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    The Worst Batsman You've Seen

    I don't wish to pick on Chris Martin. He is a very decent bowler in a struggling test side, but as a batsman he may well be the very worst I've seen.

    At least McGrath could defend sometimes, and Walsh could strike out on occasion, as can Murali.

    Even Tuffers and Monty are a notch ahead. Has anyone seen worse?
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    There's a bloke at my club who would go close. Has only passed 10 twice IIRC. Though one was in a 74 last wicket partnership to win us a game though.

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    Former Northants, Yorks and Sussex seamer Mark Robinson has a distinctly ordinary batting record

    Northants Jim Griffiths from a previous generation was no great shakes either

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    Monty?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Former Northants, Yorks and Sussex seamer Mark Robinson has a distinctly ordinary batting record

    Northants Jim Griffiths from a previous generation was no great shakes either
    hmm, Im not saying you are wrong but around these parts we would say "Former Yorkshire cricketer Mark Robinson, who also played for Northants and Sussex"
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    Quote Originally Posted by metallics2006 View Post
    Monty?
    The Aussie bowlers certainly didn't think so last year
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    I reckon Bruce Reid is probably as poor as I can remember seeing at international level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    hmm, Im not saying you are wrong but around these parts we would say "Former Yorkshire cricketer Mark Robinson, who also played for Northants and Sussex"
    I stand corrected

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJS View Post
    Bhagwat Chandrashekhar, the great Indian spinner.
    I finally managed to track down a copy of Chandra's biography a few weeks ago - apparently despite his withered arm he was an opening batsman/wicketkeeper when he started to play the game!

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    Ed Giddins must be worth a shout if he batted below Tufnell & Mullally in that 1999 game against NZ.

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    Essentially I think once you get to a "terrible" standard at international level it's basically impossible to distinguish and call one definitively worse than the other. Certainly some of the names mentioned so far (Chandra, Martin, Giddins, Robinson, Reid) were utterly diabolical and relatively clueless.

    They were, however, in all likelihood better than I routinely am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by metallics2006 View Post
    Monty?
    Monty is nowhere near as bad as Martin. Monty is merely classically inept, terrified looking dear in the headlamps material, yet prone to token moments of inspiration. Holding out at Cardiff, landing the odd extra cover drive to ironic cheers from a home crowd often willing him to fail.

    Yes, he is very poor with the bat overall, but not completely useless.

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