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Now, his wicket keeping is good and is batting is useful enough if he bats at around #8. But he most certainly is not a good batsman IMO.
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Moeen is a perfectly fine bowler FFS
I do realise he is not a good batsman but I think he has a lot of games to come, and eventually a century will probably come his way. albeit from a side thats not Test quality.
His 86 off 91 against Bracken, Tait, Johnson, Watson and Hogg I think is testament that he can get the runs on his day. Not the best attack in the world yet certainly better looking than Rasel, Mortaza and Razzak. (Though I have begun to rate Rasel and Mortaza very highly, Razzak's always been up there for me.)
Also took a five wicket haul in Sri Lanka, a series where Shaun Pollock was reduced to bowling off spin…
And apparently these boys can bat. Steyn had also just returned from missing the second test with a thigh strain and was bowling at only 135kph.
Calling him average is extreme underestimation of his ability and if he did finish his career with a 27 bowling average that wouldn’t be the definition of an average cricketer, merely a very good one.
Last edited by TT Boy; 19-11-2007 at 02:48 AM.
I didn't mean average in a bad way, but I don't think he's as good as Makhaya Ntini, Brett Lee or Chaminda Vaas. All of whom average more than 27.
I think he has potential, but I'd like to see him develop a bit more accuracy.
Steyn has more weapons and variety than Ntini, more natural ability than Vaas and more brains at a younger age than Lee.
He'll almost definitely be better than all 3 barring serious injury IMO.
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