He certainly had a bigger slice of luck - he evaded dismissal by something that would normally result in it. Someone who plays and misses has evaded dismissal in a manner which is not remotely unusual - in fact no closer to being unusual than prodding forwards and getting a forward-defensive smack in the middle of the bat so that the ball drops dead on the pitch.If you play and miss you've probably done worse as a batsman than the chap who, as they say, has been "good enough to edge it". So to me it's far from clear that the batsman who has been dropped has had a bigger slice of luck than the chap who played and missed.
The notion that someone who's played and missed has played worse that delivery than someone who's edged one has plenty going for it, but would you then propose the premise that a play-and-miss results in dismissal while a nick does not? I doubt it. Cricket doesn't work that way. A batsman has to hit the ball to be out caught.
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We've done this one before Richard - and neither of us has changed his view since then. We could waste thousands of words on this topic, and you'd still be wrong at the end of it , so let's agree to disagree.
I thought he was a pretty good player..unfortuantely injuries took its toll on him. I will always remember Ian Chappell's comments on him after the 2002 series...he said something along the lines of "he is a very unenglish English batsman"
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