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    Greatest/worst stone wallers?

    For me it is Alec Bannermann who played in the first ever Test along with his brother Charles - who once batted for 3 days to make his highest Test score of 94 - an average of 12 runs an hour

    Seriously what goes through their minds?
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    It's primarily a lack of confidence in their own ability, I think. Someone like Trevor Gripper definately lacked confidence out in the middle, and it didn't help that he was taught to bat by his father Ray Gripper who was a stonewalling opener for Rhodesia. Trevor just couldn't believe he could score runs any other way. Whether or not he actually had the ability to do so is immaterial- so long as he believed he didn't, he would be a stonewaller.

    Others do it to fulfill a role in the team, obviously Mark Richardson decided to play very defensively because the rest of New Zealand's batsmen are very aggressive. Boycott probably did something similar, though some say he lacked belief in his own natural talent (not his own natural ability!) and would have scored faster if he just believed he could.

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    Bob taylor, offically the most boring batsmen with a strike rate of 27.14 runs per 100 balls.

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    I'd say Jason Gillespie, but his 200 ruined that theory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig
    For me it is Alec Bannermann who played in the first ever Test along with his brother Charles - who once batted for 3 days to make his highest Test score of 94 - an average of 12 runs an hour

    Seriously what goes through their minds?
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    You know it makes sense.

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    I remember being bored to death by watching Chis Tavaré, but maybe his SR was better than in my memory

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    This may well lead to a ******* of abuse, but I find Trescothick, whilst knowing he's far from a stonewaller, incredibly boring to watch. I watched all of the Ashes last year, and I know he made runs during that series, but I can't remember thinking anything he did was interesting or watchable thing he did with the bat. It's as if my brain rejects him.

    I suppose this is more my problem than his

    EDIT: hmmm - "t o r r e n t" without spaces triggers the swear filter?

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    Well, it's usually used in reference to the illegal downloading, especially on forums.

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    Sunny Gavaskar, Hanif Mohammad. Good batsmen but apparently they were boring as hell.
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    Greatest stonewaller ( ie, IMO the most effective stonewaller) is Border.
    The only thing that made him a great batsman rather than an ordinary one was his exceptional grittyness and sheer 'hang on for dear life' mentality. Wasnt very sound technically and one of the few batsmen i've watched ( thouh limitedly) who had just a few scoring shots but an excellent defense.
    I used to consider Gavaskar for that spot ( since in my books Gavaskar is a superior batsman than Border) but he had all the shots in the book and he demonstrated that he could tear apart a bowling attack akin to Viv a couple of times ( such as him blasting Holding and Marshall in their pomp all over the park).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    This may well lead to a ******* of abuse, but I find Trescothick, whilst knowing he's far from a stonewaller, incredibly boring to watch. I watched all of the Ashes last year, and I know he made runs during that series, but I can't remember thinking anything he did was interesting or watchable thing he did with the bat. It's as if my brain rejects him.

    I suppose this is more my problem than his

    EDIT: hmmm - "t o r r e n t" without spaces triggers the swear filter?
    It's understandable with his stand and deliver approach to batting, hardly great to watch but don't see why it should be brought up in a stonewallers thread, he hardly hangs about when it comes to making his runs.

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