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  • Jack Hobbs

    35 63.64%
  • Len Hutton

    9 16.36%
  • Sunil Gavaskar

    12 21.82%
  • Herbert Sutcliffe

    6 10.91%
  • Matthew Hayden

    6 10.91%
  • Geoff Boycott

    1 1.82%
  • Virender Sehwag

    3 5.45%
  • Graham Gooch

    1 1.82%
  • Graham Smith

    1 1.82%
  • Gordon Greenidge

    3 5.45%
  • Victor Trumper

    3 5.45%
  • Blair Pocock

    3 5.45%
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Thread: Tests: Best ever Opening batsman

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    Tests: Best ever Opening batsman

    Who was the best ever opening batsmen in tests, do you think?
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    One choice or partners? I picked Hobbs and Gavaskar as my opening combo. Hobbs obviously the best if I had to pick one.
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    Gooch?

    Taylor, Slater and Langer > Gooch...
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    Gooch was brilliant in the last five years of his career.

    Choose just one batsman. Not an opening combination.


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    has to be hobbs. scored tons of runs either side of the big war on different surfaces facing different bowlers playing completely different games (front foot and attacking/ backfoot and pragmatic). went on and on for three decades in both FC and tests as the no.1 batsman in the world. would have maintained a 50+ avg against the windies pace battery of the 70s. and that is the highest praise i could think of.

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    Voted for Matthew Hayden. Rich to respond.

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    Isn't it redundant to vote for every one of the options? Just wondering, I voted for Hayden. Not that any of the others are any less worthy of a vote.
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    FTB Hayden beating Hutton who had to put up with Lindwall, Miller and Johnson is almost criminal.

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    I voted for Hobbs and Trumper, seeing that it was a multi-choice poll and everything.
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    I predicted a lot of bitching if I didn't make it multi-choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Days of Grace View Post
    I predicted a lot of bitching if I didn't make it multi-choice.
    But you only wanted one vote...

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    Was gonna go Hayden to annoy Rich but went for the sensible option in Hobbs.
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    Len Hutton for me

    Hobbs and Sutcliffe are tempting but neither faced Gregory and MacDonald in 1921 - of course it's not their fault they never faced a top class pace attack in Tests but Sir Len undoubtedly did and by all accounts dealt with it wonderfully well

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    Quote Originally Posted by age_master View Post
    Gooch?

    Taylor, Slater and Langer > Gooch...
    Umm... no, they're not. Langer isn't even close (he's not even an opener, only opened in Tests due to a chance circumstances-inspired move), Taylor and Slater were good but Gooch was very good.

    Anyway it almost has to be either Hobbs, Sutcliffe or Hutton. I could happily go for any so reckon it has to be the multiple-choice option.

    Hayden clearly isn't close and wouldn't have been Test-class had he played exclusively pre-2001/02.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Umm... no, they're not. Langer isn't even close (he's not even an opener, only opened in Tests due to a chance circumstances-inspired move), Taylor and Slater were good but Gooch was very good.

    Anyway it almost has to be either Hobbs, Sutcliffe or Hutton. I could happily go for any so reckon it has to be the multiple-choice option.

    Hayden clearly isn't close and wouldn't have been Test-class had he played exclusively pre-2001/02.
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    As opener only.

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