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    Clarke or Samaraweera?

    Of these 2 middle order batsman who do people feel is the better currently, overall and who will end up with the better record?

    I'm going to go for Clarke, but only just and it's purely because Samaraweera has played so few tests outside the subcontinent, and hasnt done so well when he has...if he rectifies that even partially next year I would be willing to put him above Clarke.

    However, when Samaraweera retires which I would guess would be in 3-4 years, I expect Clarke to reach his peak, so probably he will end up with the better record overall.

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    What is the point of this comparison?

    I don't know who will end up with the better record, but Clarke's a far better player.

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    Clarke will be around for another 5-6 years. Easily enough time for him to add thousands of runs to his tally.

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    I dunno, Clarke is all over the place with his batting so often, then has a good patch, then back to having a suspect technique.


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    As we said with KP not too long ago, let's ask this question when Clarke isn't in the worst form of his career.
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    TumTum what's the point in anything?

    At least the comparison is a new comparison, and although it might sound like a ridiculous one, both are right handed, middle order batsman and have played similar amounts of tests.

    What makes it interesting is that if this question was asked a few years back it would be treated as a joke. Clarke's entry was accompanied by serious justified hype and he has turned himself into a class middle order batsman, not quite up there but probably next tier down.

    Samaraweera, on the other hand is so unknown and unrated and began as a bowler, yet his average is quite a bit higher than Clarke's after more than 60 tests!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cricketismylife View Post
    TumTum what's the point in anything?

    At least the comparison is a new comparison, and although it might sound like a ridiculous one, both are right handed, middle order batsman and have played similar amounts of tests.

    What makes it interesting is that if this question was asked a few years back it would be treated as a joke. Clarke's entry was accompanied by serious justified hype and he has turned himself into a class middle order batsman, not quite up there but probably next tier down.

    Samaraweera, on the other hand is so unknown and unrated and began as a bowler, yet his average is quite a bit higher than Clarke's after more than 60 tests!
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    Hard to say. Samaraweera's record has got to deteriorate when he plays overseas, but Pup's not looking much at #4. His back might also screw his career Atherton style.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Hard to say. Samaraweera's record has got to deteriorate when he plays overseas, but Pup's not looking much at #4. His back might also screw his career Atherton style.
    One can only grimace at the thought of Clarke facing the same 90's bowlers that Atherton so bravely fought off, like WI in 94 and Donald in 98. Massive respect for Athers here.

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    Samaraweera has such huge testicles. Got shot ffs. What a guy.
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    Definitely Samaraweera. Very underrated and a man for a crisis. Got us out of many a tight situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Hard to say. Samaraweera's record has got to deteriorate when he plays overseas, but Pup's not looking much at #4. His back might also screw his career Atherton style.
    He won't play enough cricket outside the subcontinent for his average to seriously drop off though.

    Even if he gets completely owned in England next year, it's not going to majorly affect his record, and then when are Sri Lanka next scheduled to go to either Australia, South Africa or New Zealand?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GingerFurball View Post
    He won't play enough cricket outside the subcontinent for his average to seriously drop off though.

    Even if he gets completely owned in England next year, it's not going to majorly affect his record, and then when are Sri Lanka next scheduled to go to either Australia, South Africa or New Zealand?
    You could say that for KP too. He doesn't play in subcontinent for his average to drop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akilana View Post
    You could say that for KP too. He doesn't play in subcontinent for his average to drop.
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