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    What would you want for a keeper?

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    An excellent keeper and an excellent batsman tbh .

    Of the options listed, went for number 1.
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    Pointless poll without the option of Top Class Keeper/batting not important.

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    An inadequate wicketkeeper is not an acceptable option; a wicketkeeper who cannot bat at all is not an acceptable option. There will be a variety of options which will and will not be available at different times; when you get very lucky you'll have a player who is both Test-class batsman and good-to-excellent wicketkeeper, but this is exceptionally rare. If you cannot at any point have someone who is competent with gloves and reasonable lower-order at worst with bat then you're pretty unlucky.

    Basically I always say that a wicketkeeper's wicketkeeping must meet a minimum standard and once it does so, strength of batting is overwhelmingly the most important consideration thereafter.
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    OK keeper and excellent batsman for me, unless I have exceptional spinners in which case the keeping becomes more important.

    Poll choices a bit limited itbt

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    Sort of thing you can't really hope to have much of a poll on IMO. The options are many and broad, and far from limited to a mere 2. And as I say, different options will and will not be available at any given time - as pointed-out in the maiden reply, the ideal option which anyone would take if given the choice of creating a player out of thin-air is World-class batsman and outstanding wicketkeeper.

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    Yep but assuming we're going to have to compromise (which is the premise of the thread) I'd compromise on the keeping - but not to the extent that you pick a "poor" keeper. Broadly agree with your viewpoint on this tbh

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Yep but assuming we're going to have to compromise (which is the premise of the thread) I'd compromise on the keeping - but not to the extent that you pick a "poor" keeper. Broadly agree with your viewpoint on this tbh
    Yeah, you pick the best bat of the decent or better keepers available.
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    a very good batsman/decent keeper

    The second poll option isn't the bizarro world equivalent of the first on the poll.

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    Depends on team balance, for mine.

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    Missing the choice Safe keeper Good Batsman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Pointless poll without the option of Top Class Keeper/batting not important.
    Definitely agree with this!
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    I want Kumara Sangakara..

    second option Kamran akmal if he continues with his keeping form.. but u never know he may drop sitters llol

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    Good batsman and excellent keeper............
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    I picked decent batsman and excellent keeper. Thats because a keeper dropping catches is simply unacceptable whereas a keeper scoring a duck is still ok. My approach has always been, that it is the responsibility of top 5/6 batsmen to score the runs, if I have to rely on my keeper to score runs for me, I'd rather kick out my pathetic batsmen.

    Now if you have a Gilchrist at the top of the innings especially in the ODIs, then thats definitely an advantage as you can play once extra batsman or one extra bowler even. But if I dont have a Gilchrist or Sangakkara at my disposal, I wont force my keepers to become top order batsmen the way India did for a couple of years before Dhoni came with the likes of Deep Das Gupta, Ajay Ratra and Parthiv Patel.
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