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  • Victor Trumper

    16 25.40%
  • Stan McCabe

    3 4.76%
  • Bill Ponsford

    3 4.76%
  • Neil Harvey

    4 6.35%
  • Lindsay Hassett

    0 0%
  • Bob Simpson

    0 0%
  • Greg Chappell

    16 25.40%
  • Allan Border

    4 6.35%
  • Steve Waugh

    12 19.05%
  • Ricky Ponting

    4 6.35%
  • Matthew Hayden

    1 1.59%
  • Damien Martyn

    0 0%
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    Second greatest Australian batsman

    At the request of SJS in the Greatest English Batsman thread, here's one for Australia, excluding Bradman who would undoubtedly finish first. Personally, my choice is Greg Chappell, by a small margin.

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    Gilchrist :P
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Gilchrist :P
    Haha. I knew someone would want to vote for someone I didn't put in there. I only added Damien Martyn at the last second, and nearly put Gilchrist and Langer in there too. :P

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    Ooooh. No Arthur Morris or Doug Walters? Or Dean Jones? Controversial!

    Greg Chappell was a beautifully balanced player, from the clips I've seen of him.

    It's tempting to go for Victor Trumper. From what I've read he was a genuine colossus of the early game & played his greatest innings on difficult pitches.

    My vote to SR Waugh tho. Just about the perfect temperament for a batter; superb concentration & ruthlessly analysed his own game more than any batter I've ever seen.
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    Charlie MacCartney, Arthur Morris, Doug Walters and Adam Gilchrist should be on that list.

    Contemporary opinion would point to Trumper - no other Australian batsman bar Bradman has ever been quite so revered and regard with awe, deference, and devotion among the players and commentators of the time. The stats however would point to Chappell, Hayden or Ponting.
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    It's a very difficult choice for me to make, for I've seen Australian batsman who've played only over the last 15 years and not before.

    I've heard/read a lot about Greg Chappell. However, having not seen him bat, would unfortunately mean that I'm not in a position to rate him #2.

    Of all the Aussie batsmen that I've seen, I'd say Ricky Ponting gets my vote as the best, although I'd call it a close race between him and Steve Waugh.

    It's unfair IMO, to leave Mark Waugh out of the poll, one of the classiest batsmen I've ever watched. He didn't get the farewell he deserved.
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    greg chappell for me closely followed by allan border and steve waugh...

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    Had to go for Waugh - plenty of top choices there though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    Charlie MacCartney, Arthur Morris, Doug Walters and Adam Gilchrist should be on that list.

    Contemporary opinion would point to Trumper - no other Australian batsman bar Bradman has ever been quite so revered and regard with awe, deference, and devotion among the players and commentators of the time. The stats however would point to Chappell, Hayden or Ponting.
    so in your opinion who should it be?
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    Well, Hayden has a great record but the standard of fast bowling in his time was pretty low, and a number of people accuse him of being a flat track bully. On the rare occasions he was up against a high quality fast bowler the runs appear to be harder to come by.

    So, either Trumper, Chappell, Ponting or possibly Harvey would get my vote.

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    I voted Trumper because I thought other people would not (most recent is remembered most fondly syndrome), but would be perfectly happy to go for Chappell, Ponting or Harvey if pushed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    I voted Trumper because I thought other people would not (most recent is remembered most fondly syndrome), but would be perfectly happy to go for Chappell, Ponting or Harvey if pushed.
    so is that based on what ex players, cricket writers have said about Trumper or is it based on FACT (ie using averages etc)

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    Greg 'under arm' Chappell for me. Steve Waugh was a great captain (but who wouldnt be with players like that at his disposal!).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swervy
    so is that based on what ex players, cricket writers have said about Trumper or is it based on FACT (ie using averages etc)
    It is based on what ex players have said. Trumper's stats are comparatively modest but he played in a completely different era on dire pitches and was confronted by frequent sticky wickets so averages are pointless really.

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