Just out of curiosity, how do you decide who is a better keeper ?
I've never seen a better keeper than Alan Knott and I don't believe that any keeper in history, Adam Gilchrist included, would have been more effective than he was batting against Lillee, Thomson, Roberts and Holding et al in the mid 70's
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Obviously he'd be very unlikely to keep as well to the Underwoods and Illingworths as Knott did, but that's a different matter.
It really does surprise me that anyone would claim Knott's batting - as wicketkeeper, as specialist batsman, as anything but anything - was particularly close to being as good as Stewart's.
Last edited by Richard; 26-07-2009 at 05:42 AM.
When I posed the query on Ames, I did not compare him to Knott although by all contemporary accounts he (Ames) was a fantastic keeper whose keeping was slightly underplayed because of his magnificent batting.
I too would chose Knott before him as an all time England keeper (although I would give Evans a good consideration before that) but if I was ever asked to chose a batsman keeper for England (for Tests) or for a world side for that matter (its not a choice I normally make) my first choice would be Ames and Stewart wouldn't even figure in it.
Yeah, to keep wicket in any England all-time team for me would be Les Ames, no questions asked. Possibly an inferior batsman to Stewart, but if so marginally, and by accounts I've only relatively recently discovered an excellent wicketkeeper.
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For a front line batsman Stewart had an appalling record against Australia and moderate against the West Indies. He wasn't a particularly good keeper either yet there he sits fulfilling both roles in an All Time England XI..........excellent.
Last edited by Lillian Thomson; 26-07-2009 at 10:06 AM.
But i reckon the likes of Gilchrist, Stewart, Sangakkara, Lindsay, Healy, Flower at their respective batting peaks, could have batted just as effectively as Knott againts those bowlers if they played in the mid 70s.
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