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Thread: Alastair Cook vs Graham Gooch?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Not nearly as one-dimensional as the horribly over-hyped West Indian attack at Headingley in '91. Ambrose, Patterson, Marshall, Walsh: all bowlers of the same type (RF) and of broadly equivalent quality. Where's the variety? Where's the versatility? In particular, when they're faced with a flat pitch, where's the X-Do to winkle batsman out with cunning and guile? Where's the reliable left-arm wizard a la Mitch Johnson? Where's the fast-medium sultan of swing in the Hilfenhaus mould? Where's the medium-paced magician to rival Shane Watson?
    Oh AWTA completely. I mean, as some Indian fan said a while back, variety is the key to a bowling attack. It's what makes Paul Harris' left arm variety so much more dangerous than Graeme Swann's (BAW-RING) right arm twirly nothings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    Yep, just watched it myself, bloody awesome. The man could play fast bowling, he really could.

    One of the YouTube comments was that that fast bowling attack was "assembled by Satan, trained in hell and dispatched to planet earth for wreaking havoc". Which pretty much sums it up. Except that, as I've already demonstrated, they were one dimensional, predictable and limited
    Out of interest, how would those that were there rate Gooch and the other best batsmen of the 80s and early 90s against spin bowling? As I've heard that there was rather a dearth at the time, until Warne, Murali and Kumble came along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Can't see Cook ever playing an innings as crucial as Gooch's 154* at Headingley in '91 so, despite that appalling taste in facial hair, 'tis Goochy for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    Has any batsmen in history?
    Not in my book but I know from past experience that there are folk on here who don't agree with me


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    Quote Originally Posted by robelinda View Post
    Oh i wasn't replying to your post Zaremba! My sarcasm detector is in fine working order.....obviously as a Pom you would never slag off the mighty GOOCH!
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    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.
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    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.

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    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

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    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,

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    graham gooch - one of the greatest players of fast bowling ever...
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    gooch was good
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anil View Post
    graham gooch - one of the greatest players of fast bowling ever...
    He was also one of the worst players of medium-pace nothing bowlers. Have to say I also feel that THAT innings was the greatest I'ver seen, but it's not enough to erase years of mediocrity, in my mind, anyway. Particularly all the times he left the ball to be out to innocuous in-duckers.
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