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    The 10 players who will "define" cricket in the next decade

    According to Indian press, Wisden Cricketer has an article on the ten players they thing will define cricket in the next decade. I think it's an interesting list.
    http://inhome.rediff.com/cricket/2007/may/23raina.htm

    Michael Clarke (Aus)
    Shaun Tait (Aus)
    Shane Watson (Aus)
    Kevin Pietersen (Eng)
    Mohammad Asif (Pak)
    Lasith Malinga (Sri)
    Suresh Raina (Ind)
    Dwayne Bravo (WI)
    Ross Taylor (NZ)
    Mohammad Ashraful (Ban)

    Interesting gaps to me are the lack of a South African on the list, as well as the lack of a spin bowler. Anyone have any thoughts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    Interesting gaps to me are the lack of a South African on the list, as well as the lack of a spin bowler. Anyone have any thoughts?
    Hmm. I was gonna make the same point about Englishmen tbh.

    Seriously tho, no Monty is a slight surprise. Regardless of his qualities as a player (and I'm a fan), he is definitely box office.
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    Ashraful is laughable (especially given his inclusion at the expense of South Africans and Englishmen), Raina wholly questionable and Tait decidedly undecided.

    That is all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Hmm. I was gonna make the same point about Englishmen tbh.

    Seriously tho, no Monty is a slight surprise. Regardless of his qualities as a player (and I'm a fan), he is definitely box office.
    Yeah, Monty would be a nice add actually


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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Ashraful is laughable (especially given his inclusion at the expense of South Africans and Englishmen), Raina wholly questionable and Tait decidedly undecided.

    That is all.
    I'd much rather have Mortaza for Ashraful or Tait for that matter.

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    Great thread. It's hard to predict who'll be considered world class for the next generation, but one player I think who'll endure in the game for a long time, enjoy great success and one day be rated the best criketer in the world is Kevin Pietersen. There's a touch of genius about him, and I love his confidence. Hard to see him being a failure from my point of view.

    Actually I think England might resurface as a fine team again in a few years. Liam Plunkett is only 21 and getting the ball to reverse. I quite like him. I'm not confident he'll be world class one day, but he has the potential to be.

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    Ashraful is not even Bangladesh's most promising batsman so no idea why he is on the list. Also not sure if Raina deserves to be, though he is really young (can't remember quite how young but IIRC he is still a teenager) so he has plent of time to prove his worth yet. Also not sure about Bravo and Taylor, both of whom have absolute bags of talent but I doubt somewhat whether they will ever be able to harness them, Bravo based on results to date and Taytlor purely on a hunch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pskov View Post
    Ashraful is not even Bangladesh's most promising batsman so no idea why he is on the list. Also not sure if Raina deserves to be, though he is really young (can't remember quite how young but IIRC he is still a teenager) so he has plent of time to prove his worth yet. Also not sure about Bravo and Taylor, both of whom have absolute bags of talent but I doubt somewhat whether they will ever be able to harness them, Bravo based on results to date and Taytlor purely on a hunch.
    I was really impressed by Bravo in the last test, he had a good attitude to back up the talent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis View Post
    Actually I think England might resurface as a fine team again in a few years. Liam Plunkett is only 21 and getting the ball to reverse. I quite like him. I'm not confident he'll be world class one day, but he has the potential to be.
    Accuracy is important to being World-class... I'm hardly confident in his ability to attain said trait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pskov View Post
    Also not sure about Bravo and Taylor, both of whom have absolute bags of talent but I doubt somewhat whether they will ever be able to harness them, Bravo based on results to date and Taytlor purely on a hunch.
    If anyone can harness his talent it's Dwayne Bravo. His results to date have not been as I'd like, but there has been more than enough IMO to suggest he has what it takes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    I'd much rather have Mortaza for Ashraful or Tait for that matter.
    Indeed. Mortaza has done far more of note as a bowler than Tait, and as for who's contributed more to Bangladesh... cripes, it ain't remotely close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Manee
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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    I was really impressed by Bravo in the last test, he had a good attitude to back up the talent.
    He also showed some promise on the Australia tour before reverting to back to type since.

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    Well, with the specification of redefining cricket, the list is spot on.

    Michael Clarke (Aus) - The most promising Australian batsman, a top fielder and handy bowler. Expected to carry the batting line of the Worlds best team.

    Shaun Tait (Aus) - Very quick, could reach new levels of pace.

    Shane Watson (Aus) - Good batsman, good bowler, could be the Aussie Flintoff.

    Kevin Pietersen (Eng) - England's best ever batting prospect. Redefines the way people bat and does it well.

    Mohammad Asif (Pak) - Pakistani pacers don't have to be 90mph. Also, could help bring Pakistan to new levels of greatness.

    Lasith Malinga (Sri) - His bowling action and capable of breathtaking spells such as against New Zealand.

    Suresh Raina (Ind) - FC Average of 46 and List A Average of 36, fantastic fielder and just 20 years old.

    Dwayne Bravo (WI) - Promising batsman, but should not be on the list.

    Ross Taylor (NZ) - Fantastic prospect, could bring New Zealand to World domination.

    Mohammad Ashraful (Ban) - May lift Bangladesh off the top of the foot of the ODI and Test tables with his match winning innings'.
    The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pskov View Post
    He also showed some promise on the Australia tour before reverting to back to type since.
    Say what?

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