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    Lesser mortals from his team also do not have problems touching him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    It must be me? But I quite enjoyed watching Ponting and Hayden, I thought they batted well, and played many fine shots.
    And the fault doesnt lie wit Hayden and Ponting. It lies with the lousy West Indian side. Fit to join the minnows. Naturally the best in the world making mincemeat of pretenders cant be great fun. But we dont blame Federer for the lousy spectacle his thrashing of the 500th ranked player in the first round of a grand slam makes

    If you dont like it dont watch it.

    I dont. (But I watch as long as Lara is batting since I know it is a privilege to be able to do so live)

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS
    If you dont like it dont watch it.

    I dont. (But I watch as long as Lara is batting since I know it is a privilege to be able to do so live)
    SJS are you asking and answering your own questions ?
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush
    Talk about kicking a man when he's down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178
    Talk about kicking a man when he's down.
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    I agree with the Lara part but I fail to realise why you're critisising Matty Hayden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh
    I agree with the Lara part but I fail to realise why you're critisising Matty Hayden.
    Pretty much seconded. I couldn't give a stuff how he scores his runs as long as he does.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thierry henry
    Your anti-statistical attitude rather ignores the fact that cricket is about one team trying to score more runs than the other. Average is a calculation of average runs scored. Hence, while your post makes sense in terms of "who I would prefer to watch", it makes no sense whatsoever in terms of who is actually the better batsman.
    Erm, players playing on different pitches etc means that stats are rarely any use unless comparing players in the same game played on the same pitch (and even then one game doesn't make/break a player).
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    Pratyush made this thread worth clicking LMAO! That photo is great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    SJS are you asking and answering your own questions ?
    I meant, I watch but I dont crib If one is going to crib, might as well not watch. My wife watches every soap ever made (and she watches them twice a day since some of them are telecast twice) but keeps cribbing that they are so predictable and so repititive

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    your asumption that Hayden is an emotionless is robot based on what exactly?

    are you his mother?do you know him personaly?have you ever spoke to him?

    No?thought not.

    Are you that stupid to think a player who's scored over 6000 test runs doesn't like batting at all and only does it because he gets paid?

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    Bizarre timing for this criticism as well.

    What exactly was boring about Ponting's century, under the circumstances? You clame that he "ground out a century to inflate his average", and yet he was scoring at close to a run a ball for the majority of the time, and in fact he and Hayden belted the West Indies seamers out of the attack, and Chanderpaul was forced to send down more than half his overs in that second innings from part-time spinners to slow the scoring. Ponting was dropped, he took chances, he struck repated boundaries and he scored quickly. It is not as if he took 250 balls to get there and pushed the lead on past 700 just because he could.

    And as far as accusing batsmen of being ugly and unenjoyable to watch, I find Ponting anything but. Ponting is, quite simply, one of the best players of the pull and hook shots the game has ever seen, and almost unquestionably the best practitioner in the world today. He is devastating off his pads, and drives gloriously on the up. The only area where (in terms of attacking strokes) he isn't quite in the league of some of his peers is square of the wicket on the off-side, and no player is perfect. He's a superb player of pace bowling in any conditions, and once he gets set at the crease he is incredibly hard to either dismiss OR tie down. Lara is my favourite batsman in the world to watch, but Ponting is no Chris Tavare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    are you his mother?do you know him personaly?have you ever spoke to him?
    Ahaha, I can imagine his mother saying "Ah Matthew, he's a fine lad. A bit robotic, though."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Hussey
    He is a great player. One of the all time greats. But he is past it now.
    Once again, neglecting the SuperFarce:

    Brian Lara in 2005

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    Such insight!

    Average of 65+ over his last 25 Tests. 10 hundreds and 6 fifties in 45 innings. 8 of the 10 centuries have been 150+, with 5 of them at 190+.

    Even if you remove 400 not out, he still averages 55.76 over the period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Isolator
    Ahaha, I can imagine his mother saying "Ah Matthew, he's a fine lad. A bit robotic, though."

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