Thought I might start one of these batsman comparison threads as well.
Both batsmen are an absolute joy to watch. Aesthetically, I struggle to separate the two, but I think I'll just lean towards Martyn, his compact back-foot play (you can tell he played his domestic cricket at Perth) just clinching it for me. However, I'd rather have Laxman come into bat for me if my team's in a spot of bother. Both genius stroke-makers, both played so many innings of value that aren't necessarily reflected in their statistics. Laxman will always be remembered for the 281 and the other great innings against several Aussie attacks. Damien Martyn's biggest contribution to Aussie glory came, strangely enough, in the subcontinent, for one who hadn't been known for his exploits against spin.
Who would you rate better, aesthetically and as a batsman? Discuss.