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    Aaron Redmond used to be a specialist legspinner I think.

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    If so, he changed before he was 18. When he played for us in 1998, his batting was the thing.

    Plenty of people around here still joke about the relative inadaquecy of his wristspin, even by Devon League standards.
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    From what the Kiwi's were saying in the tour thread he's a handy option in tests.
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    Wasn't Steve Waugh picked as a bowler, or at least an all-rounder?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    Wasn't Steve Waugh picked as a bowler, or at least an all-rounder?
    Debuted at no. 9 for NSW IIRC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Athers was top of Lanky's bowling averages in 1990 with 45 wickets at 26 apiece - and we ended up 6th in the table
    Had to pretty much give it away because of his AS, I believe. A shame because I've read a few reasonable judges suggesting his leggies had definite potential.

    Sadly of late there's been a trend of England selecting specialist batsmen who bowl a bit & playing them as bowlers in our ODI team: Samit Patel, Mike Yardy &, the man who gives his name to the role, Luke Wright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LongHopCassidy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    Wasn't Steve Waugh picked as a bowler, or at least an all-rounder?
    Debuted at no. 9 for NSW IIRC.
    He did indeed, though TBF they had a quite remarkable number of all-rounders in said game: O'Neill, Trevor Chappell, Matthews and Imran Khan. As well as a powerful batting unit featuring Smith, Wellham, Clifford.

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    Stuart Broad opened the batting at Oakham School, I think.
    Or something.

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    Ind33d - so he was the other way around.

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    Could yet end up opening the batting for England in ODI's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Ind33d - so he was the other way around.
    Not neccesarily. Could've taken the new pill as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Ind33d - so he was the other way around.
    Should've stayed a batsman IMO.
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    I've given that thought consideration more than once, and in the last year I've often wondered whether it was only because of his bowling that he did.

    If so, I think it's a shame. If, on the other hand, his batting started going wrong at the same sort of time his bowling developed, then fine.

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    Shoaib Malik started his international cricket pretty much as a specialist off-spinner, but later developed into a batsman, if i am not wrong, Sachin Tendulkar wanted to be a fast bowler at an young age, but his coach told him he is too small for it, and he should rather work on his batting , and good thing that he did that, otherwise would have a huge loss for international cricket.

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    Yeah Malik batted way down at eight and nine (might possibly even have had an innings or two at ten). Not sure if he always had the batting ability and was just being wasted, or whether his one-day batting (never rated him that much in the longer game TBH) just developed really fast.

    And TBF, he was very young when he debuted, even if he probably was a little older than 17.

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