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    Greatest wicket keeper ever?

    I can't recall this being done, but then again my brain has been playing games with me. So who is he? Batting not included.

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    Jack Blackham, without question, IMO.
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    From players that I've seen, I'd say Ian Healy. He certainly brought professionalism to the role in his approach to training and inspired many of the current generation of Australian wicket keepers. He also had the tough task of keeping to Warne at his peak.
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    Oh, yeah - Healy from those I've seen too, BTW.

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    Very tough. No stats to fall back on and the spectacular will often poll better than those that make few mistakes and are very solid.

    As an individual piece of keeping you cant beat Russell stumping Jones off Small though I couldnt say who was the best keeper ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Very tough. No stats to fall back on and the spectacular will often poll better than those that make few mistakes and are very solid.
    Undoubtedly that will influence some people. It's often an interesting question - Knott vs Taylor, Evans vs Andrew, Russell vs Stewart, etc.
    As an individual piece of keeping you cant beat Russell stumping Jones off Small though I couldnt say who was the best keeper ever.
    That was a phenomenal piece of work and certainly the best dismissal I've ever seen, but I think the famous take by Knott off Underwood as purely a bit of keeping is at least worthy of rivalling it.

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    Jack Blackham, Don Tallon or Bob Taylor IMO.
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    Ian Healy without a doubt.

    Never heard of Jack Blackham, probably because I wasnt alive during the 1920s...

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    Blackham played during the 1870s and 1880s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bond21 View Post
    Ian Healy without a doubt.

    Never heard of Jack Blackham, probably because I wasnt alive during the 1920s...
    It wouldn't have done you much good even if you were. He was in his 70's by then

    I can understand you 'feel'/'think'/'opine' that Healy could/might be the best keeper of all time but I wonder how you can say it "without any doubt", particularly if you haven't even heard of all the great keepers of the other eras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
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    Quite possible but I would say Oldfield, Tallon, Andrews, Taylor - take your pick.

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    That's fair enough, really, actually.

    I don't see that we could say with any real authority that any of these wicketkeepers were better than one-another.

    Good call on Oldfield BTW - probably better-known for being hit by Larwood than his phenomenal glovework and one of the longest career spans in Test history.

    Blackham, having said that, was a bit special, and the ultimate in innovations from wicketkeepers.

    As a sign that the question of batting impacting upon selection of wicketkeepers is nothing new, though, remember this - Australia's best seam-bowler of the 19th-century, Fred Spofforth, refused to play in an early Test match (I forget whether it was in the 1870s or 1880s) because Blackham had been omitted in favour of the superior batting and inferior glovework of Billy Murdoch.
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