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    Allan Border - How Good Was He?

    There's often talk on here about great batsmen, with the stars of the 90s and 00s dominating.

    One who's often left out of the discussion is Allan Border. He's one of my great cricketing heroes. Here's why.

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    The mother of a friend of mine said the only person she would cheat on her husband with was Border and that he made her weak at the knees. I didnt question it as I asumed it was a particularly Australian thing that I didnt understand. I also think that this is the thing about Border, he is particularly Australian and that doesnt always translate. Same with Steve Waugh to a certain extent.

    When I remember to think about him I regard Border very highly, its just he doesnt spring to mind very often.
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    I have it on good authority that he was the 38th greatest cricketer of all time.

    AB is a massive personal hero of mine - I grew up in the 1980s so I know just how much he meant to Australian cricket. And his record, particularly when you look at the attacks he faced over a long, long career, puts him up there with the very best.

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    Bowled some awesome left-arm tweakers when the pitch offered something.

    Terrific cricketer, my early days of watching cricket was with Allan Border leading a group of highly promising cricketers (Tayler, Warne, McGrath). Tough as nails, I remember an ODI at the MCG in which he was hit in the face by Ambrose whilst batting. He simply picked up the ball, and tossed it back to Ambrose without hardly a flinch.
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    The perfect # 5 in the AUS ATXI behind Bradman/Chappell IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie View Post
    The perfect # 5 in the AUS ATXI behind Bradman/Chappell IMO.
    Especially if there is a (c) next to his name.

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    Shiv Chanderpaul in post Lara Windies is probably the best recent equivalent, except a relatively better batsman AND captain.

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    Border's average was really only dragged down by his performances towards the end of his career as well and only really against the high quality WIndies and SAffie attacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Especially if there is a (c) next to his name.
    Hmm well i would have the (c) next to The Don. But i guess given AB the leardship responsibility & letting The Don just bat would be fine.

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    Border was quite a phenomenon to average 50 in test cricket in the era he played

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    without a man of integrity like border at the very top, more greedy cricketers would have fallen for the matchfixers. when i was a kid i loved AB for his grit, determination and fighting spirit. as i grew older i have come to love his integrity, which i had taken for granted as a youngster, a lot more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zinzan12 View Post
    Border was quite a phenomenon to average 50 in test cricket in the era he played
    break down his record opponent-wise. he was an unadulterated champion batsman

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    Criminally underrated.
    Christian Ryan wrote a very good article about him for cricinfo earlier this year.

    edit: http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/con...ry/414671.html
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    Brilliant article Burgey. You really get a sense of Border in it. Just wonderful, really.
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