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    Ugly but effective

    There are plenty of stylish looking batsmen around (Mark Waugh, Martyn, Attapattu, Dravid, Vaughan, Kallis, Astle, Gibbs, Tendulkar, Laxman....etc etc). Even Ian Bell is stylish.

    But there are also plenty of ugly looking batsmen that perform.

    For me the ugliest but effective batsmen are:

    Chris Gayle
    Marcus Trescothick
    Abdul Razzaq
    Shivnarine Chanderpaul

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    Darren Lehman was pretty ugly in more ways than one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chalky
    Darren Lehman was pretty ugly in more ways than one.
    OI! Don't diss the Boof.....it was his tremendous body weight that allowed him to biff attacks!

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    If he was still play Mark Richardson would have to top the ''ugly but affective'' list.He had about three shots, but with determination and patience he managed to do well in test cricket.

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    Gary Kirsten would probably qualify - not a lot of flair, but very effective.

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    Quote Originally Posted by southern man
    If he was still play Mark Richardson would have to top the ''ugly but affective'' list.He had about three shots, but with determination and patience he managed to do well in test cricket.
    Agree 100% with Mark Richardson - Not a great deal of natural talent but knew his game (limited as it may have been) inside out !!!...also agree with Gary Kirsten.

    Thinking about it Justin Langer isn't so pretty to watch

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    Also.....I started a similar thread to this a while ago that may be of interest.

    http://forum.cricketweb.net/showthread.php?t=11403

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    Who was the worst looking Indian batsman? There have not been that many good ones coming through, but most Indian batsmen seem to be pleasing to watch when in flow.
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    Adam Gilchrist. Never looks in control. Gayle is similar, but more spectacular/innovative imo.

    I certainly don't agree with the selection of Mark Richardson. He was extremely compact, tidy, and in control imo. In many ways he was the exact opposite of the batsman I had in mind when I saw this thread.

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    "Those gritty players over the years that don't often look elegant or look like natural strokeplayers who have made up for this due to their great concentration and guts.

    They are usually so effective because they learn to play within their limitations."

    It's interesting the way different people construe "ugly" batting. imo gritty players with concentration usually look quite good at the crease, because they are always battling for technical correctness and to get everything into the right position, so to speak.

    Also, I usually think that batsman who "play within their limitations" are less likely to play appallingly loose, ugly attacking shots.

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    Matthew Bell he was the ugliest to watch.

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