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    Best Top 7 ever?

    Would this be the best performing top 7 ever?

    Hayden - 10 tests, 916 runs @ 57.25, 4 centuries, 1 fifty
    Jaques - 6 tests, 561 runs @ 56.10, 2 centuries, 4 fifties
    Ponting - 11 tests, 984 runs @ 61.50, 3 centuries, 5 fifty
    Hussey - 11 tests, 1049 runs @ 80.69, 4 centuries, 4 fifties
    Clarke - 11 tests, 921 runs @ 70.84, 4 centuries, 4 fifties
    Symonds - 9 tests, 745 runs @ 74.50, 2 centuries, 4 fifties
    Gilchrist - 11 tests, 446 runs @ 37.16, 1 century, 4 fifties

    Note: Above are the records over the last 2-years

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    Over the year of 1993 (possibly some of early 1994) this must run it close:
    Taylor
    Slater
    Boon
    Mark Waugh
    Border
    Stephen Waugh
    Healy

    I'll let you work it out. But start from the New Zealand tour of 1992/93 and finish with Border's final game.

    Certainly IMO containing better batsmen.
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    Taylor > Hayden
    Slater > Jacques
    Boon < Ponting
    Mark Waugh = Hussey
    Border >>>>> Clarke
    Stephen Waugh >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>> Symonds
    Healy <<<< Gilchrist
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    Healy circa 1993-1998 > Gilchrist almost any time 2003/04-2007/08 TBH.

    Though I'd have to say I'll be truly astonished if Hussey doesn't end-up >>>>>> Mark Waugh.


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    Did I put enough >> between Symonds and Steve Waugh?

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    Reckon you need a few more ITBT.

    Almost an insult to Waugh that the two of them ever occupied the same batting position in a Test TBH.
















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    Healy was never a good batsman.

    And I'm a Queenslander who has bias for my states' players.

    That said, his glovework > Gilchrist's by a mile


    Gilchrist >>>>>>>>>> Healy's batting.

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    Hayden
    Langer
    Ponting
    M. Waugh
    S. Waugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist


    Possibly the best I've seen, ever.
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    AWTA.

    Taylor rated higher than Hayden is interesting. I don't agree, though.

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    The England batting line up of 1928/29 was pretty impressive
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Taylor > Hayden
    Slater > Jacques
    Boon < Ponting
    Mark Waugh = Hussey
    Border >>>>> Clarke
    Stephen Waugh >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> >>>>>>>>>>>> Symonds
    Healy <<<< Gilchrist
    There's no way Taylor was a better batsman than Hayden, sorry. I was a big fan of Taylor and he's my favourite Australian captain and was a pretty good batsman, but he wasn't in Hayden's league. I also dispute the Mark Waugh = Hussey claim, but that's a bit too early to make a comprehensive call on. I think Hussey will probably end up being better than Mark Waugh, but you can't judge yet. Probably too early to judge Clarke vs Border too.

    I'd say:

    Hayden > Taylor
    Jacques < Slater (to this point)
    Ponting >> Boon
    Hussey > M. Waugh (to this point)
    Clarke < Border (to this point)
    Symonds <<< S.Waugh
    Gilchrist >>> Healy

    The only point of dispute would be the number of young or not totally proven players in the current side. You can't really argue that someone like Hussey or Clarke is better than a player that has long since retired, but at the same time you can't argue they are worse either for exactly the same reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Hayden
    Langer
    Ponting
    M. Waugh
    S. Waugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist


    Possibly the best I've seen, ever.
    Yeah. That is the best batting lineup I have ever seen, by a fairly comfortable margin, with my own eyes. If only Mark Waugh and Martyn's peaks (a little earlier and later than this point respectively) cooincided with Hayden, Langer, Ponting and Gilchrist...

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    Following WI lineup of 79/80 barely gets a mention due to strength of bowlers

    Greenidge
    Haynes
    Richards
    Kallicharan
    Lloyd
    Rowe
    D. Murray

    Of course, Rowe had seen better days and Murray was not in Gilchrist's class but still hard to beat

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    Quote Originally Posted by social View Post
    Following WI lineup of 79/80 barely gets a mention due to strength of bowlers

    Greenidge
    Haynes
    Richards
    Kallicharan
    Lloyd
    Rowe
    D. Murray

    Of course, Rowe had seen better days and Murray was not in Gilchrist's class but still hard to beat
    I think the top 5 compares pretty well with the Australian team mentioned above with the Waugh's in it, but the depth at 6 and 7 is lacking by comparison, IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    Hayden
    Langer
    Ponting
    M. Waugh
    S. Waugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist


    Possibly the best I've seen, ever.
    seconded, only prop was that ATT the Waugh brothers where fading.

    Some other solid batting-lineups from the past, England in the 1950s where pretty good.

    ENGLAND 1955:

    Hutton
    B Edrich
    May
    Compton
    Cowdrey
    Bailey

    Not sure how many test they played together though
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