View Poll Results: Who's the better Aussie all-rounder?

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  • Shane Watson

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Thread: James Hopes v/s Shane Watson

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    James Hopes v/s Shane Watson

    Let's see how this goes. One has a lot of potential with both bat and ball, but has often been laid low by injury, until now. The other isn't any good, but seems to serve his purpose of six-hitter and steady seam-up bowler quite well.
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    Watson obviously easily the better batsman, probably in both game-forms. And probably the bowler with the more potential, though it's astonished me how effective Hopes has been in domestic-OD cricket all career and recently (in a different way) in ODIs.

    Who's better? Watson. Who currently has the best case for ODI selection? Hopes.
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    Hopes is the better allrounder imo. Watson hands down is better with the bat, definitely at the first class level. Watson's bowling isn't that great, whereas Hopes does more than enough in the role. Hopes imo is definitely the better one day player, but Watson easily the better first class player. Would pick both in my one day side, but Watson would get the gin in first class.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright View Post
    Hopes is the better allrounder imo. Watson hands down is better with the bat, definitely at the first class level. Watson's bowling isn't that great, whereas Hopes does more than enough in the role. Hopes imo is definitely the better one day player, but Watson easily the better first class player. Would pick both in my one day side, but Watson would get the gin in first class.
    Watson probably (for his career) let go off the leather and just bat. Though I think Watson is a better bowler than Hopes. I don't think Hopes will ever play Tests, but ATM he is better than Watson in the colours and in no way should he displaced by Watson.

    Simply put, Watson should be the better player and has more potential, but Hopes is punching above his weight (defientely in ODIs) and is better than Watson.

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    Watson by a mile. Really don't rate Hopes.
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    Watson is a better batsman and more of a strike bowler than Hopes, but he does tend to go for more runs than Hopes.

    Hopes is a containing bowler, thats why hes so valuable in the ODIs.

    If I could only pick one, Id pick Watson

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    Hopes is tremendously underrated, but I think that Watson is the superior all rounder.
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    Watson to do in 09 Ashes for Aussie what Flintoff did in 05 for the to and froms.
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    Watson has next to no chance of ever bowling as well as Flintoff did in that series IMO, though I'm fairly confident that given a lack of misfortune continuation he'll do more of note in his career as a batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Prediction:

    Watson to do in 09 Ashes for Aussie what Flintoff did in 05 for the to and froms.
    Interesting prediction. Whilst I wouldn't go as far, I'd certainly say that Watson is certainly the overall superior player.
    Hopes is a bits-and-pieces player, but he's damn good at it. He's like a more internationally-effective Ian Harvey - he bats, he bowls, and he fields well, but doesnt stand out.
    Perhaps, though, thats what makes him of most value.
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    Welcome back to CC Nick!

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    Gday Richard saw this thread on "Last Post" and couldnt resist.

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    Current T20 form has Watto clearly above Hopes with bat and ball, that's all I can say for sure.

    I thought Watto hitting Hopes for six with half a bat was quite hilarious. Their next match up will be really interesting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Watson has next to no chance of ever bowling as well as Flintoff did in that series IMO, though I'm fairly confident that given a lack of misfortune continuation he'll do more of note in his career as a batsman.
    I think he'll take valuable wickets at important times. I'm not basing this on anything I've seen that suggests he's just developed some unplayable ball. It's a crazy feeling i've got that he's gonna do something special in that series.
    I know it's a bold prediction but I think, given the horror run he's had with injuries, the Gods will grant him an imperious purple patch. Given the problems he's had, and despite the fact he's a Qlder, I think he deserves it.

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