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    Quote Originally Posted by gettingbetter View Post
    Surely as a fan of Atherton his 185* against a hostile South African attack must be on the list for you.
    Nah not really, that innings mostly tends to get the credit it deserves IMO. Widely acknowledged as the second-greatest rearguard in Test history, and rightly so.

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    Hmm...I do wonder why Michael Hussey's 122 against South Africa at the MCG in 2005/06 never gets a mention. Kallis did indeed drop a sitter off him when he had about 27 runs next to his name and he did profit from some odd field placings. However, adding 107 runs with Glenn McGrath (even though he was no longer in the 'ferret' category by that point) is an achievement in itself. The innings arguably allowed us to get a lead, which was crucial on a pitch which, IIRC, wasn't terribly easy to bat on (hell, even Symonds caused problems). Some of the shots that he played, against a good bowling attack (an in-form Nel and Ntini, with Kallis and Pollock providing good back-up), were also superlative (i.e - hitting Nel for two sixes over mid-off).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Nah not really, that innings mostly tends to get the credit it deserves IMO. Widely acknowledged as the second-greatest rearguard in Test history, and rightly so.
    The first being Hanif's triple?


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    Of course.

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    I'll have to second Akmal's ton. With all the drama that he has gone through, its easy to overlook this innings. Correct me if I'm wrong, but this was after Pathan's hat-trick? Correct me if I'm wrong again, but was the hat-trick in the first over?

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    It was indeed, on both counts. However, I'm not entirely sure Akmal's innings is particularly underrated - most people who talk of it do so, understandibly, in awed tones. To score runs on that surface was difficult, to score when your top-order had been decimated doubly so.

    I do seem to recall Akmal being wrongly given not-out to an lbw on 60-odd, which if so obviously means the innings was less good than had he hit that particular ball and obviously means the rest of it wouldn't have happened had the correct decision been made. But to make that many was quite a feat and could easily have won the game for Pakistan had the out been given.

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    These two deserve a mention:

    Hayden scores 119 in a test match where Pakistan are bowled out for -60 each innings and no one else surpasses 44 runs. Hayden scored more runs in one inning himself than the whole Pakistan side in two innings. And in that heat...amazing.

    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/stat...tch/64002.html

    Ponting scores the only century in the test match, same series as the above, where batsmen were finding it tremendously difficult under the conditions.

    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/stat...tch/64001.html
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    Geoff Boycott made 99 and 112 in a low scoring game in the West Indies in the mid-70's but is often overlooked due to Tony Greig taking 13 wickets in the match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaZoH0lic View Post
    Ponting scores the only century in the test match, same series as the above, where batsmen were finding it tremendously difficult under the conditions.

    http://content-aus.cricinfo.com/stat...tch/64001.html
    Ponting being hit by Mohammad Sami and suffering a gashed jaw because he was wearing only his BaggyGreen - his helmet was too hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Geoff Boycott made 99 and 112 in a low scoring game in the West Indies in the mid-70's but is often overlooked due to Tony Greig taking 13 wickets in the match.
    This match, indeed, which England won by 26 runs to square the series at the last gasp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Ponting being hit by Mohammad Sami and suffering a gashed jaw because he was wearing only his BaggyGreen - his helmet was too hot.
    Yeah, I think Hayden was also out there for some 450 minutes? 50 degrees IIRC.

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    That West Indies attack in 1974 was thoroughly mediocre though.

    An innings which is often overlooked is Azharuddin's century in the third test against South Africa in India in the mid-90's. It was the deciding game in a 3-match series against a strong SA team and batting conditions were difficult. One of India's best series wins and probably Azhar's finest innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dissector View Post
    That West Indies attack in 1974 was thoroughly mediocre though.
    So what? (although in fact it wasn't that weak an attack despite not measuring up to later WI attacks). It was a low scoring game on a difficult pitch where no other England batsman reached 50. Facing Gibbs, Sobers and Inshan Ali on a turning pitch was a difficult task and the fact that Tony Greig took 13 wickets bowling off spinners/cutters having never bowled in that style before shows how difficult batting was.

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    I would say the attack was very weak (worse than mediocre really). Really an ageing Gibbs and 3 other bowlers who would struggle to be picked for any decent test side for their bowling. Fair enough that conditions seem to have been quite difficult but still I would hesitate to class the two innings as among the great ones given the quality of the attack.

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