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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Personally, I don't think McCullum is that talented as a batsman at all. As I said in the other thread, he creates the illusion of talent by attempting lots of shots, often off good balls. It usually causes his downfall but on the odd occassion it comes off, he looks great. It's nothing that any batsman couldn't do if he actually thought it would be a good idea, which it isn't.
    But he can play all the shots that's the thing. Just uses them wrong, eventually I think he'll get lucky and hit himself a ton.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    I think McCullum will be given ample opportunity under Bracewell to score one. Unwisely being constantly put up the order he's bound to eventually hit one. A very talented batsman, who just needs to calm down at the crease IMO, yet I have no real problems with the way he plays if stuck in his rightful place down the order.
    He'll be given opportunity up the order, but I doubt he's good enough to concentrate and keep his cool for long enough to score a century. Talented no doubt, but doesn't possess the mental aspect of batsmanship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    He'll be given opportunity up the order, but I doubt he's good enough to concentrate and keep his cool for long enough to score a century. Talented no doubt, but doesn't possess the mental aspect of batsmanship.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    We are playing Bangladesh soon...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    But he can play all the shots that's the thing. Just uses them wrong, eventually I think he'll get lucky and hit himself a ton.
    My point is that virtually every batsman can play all the shots. They just choose not to, because it's not the best idea to do so, especially if you aren't particularly good at them - like McCullum. The fact that he uses them wrongly actually makes him look better than he is, IMO. It's not his downfall; it's actually his only way of fooling people into thinking he should be persisted with, deliberate or not.

    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Talented no doubt
    Plenty of doubt from where I stand. Obviously he's more talented than your average person, but I don't think he's any more talented than your average first grade club cricket batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Plenty of doubt from where I stand. Obviously he's more talented than your average person, but I don't think he's any more talented than your average first grade club cricket batsman.
    Have you seen some of his ODI knocks? Especially against Australia.

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    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.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Have you seen some of his ODI knocks? Especially against Australia.
    Yes, I have. I stand by my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Yes, I have. I stand by my opinion.
    Fair enough then. I still think McCullum is talented, at least with the shots he has at his disposal and other factors in his batting (big hitting, running between the wickets, manipulating the strike) but as I said, the mental aspect of his batting is lacking. Shot selection being the main issue, with concentration not too far behind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Because he's just an average bowler. Can tear through sides when conditions suit and he is in good rhythm, but up against a decent batting lineup I feel as though he'll get hammered. Definitely not sub-25 material. Probably 27 or 28.
    When the conditions don’t suit him…

    http://content-www.cricinfo.com/ci/e...ch/299004.html

    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.

    http://content-www.cricinfo.com/ci/e...ch/249217.html

    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    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.
    I think he'll be known as much much better than all three of the bowlers you've named by the end of his career.

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    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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