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    Barath vs Hughes

    Haa, just throwing it out there. Much similarities in their style though.

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    Barath. I've never really been that impressed by Phillp Hughes tbh (I didn't get to see the South African series mind you). Barath from what I've seen doesn't really have a major weakness like Hughes has, although he does play at balls he could leave sometimes.
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    Good lord, far too bloody early to tell at Test level.
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    Will reserve judgement.

    Barath may well be the more talented of the two. But the chances of Hughes having the succesful Test career are more likely.

    Hughes has the support of the most strongest coaching system in the world behind him. Hughes is also learning his trade in the strongest domestic competition available. Barath will have to do most of his learning at Test level, without the appropriate support networks and with the backing of a cricketing board with a diabolical talent management record.


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    Way too early to say but it is intersting to see the emergence of Hughes, Barath and Umar Akmal at the very end of this decade, a new generation is starting to form. Will be great to see how these talents emerge and who comes to dominate the next decade. Obviously it does not have to be any of these three, there are the older and more established starts such as de Villiers and Duminy (only played 6 tests but he feels established) and even the slighlty older still Gambhir, Clarke, Pietersen and Smith that are likely to play for most of the next decade. Would not care to guess which two or three will become the leading runscorers of the next decade and of course many more are likely to emerge but am looking forward to watching. (If I did have to guess now though I would say that de Villiers will be the leading run scorer of the next decade)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noble One View Post
    Will reserve judgement.

    Barath may well be the more talented of the two. But the chances of Hughes having the succesful Test career are more likely.

    Hughes has the support of the most strongest coaching system in the world behind him. Hughes is also learning his trade in the strongest domestic competition available. Barath will have to do most of his learning at Test level, without the appropriate support networks and with the backing of a cricketing board with a diabolical talent management record.
    One thing you are forgetting is that Barath is a product of an excellent system in T & T that is producing a lot of talented cricketers these days. Also he is managed by Brian Lara and Dwight Yorke, who set up a talent management company to help talented kids in the Caribbean get the training they deserve and to make sure things like their travel costs are met (a lot of young cricketers in Trinidad can't afford to meet the costs required to get to the nearest cricket club etc. Adrian was in that situation but managed get it around it by making a deal with the owner of Clarke Road cricket club). See this article for more.... Barath's dad discusses Adrians early cricketing days

    Trust me, he could not have better people around him. When Barath scored his maiden FC century at the age of 16, a lone member of the crowd came sprinting onto the pitch. It was his father, who was so proud that he could not keep his emotions in check and ended up giving his son a hug in the middle of an FC cricket match

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    These guys won't even be mature batsmen for another 6 or 7 years. Impossible to judge at this point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Good lord, far too bloody early to tell at Test level.
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    These guys won't even be mature batsmen for another 6 or 7 years. Impossible to judge at this point.
    Who said they where being judged or compared?. My aim in starting this thread was to compare their style of play which i think is VERY similar surprisingly.

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    Don't see it, tbh. They both play their shots but in defence and attack, look completely different to me.

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    Both very strong on the off side I suppose but totally different in aproach, one takes a big step across and the other steps away, really cannot see the similarity.

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    silly thread. ross taylor is obviously better than anybody else mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Cat View Post
    Don't see it, tbh. They both play their shots but in defence and attack, look completely different to me.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pothas
    Both very strong on the off side I suppose but totally different in aproach, one takes a big step across and the other steps away, really cannot see the similarity.
    That moving away from Hughes was only seen in the Ashes vs Flintoff though. In his other international matches vs SA & in Champions league that wasn't the case. Overall he is very still at the crease, just that his technique is unusual.

    Overall IMO based on what i've seen of them i'd say both are short cats of course who have weird techniques (although its not 100% similar in approach). Both equally very strong through the off-side & are very aggressive againts the spinners.

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    My opinion is that Barath is ridiculously overrated on these forums. I watched the highlights of his performance at Brisbane and he flays far too much at deliveries outside the off stump for my liking.

    My own personal opinion is that Umar Akmal is far and away the most complete batsman at the moment and that Phil Hughes may well be the most talented out of the 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tooextracool View Post
    My own personal opinion is that Umar Akmal is far and away the most complete batsman at the moment and that Phil Hughes may well be the most talented out of the 3.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie View Post
    Who said they where being judged or compared?. My aim in starting this thread was to compare their style of play which i think is VERY similar surprisingly.
    Thread topic: Barath vs Hughes
    Despite your OP, you compare it in the title of the thread.

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