racist tubby lardster in his mid-30s with Love & Katich in the wings
    Unluckiest Player: Simon Jones. Seems to bowl great spells for v little reward.
    Most Deserved Drop: Parthiv Patel. Can't keep, can't bat
    Should Have Been Dropped: Mark Butcher. 32 now. Too late for encouraging 50s & lapses in concentration.
    Biggest Achievement: Brian Lara 400* World record, innit? Probably cost Windies the game tho...

    Predicted Player of 2005: Kevin Pietersen. A shot in the dark & only if he can overcome his shyness!
    Predicted Batsman of 2005: Jacques Kallis. stick with the form horse
    Predicted Bowler of 2005: Glenn McGrath. Ditto. Ashes & out I reckon.
    Predicted Keeper of 2005: Adam Gilchrist.average year with the bat in 04, but still averaged 38. He'll be back to add 300 with the tail for The Ashes
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005: Dwanye Bravo. Batting needs work, but has everything you look for.
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    Best Player: Flintoff
    Best Batsmen: Martyn
    Best Bowler: McGrath
    Best All-Rounder: Flintoff
    Best Keeper: Gilly
    Best Fielder: Ponting
    Best Captain: Gilly
    Best Team: Australia
    Best Personality: Dizzy
    Best Newcomer: Clarke (pips Strauss with that 6/9)
    Best Return to Form: Martyn
    Best Opener: Langer
    Best Big Hitter: Gilchrist
    Best Slow-Goer: Dizzy
    Best Tailender: Dizzy
    Best Seamer: McGrath
    Best Swinger: Kaspa
    Best Spinner: Warne
    Luckiest Player: Hauritz
    Unluckiest Player: Katich
    Most Deserved Drop: dunno
    Should Have Been Dropped: Shoaib
    Biggest Achievement: Martyn conquoring Sri Lanka and India

    Predicted Player of 2005: Gilchrist
    Predicted Batsman of 2005: Clarke
    Predicted Bowler of 2005: McGrath
    Predicted Keeper of 2005: Gilchrist
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005: Dizzy
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    Best big hitter has to be Cairns. He's hit over 30 sixes this year.

    Best Tailender could be Kyle Mills. Remember his 44* off 26 (I think) deliveries? Awesome!

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    Best Player: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Batsman: Jacques Kallis
    Best Bowler: Steve Harmisson
    Best All-Rounder: Andrew Flintoff
    Best Keeper: Gerriat Jones
    Best Fielder: Ricky Ponting
    Best Captain: Michael Vaughan
    Best Team: England
    Best Personality: Shoaib Akhtar
    Best Newcomer: Andrew Strauss
    Best Return to Form: Rob Key
    Best Opener: Andrew Strauss
    Best Big Hitter: Ian Blackwell (for somerset)
    Best Slow-Goer: Rahul Dravid
    Best Tailender: Jones or Harmisson
    Best Seamer: Glenn McGrath
    Best Swinger: Michael Kasprowicz
    Best Spinner: Warne
    Luckiest Player:Strauss
    Unluckiest Player: Nasser Hussain
    Most Deserved Drop: James Anderson
    Should Have Been Dropped: Mark Butcher
    Biggest Achievement: Englands unbeaten 2004

    Predicted Player of 2005: Andrew Flintoff
    Predicted Batsman of 2005: Strauss and Ponting
    Predicted Bowler of 2005: Glenn McGrath
    Predicted Keeper of 2005: G. Jones
    Predicted All-Rounder of 2005: Andrew Flintoff
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    TEST : BEST OF 2004

    BEST PLAYER: Jaques Kallis / Damien Martyn / Andrew Flintoff
    BEST BATSMAN: Jaques Kallis / Damian Martyn / Justin Langer
    BEST BOWLER: Steve Harmison / Glenn McGrath / Anil Kumble
    BEST ALL-ROUNDER: Jaques Kallis / Andrew Flintoff / Jacob Oram
    BEST KEEPER: Adam Gilchrist / Kumar Sangakkara / Geriant Jones
    BEST FIELDER: Michael Clarke / Ricky Ponting / Matthew Hayden
    BEST CAPTAIN: Adam Gilchrist / Michael Vaughan / Ricky Ponting
    BEST TEAM: Australia / England / ???
    BEST PERSONALITY: Jason Gillespie / Glenn McGrath / Shoaib Akhtar
    BEST NEWCOMER: Michael Clarke / Andrew Strauss / ???
    BEST RETURN TO FORM: Damian Martyn / Michael Kasprowicz / Ashley Giles
    BEST OPENER: Justin Langer / Andrew Strauss / Matthew Hayden
    BEST BIG-HITTER: Adam Gilchrist / Virender Sehwag / Andrew Flintoff
    BEST SLOW-GOER: Jason Gillespie / Abdur Razzaq / Mark Richardson
    BEST TAILENDER: Jason Gillespie / Glenn McGrath / ???
    BEST SEAMER: Glenn McGrath
    BEST SWINGER: Michael Kasprowicz
    BEST SPINNER: Anil Kumble
    LUCKIEST PLAYER: Michael Kasprowicz (to get back in the side - well deserved)
    UNLUCKIEST PLAYER: Brad Hodge / Michael Bevan / Andy Bichel
    MOST DESERVED DROPPED: Darren Lehmann
    SHOULD HAVE BEEN DROPPED: ???
    BIGGEST ACHIEVEMENT: Brian Lara 400* / Glenn McGrath 61 / Glenn McGrath 8-24

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