In terms of most naturally talented players to play for New Zealand in your time of watching or if possible off all NZ batsmen?
In my time I would say he is up near the top, if he isn't. Perhaps you can add Craig McMillan but he has never had the application to do well at Test level. Stephen Fleming when he is fine touch, but his has been mental in not converting 50's into 100's so he will go down as merely a 'good' player then a world class one he could have been. As for Nathan Astle I always considered him to be on the inconsistent side, not to take away his ability when he was in form.