Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
Appreciating cricket's greatest legend ever - HD Bird...............Funniest post (intentionally) ever.....Runner-up.....Third.....Fourthcricket player"; "Bob"), 1/11/1990-15/4/2006
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To quote Bill Brown "Don was the best tactical captain I ever played under, he new all about the opposition batsmen and placed his field accordingly, he remembered things that happened in previous matches, when the new ball was due the bowlers were rested and ready, I'd say he just never missed a trick in the field."
THE ULTIMATE CRICKET WEB ARCADE EGGS CHAMPION
RIP Fardin Qayyumi (AKA "cricket player"; "Bob"), 1990-2006
RIP Craig Walsh (AKA "Craig"), 1985-2012
You provide us with the opportunity to select one of the very worst captains in history, an arrogant, overbearing and unreliable man who lost every series as captain at a time when England were blessed with some of the best resources of natural talent in their history. What's more, he is chosen at the expense of a contemporary who inspired England to lift the the Ashes for the first time in years having lost the previous three series under MacLaren's captaincy.
According to Plum Warner, MacLaren was a pessimistic captain who considered himself beaten before the match even began, and was prone to be critical rather than constructive when things were going badly. MacLaren's biographer Michael Down concluded "He was too inflexible to suit everyone who played under him."
Also, he made his fair share of selectoral mistakes, most notably the omission of a fast bowler at The Oval in 1909.
Furthermore, Monty Noble remarked "If there was a weakness in his general method of attack it was a tendency to give his stock bowler too long a spell at the crease." The most striking example of this was his merciless use of Barnes in 1901-02, who, having won the first Test with a marvellous performance, broke down in the second after being bowled down to the ground and could not play in the final three tests of the series. England lost the last three tests comfortably.
Finally, everything in MacLaren's manor radiated supriority, and he regularly made his team mates feel inferior and uncomfortable. To quote C.B. Fry, MacLaren was "an iron and joyless captain... under him you entered every game bowed down with the hurculean labour of a cricket match against Australia; you were as in a trance to your doom."
And there's also, of course, the issue that both (and Benaud, and several others) were more skillful unifying operators. With the likes of Fingleton and O'Reilly (and they were by no means the only ones) Bradman's teams often had a rift running through them, as would later be the case with Stephen Waugh \ Adam Gilchrist and Shane Warne. Woodfull and Hassett were much more skilled at being all things to all men.
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