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    Heroic in the face of a hammering

    Inspired by Dravid, of course. I was trying to think of comparable performances by players whose team was on the wrong side of an absolute thrashing and could be forgiven for thinking they shouldn't have bothered.

    Lamb's three hundreds in 1984's blackwash comes immediately to mind. Lara scoring massively in huge defeats in SL. Rodney Hogg taking over 40 wickets when his side went down 1-5 in 1978/79.

    Other contenders?

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    Warne 2005. Single damn handedly. For nothing.

    Michael Vaughan 2002/03, amazing batting.
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    Pretty sure Andy Flower must have had some.

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    Lara in Sri Lanka that time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by robelinda View Post
    Warne 2005. Single damn handedly. For nothing.

    Michael Vaughan 2002/03, amazing batting.
    2005 was hardly a thrashing. A bit different IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weeman27bob View Post
    Lara in Sri Lanka that time.
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    Lara was as amazing as the rest of the team was awful. He alone made Murali look human.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    2005 was hardly a thrashing. A bit different IMO.
    Would have been if it wasn't for Warne in fairness.

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    Vaughan was the first that came to mind for me.

    Tamim against us last year, but probably everyone tbf

    Hussey in the Ashes? Faded a bit in the last two I suppose
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Vaughan was the first that came to mind for me.

    Tamim against us last year, but probably everyone tbf

    Hussey in the Ashes? Faded a bit in the last two I suppose
    Australia were competitive as long as Hussey was, so rather like Warne in 05 I don't think this one counts.

    Of those I've seen lately, its Tamim against Amir.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Australia were competitive as long as Hussey was, so rather like Warne in 05 I don't think this one counts.

    Of those I've seen lately, its Tamim against Amir.
    The Pakistan series was far from a thrashing though. It'll be tough work finding a series where one bowler has performed to the standard Dravid's been batting but his team has still been unequivocally thrashed. Murali will probably have one floating around somewhere- didn't he have a good tour of South Africa where the team was destroyed?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    The Pakistan series was far from a thrashing though. It'll be tough work finding a series where one bowler has performed to the standard Dravid's been batting but his team has still been unequivocally thrashed. Murali will probably have one floating around somewhere- didn't he have a good tour of South Africa where the team was destroyed?
    Fair. Not sure about Murali but that reminds me of Shakib's awesome tour of SA. Needless to say the Banglas were owned anyway.

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    Clyde Walcott against Australia in 1954/55. 827 runs for the series, including two records which still stand:

    • The only man to score five centuries in a single Test series
    • The only man to score a century in each innings of a Test match twice in the same series

    And they still lost 3-0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    Clyde Walcott against Australia in 1954/55. 827 runs for the series, including two records which still stand:

    • The only man to score five centuries in a single Test series
    • The only man to score a century in each innings of a Test match twice in the same series

    And they still lost 3-0.
    Wow - was it a 3 match series?

    Going back slightly further, it may be worth looking at Bedser's stats in 1948 and 1950/51. England were well and truly thrashed, of course, but I think Bedser did more than OK.

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