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    Quote Originally Posted by 8ankitj View Post
    The fast bowlers of 90s were about as good as those in 80s. So fair to say that those who succeeded in 90s would've succeeded in 80s too.
    True. In fact, a case can be made for 90s fast bowlers being slightly better than 80s...

    Back to the thread topic, don't know about easily but Tendulkar, Lara, Dravid, Kallis Waugh, Ponting, Sangakkara and Inzamam would have done fine against 80s fast bowlers - all would have averaged above or close to 50 overall...
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    the De Silva of the latter half of his career too
    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 smalishah84 View Post
    the De Silva of the latter half of his career too
    ...yes, and Gilchrist of the first part of his career...


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    Ponting, with his LBW issues early on? He'd be chewed up in no time with a Marshall in cutter.

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    Ponting at his best didn't have an LBW problem.

    Bowlers just thought he did. And then got hammered when he kept putting it through mid-on for four.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Ponting at his best didn't have an LBW problem.

    Bowlers just thought he did. And then got hammered when he kept putting it through mid-on for four.
    Really? I've always known him to fall across, even during his peak in the mid 00s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arachnodouche View Post
    Really? I've always known him to fall across, even during his peak in the mid 00s.
    Did you know that Lara and Tendulkar both got out LBW early on more often than Ponting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arachnodouche View Post
    Really? I've always known him to fall across, even during his peak in the mid 00s.
    Which is what made bowlers think he had an LBW problem... soon followed by them scratching their heads in bemusement when suddenly he was 30* and ticking on the way to yet another hundred. Ponting at his best was absurdly strong off his pads.

    His primary flaw has always been the off-stump channel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    Ponting at his best didn't have an LBW problem.

    Bowlers just thought he did. And then got hammered when he kept putting it through mid-on for four.

    Not so sure about that, during his first incarnation when the great Windies quicks were still good but a fading force, he struggled mightily and was promptly moved down the order because of this. Have always thought that more bowlers like that during his golden period in the early noughties might have sorted him out. He's a great but goes hard early and has had technical issues but for a long time there seemed to be a dearth of great bowlers allied with a plethora of flat tracks.

    Kallis and Tendulkar would be technically equipped to deal with them pretty well you'd think.

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    Perhaps so but I doubt it would have been by getting him out LBW.

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    Better question would be how batting greats of 70s and 80s would have done against bowling of 90s. Bowling of 90s had everything, from terrifying pace, swing (reverse or conventional), wrist spin or finger spin, doosras and carom balls, it had everything. IMO the golden age of bowling.
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    Which bowlers of the 1962-1974 period would you expect to be good wicket keepers on the uncovered English wickets of the pre-Test era in the mid 1800s?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Which bowlers of the 1962-1974 period would you expect to be good wicket keepers on the uncovered English wickets of the pre-Test era in the mid 1800s?
    Knew as soon as I opened the thread that this was what your post would be like.

    Agree with you FTR, but it's a fun hypothetical nonetheless.

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