Every 5 years we have an election and have to decide who are the least obnoxious out of all the men. Then one gets in and they age really quickly. Which is always fun to watch.
I would say Kim Hughes 100* vs WI in 1981 was equal to that Gooch knock. Absolutely awful up and down pitch on day 1, the bowling attack was a touch more devastating, and it looked like people could get seriously hurt out there. Man that MCG pitch was so terrible in the early 80's, just abysmal. Gooch's knock was a whole other kind of awesome in insane swinging conditions.
Headingley 91 : Amidst Gooch's heroics Richards brutal knock in WI 1st innings was easily forgotten, I still think younger Viv would've been stayed in and dominated the attack. No complaints though, given what was followed.
The standing of Gooch's innings was heightened considerably by the fact the WIndies had won the last 10 tests they'd played here and hadn't lost one for 20 odd years - it was an amazing win, but it wasn't really a team effort it was just Gooch
His knock a year later at the same ground wasn't too shabby either. Throw in the knock at Kingston and Gooch's career had peaks of excellence against top quality bowling that Cook has yet to demonstrate. Still, Gooch's career peaked quite late and Cook may well be a more effective accumulator of runs over his career,
gooch was good
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