Greatest Test XI::: S Gavaskar, M Hayden, D Bradman*, S Tendulkar, A Border, G Sobers, A Gilchrist, I Khan, S Warne, M Marshall, G McGrath
Reserves: B Richards, V Richards, A Knott, M Muralitharan
Greatest ODI XI::: A Gilchrist, S Tendulkar, R Ponting*, V Richards, M Dhoni, M Bevan, S Pollock, W Akram, S Warne, J Garner, M Muralitharan, A Donald
Reserves: A deVilliars, B Lara, R Hadlee, S Warne
Bevan > Dhoni > Hussey for mine
Dhoni > Bevan > Hussey
Bevan never had to deal with short stuff, which he flopped against.
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If your team is 4/40 the best batsman to come in is Bevan followed by Hussey.
Dhoni for mine, because not only does he have the cool head and the ability to carry his team through(Like Bevan and Hussey) if it as at 40/4, but he can also come in at the 40th over with the score being 240/5 and do a fabulous blitzkrieg. All that said, Dhoni needs to bat for a few more years to trump Bevan overall.
A higher average in losing games would otherwise reflect an inability to take India to victory, or simply batting out the overs as seen in some 2nd innings chases that fall well short.
Its definitely a vote for Bevan from me. I think some of the statistics can be a little bit twisted when comparing the three players. With 300-350+ scored so much more regularly in the last few years (i.e. over Dhoni and Hussey's career sample) the need for their style of player to finish off a game as well as increase the run rate in the death overs is more important than a player of Bevan's era when scores of 280-300 were considered a highly competitive total. I rate Bevan the best finisher in the game chasing a target though if my side was four wickets down at the 40th over batting first on a flat pitch I'd probably go with the more aggressive Dhoni. Overall I can't go past Bevan, hes a true great of the limited overs format.
Dhoni has still quite some way to go before he can better bevan. Although another 2 or 3 years on present form, he'll do it. Also Dhoni has had to handle multiple stuff like captain and wicketkeeping at the same time, which puts him fairly ahead of the other two overall.
Always need to be careful using World Cup and Champions Trophy as a measure of a players ability. Hussey averaged 17.40 from 6 innings in the 2007 World Cup, to go with his average of 38 in the Champions Trophy. These tournaments are such small sample sizes given the amount of games these cricketers play. You can be a failure at the WC or CT, and yet still be a wonderful ODI cricketer.
Hussey is the pick for mine, though i haven't seen much of Dhoni finishing.
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