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    3 8.33%
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Thread: Michael Clarke vs Ian Bell - who's better at spin?

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    Michael Clarke vs Ian Bell - who's better at spin?

    thoughts? i know its pretty random.. but just liked to know what you guys think

    coz i think Pup is the better one.. but im not sure if thats my Aussie bias coming out .. because what ive seen v Murali and Kumble Pup has been superb at counter attacking them (vs India in 2004 and vs Lanka in 2007)

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    Clarke very easily. Bell isn't anything special against spin.

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    No contest . . . Clarke.
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    I voted Clarke because he bowls spin better than Bell does. Then I realised what the question actually meant but my answer still stands.
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    Surely Clarke. He is superb against spin. Not that I've seen Bell, but why make the comparison - you haven't even discussed Bell in your first post?
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    Quote Originally Posted by burr View Post
    Surely Clarke. He is superb against spin. Not that I've seen Bell, but why make the comparison - you haven't even discussed Bell in your first post?
    comparison was for a debate on another forum, just thought with more people in this forum id get a rough idea
    plus there's always these sort of polls on CW

    well for Bell, like the earlier poster said, nothing too special about him and spin that i can recall

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    If you're looking for another non-sub-continent player that is excellent at playing spin, I reckon its Hayden, otherwise there really isn't too many others that come close to Michael Clarke.

    Bell uses his feet well, and has improved, but he's not in the same league.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    If you're looking for another non-sub-continent player that is excellent at playing spin, I reckon its Hayden, otherwise there really isn't too many others that come close to Michael Clarke.

    Bell uses his feet well, and has improved, but he's not in the same league.
    yea agreed - perhaps KP Shiv and Kallis too ..and Fleming who's retired (or will soon)

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    Actually yes, forgot about KP, he is generally excellent against spin.

    Kallis is very good, but I'd say the aforementioned three are better. Don't really have any stats to back that up though.

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    KP is just scary good against spin (he has murdered the trio of Warne Murali and Kumble AWAY and HOME) which is just unreal... you wouldn't pick it watching him normally ... but that big reach really helps

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    Interesting advertising.

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    wow - random

    the advertisements relate to what is said on the thread yea? well thats my theory

    that screenshot confused me a bit though.. thought it was genuine part of the page lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laurrz View Post
    wow - random

    the advertisements relate to what is said on the thread yea? well thats my theory

    that screenshot confused me a bit though.. thought it was genuine part of the page lol
    Same.

    As for Clarke.vs.Bell, Clarke is undeniably the better player of spin bowling. Indeed, it's one of his main strengths. As some have said, Bell's footwork against the New Zealanders has been nice but he hasn't been able to move across and hit balls drifting in from outside off over mid-on or flat bat balls turning in through cover like Clarke has (both against Murali, IIRC).

    A more viable debate would be Clarke.vs.Hayden, Clarke.vs.Pietersen, Clarke.vs.Dravid/Ganguly (left-arm orthodox)/Laxman and so forth...

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    How about picking a top 6 to face a great spin combination?

    Hayden to open with Sehwag?

    How about the middle-order? Clarke and Pietersen are obvious candidates along with some of the quality bats from the subcontinent.

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