View Poll Results: Who is the #2 Opener between 1986-2006 (to partner Hayden)

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  • Anwar

    16 21.33%
  • Boon

    1 1.33%
  • Gibbs

    1 1.33%
  • Gooch

    10 13.33%
  • Haynes

    0 0%
  • Jayasuriya

    2 2.67%
  • Kirsten

    4 5.33%
  • Langer

    11 14.67%
  • Richardson

    4 5.33%
  • Sehweg

    16 21.33%
  • Sidhu

    0 0%
  • Slater

    3 4.00%
  • Smith

    1 1.33%
  • Strauss

    2 2.67%
  • Taylor

    0 0%
  • Trescothick

    2 2.67%
  • Vaughan

    2 2.67%
  • Wright

    0 0%
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Thread: # 2 Opener between 1986-2006

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    # 2 Opener between 1986-2006

    For people just joining this thread, we are aiming to pick the best XI over the last 20-years. To re-cap, the team will consist of 2 openers, 3 batsman, 1 allrounder, 1 WK, 2 pace bowlers and 2 spinners and only players that meet the following criteria during 1986-2006 can be nominated:

    Minimum Tests: 20
    Batting ave: > 40
    Keeper's batting ave: > 25 and averaging at least 3 dismissal per test
    Allrounder: batting ave > 20 and bowling ave < 35
    Fast bowler: bowling ave < 30 and strike rate of < 60
    Spinners: bowling ave < 35 and strike rate of < 75


    The 1986-2006 World XI so far:

    1. Matthew Hayden (LHB): 84 tests, 7326 runs, 53.08, 26 centuries, 26 fifties

    Now onto the second Opener position:

    Openers figures between 1986-2006

    Anwar (LHB): 55 tests, 4052 runs, 45.52, 11 centuries, 25 fifties - - - as opener [3957 @ 47.10]
    Boon (RHB): 95 tests, 6824 runs, 45.79, 20 centuries, 28 fifties - - - as opener [2447 @ 44.49]
    Gibbs (RHB): 79 tests, 5728 runs, 44.40, 14 centuries, 22 fifties - - - as opener [5018 @ 50.68]
    Gooch (RHB): 70 tests, 5873 runs, 45.52, 15 centuries, 29 fifties - - - as opener [5268 @ 45.41]
    Haynes (RHB): 62 tests, 4253 runs, 44.30, 11 centuries, 19 fifties - - - as opener [4238 @ 44.61]
    Jayasuriya (LHB): 105 tests, 6745 runs, 41.12, 14 centuries, 30 fifties - - - as opener [5752 @ 42.60]
    Kirsten (LHB): 101 tests, 7289 runs, 45.27, 21 centuries, 34 fifties - - - as opener [5726 @ 41.79]
    Langer (LHB): 100 tests, 7393 runs, 45.35, 22 centuries, 29 fifties - - - as opener [4809 @ 48.57]
    Richardson (LHB): 38 tests, 2776 runs, 44.77, 4 centuries, 19 fifties - - - as opener [2770 @ 44.67]
    Sehwag (RHB): 49 tests, 4066 runs, 52.12, 12 centuries, 12 fifties - - - as opener [3727 @ 54.01]
    Sidhu (RHB): 49 tests, 3163 runs, 43.32, 9 centuries, 15 fifties - - - as opener [2891 @ 43.14]
    Slater (RHB): 74 tests, 5312 runs, 42.83, 14 centuries, 21 fifties - - - as opener [5312 @ 42.83]
    Smith (LHB): 48 tests, 3891 runs, 49.25, 11 centuries, 14 fifties - - - as opener [3659 @ 50.85]
    Strauss (LHB): 30 tests, 2505 runs, 46.38, 10 centuries, 7 fifties - - - as opener [2505 @ 46.38]
    Taylor (LHB): 104 tests, 7525 runs, 43.39, 19 centuries, 49 fifties - - - as opener [7525 @ 43.39]
    Trescothick (LHB): 75 tests, 5825 runs, 43.79, 14 centuries, 29 fifties - - - as opener [5824 @ 43.78]
    Vaughan (RHB): 64 tests, 4595 runs, 42.94, 15 centuries, 14 fifties - - - as opener [2755 @ 49.19]
    Wright (LHB): 38 tests, 3019 runs, 45.05, 8 centuries, 14 fifties - - - as opener [2973 @ 44.37]
    Last edited by aussie tragic; 22-08-2006 at 11:42 AM.

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    Anwar has been the most consistent performer even if his average doesn't show it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armadillo
    Anwar has been the most consistent performer even if his average doesn't show it.
    I think his average is fine, I just can't decide if I should pick who the next best opener is (Anwar), or should I go with the next best RHB to give a L/R opening combination?

    Edit: Sehwag it is.
    Last edited by aussie tragic; 22-08-2006 at 11:45 AM.

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    Looking for someone to open with Hayden? Well... It's gotta be Langer.
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    going for Gooch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup
    Looking for someone to open with Hayden? Well... It's gotta be Langer.
    He's got a point there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh
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    Boon , considering the opposition he faced ie West Indian pace quartet .(+Ambrose/Walsh ) more than any others on seamier pitches.

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    Gooch for me

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    It was between Gooch and Haynes for me. I chose Gooch since he faced Windies and did well.

    Haynes, did better against Australia by the way.

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    Best Australian partner - Slater
    Best Overseas partner - Anwar

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    Quote Originally Posted by JASON
    Boon , considering the opposition he faced ie West Indian pace quartet .(+Ambrose/Walsh ) more than any others on seamier pitches.
    We've already established that Boon shouldn't really be considered as an opener..

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