I always liked him, so the feeling is just neutral.
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what is the big deal,he scored on ''roads'' against mediocre starless bowling attack
Seriously he was awesome in this series.A very calm cool head on his shoulders.
A beard to die for and a very good bat to boot
Ive always been a bit of a fan.
From nearly 4 years ago
I dont think he will be one of the greats but he will be a very good Test player. Just also to note, he will have a really bad run at some point in the future where people will bring up his technique. All cricketers have those patches and I will not worry when it happens.
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His cricket speaks for itself, but what a calm dude.
don't think he will be a great but see him having a career avg hovering in mid 40's.
Think he'll average over 50. He's been consistent for the last 2.5 years.
^um no, look at his last 2 years performance, but yeah this series he peaked
Classical batsman......he will cross 50 batting avg. easily......and will end his career in that....
why? not that he has perfect technique..but because he has the temprament of a test batsman.....
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His peak, thus far. I have not seen the guy bat since the SA tour of Australia, but from the sounds of it, what he does seem to have is tremendous mental strength. That can cover for a whole lot of technical deficiences. A great technique is often over-stated, imo, probably because it looks so damn good. But really, a competent technique allied to great mental strength is better. Amla seems to have this.
Technique isnt overrated, but certainly certain aspects of batting technique are way overrated these days. If a batsmen shuffles across outside offstump, there is nothing technically wrong with this. The real problem occurs when you really plant your front foot down hard across before the ball is bowled, this makes u susceptible to LBWs from incoming deliveries and having to play around the bat.
It doesnt matter how much you shuffle across, so long as you are still nimble, able to move, balanced and able to react after the ball is bowled.
Amla has excellent temperament and also very good technique. There is absolutely no reason he shouldnt average in the 50s given the surfaces today.
Hash's escapades in India have moved him up to #2 in the Test rankings. Hope he can nail down a spot in the ODI side, had enough of Gibbs' consistent inconsistency & Loots is even more hit & miss.
His record's actually still pretty good in ODIs, averages 47 at a strike rate of 80something. Admittedly he did have some trouble against Aus, leading to his axing.
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