An idea I was tossig around. Cricket conversation in general, and certainly on here, makes regular reference to the strength or weakness of a player's techniques. I suspect I can't be the only one here with a less than encyclopedic knowledge of what exactly, in technical detail, constitutes a sound technique for a batsman or an ideal technique for a bowler. For me at least, it's a bit like trying to define pornography - I feel I know it when I see it, but couldn't write it out for you. On the other hand, there are some real experts here who I'd love to learn from in terms of what to consciously look for when assessing a player.
A couple of caveats:
1) by all means please do use particular players as examples, but can we not turn this into debates relating to specific players?
2) I make this thread conscious that there is no consensus as to the importance of having a textbook technique (indeed, SJS' article regarding Sehwag a month or so ago prompted this line of thought for the thread), and
3) I also recognize there aren't hard and fast definite "best" methods.
To kick things off I'll ask a specific question - what exactly constitutes a theoretically "good" technique batting against swing bowling?