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Thread: Battle #654684. Michael Atherton v Nasser Hussain

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    Battle #654684. Michael Atherton v Nasser Hussain

    spawned by nas-hayden, tres-atherton, atherton-god etc.

    who was the better test match batsman?

    gonna be tugging at richard's heartstrings this one.

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    Nah, I'd have Atherton ahead fairly comfortably TBH. Both good batsmen, and certainly better than Matthew Hayden, but Hussain did the job for, in essence, 6 years, and had 1 absolutely horrible year (for no particularly good reason) in the middle of this. Atherton did it for 10, and was ruled-out\completely-useless due to injury for just over 1 of that. Basically, it's Atherton 9, Hussain 6.

    Atherton was technically better, obviously, and was also better at cashing-in on weak attacks and flat pitches. Hussain was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, when there was something in the pitch for good bowlers, but because of his mindset - fear of failure was always huge - he never cashed-in to anything like the extent he could have when the going was easier. Atherton was pretty comparable against powerful bowling, and though Hussain played less against the likes of Ambrose, McGrath and Walsh so had less opportunity to be dismissed by them, I'd probably just, and only just prefer him. But even in Atherton and early on in Hussain's day, there were weak attacks from time to time, and Atherton was much better at cashing-in on them.

    A far more interesting "vs" than many of late, though.
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    LOL at you throwing the "better than Hayden" in there. Just can't help yourself can you?

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    Atherton, Michael for me

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    Richard, you were joking when you said they were better than Hayden surely? I enjoy your posts a lot but if that wasn't a joke, it's a pretty ridiculous comment to make.

    Athers btw.

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    LOL, here we go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James_W View Post
    Richard, you were joking when you said they were better than Hayden surely? I enjoy your posts a lot but if that wasn't a joke, it's a pretty ridiculous comment to make.

    Athers btw.
    Yep, it was a joke.

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    What's Hayden got to do with a comparison between Atherton and Hussain?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    What's Hayden got to do with a comparison between Atherton and Hussain?
    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Nah, I'd have Atherton ahead fairly comfortably TBH. Both good batsmen, and certainly better than Matthew Hayden, but Hussain did the job for, in essence, 6 years, and had 1 absolutely horrible year (for no particularly good reason) in the middle of this. Atherton did it for 10, and was ruled-out\completely-useless due to injury for just over 1 of that. Basically, it's Atherton 9, Hussain 6.

    Atherton was technically better, obviously, and was also better at cashing-in on weak attacks and flat pitches. Hussain was brilliant, absolutely brilliant, when there was something in the pitch for good bowlers, but because of his mindset - fear of failure was always huge - he never cashed-in to anything like the extent he could have when the going was easier. Atherton was pretty comparable against powerful bowling, and though Hussain played less against the likes of Ambrose, McGrath and Walsh so had less opportunity to be dismissed by them, I'd probably just, and only just prefer him. But even in Atherton and early on in Hussain's day, there were weak attacks from time to time, and Atherton was much better at cashing-in on them.

    A far more interesting "vs" than many of late, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
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    I know what was written, but still fail to see the relevance.

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    Well obviously people are responding to what Richard said, and also opinions he has expressed in the past.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Well obviously people are responding to what Richard said, and also opinions he has expressed in the past.
    I see, so he was being deliberately provokitive knowing full well that he's the only one in the entire Universe who holds that opinion.

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    That's not what I said, and you know it. Nonetheless, the reason people are talking about it is because Rich said it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    That's not what I said, and you know it. Nonetheless, the reason people are talking about it is because Rich said it.
    I know that. My original question pertained to why "Rich said it" not why other "people are talking about it". If the discussion if about the respective qualities of Atherton and Hussain then their ability compared to Hayden is nothing to do with anything.

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    Right-o. Well I'll leave it at that then...

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