View Poll Results: Who was Australia's greatest left-handed opening batsman?

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  • Matthew Hayden

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  • Mark Taylor

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  • Arthur Morris

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Thread: Who was Australia's greatest left-handed opener?

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    Who was Australia's greatest left-handed opener?

    Three choices spring immediately to my mind: Arthur Morris, Mark Taylor and Matthew Hayden. Taylor's inclusion here may surprise some, but I feel that his brilliance as a captain and first slip fielder add a great deal to his overall worth. Hayden was also an excellent slipper and Morris was said to have been a "reliable catcher". I was wondering what CW thought about this since I think it's a very close competition.

    Morris was good enough to earn a spot in Sir Donald Bradman's 'dream team'. His playing of spin bowling was rivaled only by another dazzling left-handed Australian in Neil Harvey. He was an attacking-minded batsman unafraid to loft his shots over the infield. Taylor's batting was tested against some of the most potent pace attacks in history (Waqar, Wasim, Marshall, Ambrose, Walsh, Donald, Pollock) and still emerged with a fantastic record. He was often extremely defensive (as his strike-rate shows) but this immovability provided a solid base for his team to work around. Taylor's almost-matching home and away averages show his mental toughness and adaptability in different conditions. Hayden was perhaps one of the most brutal strokeplayers in recent history, flourishing off the front foot especially.

    In terms of batting, each have their downsides. Morris experienced one of the more phenomenal runs in cricketing history during his early days, outscoring Bradman on the famous "Invincibles" tour of 1948. His career faded gradually after his opening partner in Sid Barnes retired, and he never once touched the heights of his glory days. Hayden has an exceptional striker of the ball, but failed to perform as well overseas as he did at home. He hit 21 of his 30 centuries on Australian soil and his away average was never exceptional, finishing at 41.69. Taylor was never quite the wonderful talent of a Morris or Hayden, but none the less proved himself as a fantastic asset to Australia. So important was his presence that he was kept in the team for his captaincy and fielding alone whilst his batting slumped dramatically.

    Arthur Morris
    Tests: 46 matches, 79 innings, 3 not outs, 3533 runs, HS 206, average of 46.48, 12 centuries and 12 fifties
    First class: 162 matches, 250 innings, 15 not outs, 12614 runs, HS 290, average of 53.67, 46 centuries and 46 fifties

    Mark Taylor
    Tests: 104 matches, 186 innings, 13 not outs, 7525 runs, HS 334*, average of 43.49, SR 41.48, 19 centuries and 40 fifties
    First class: 253 matches, 435 innings, 20 not outs, 17415 runs, HS 334*, average of 41.96, 41 centuries and 97 fifties

    Matthew Hayden
    Tests: 103 matches, 184 innings, 14 not outs, 8625 runs, HS 380, average of 50.73, SR 60.10, 30 centuries and 29 fifties
    First class: 295 matches, 515 innings, 47 not outs, 24603 runs, HS 380, average of 52.57, 79 centuries and 100 fifties

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    Justin Langer is a legit option. Pl add him to the poll.
    In ODIs it would easily have been Gilly.
    Here I may go for Morris. Let me think now.

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    Lawry IMO, and reasonably comfortably too. Not even on the poll though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Lawry IMO, and reasonably comfortably too. Not even on the poll though.
    Certainly there are more good options than the ones in the poll. Taylor probably wouldn't make the top 5 throughout history nevermind be the best.


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    Ah, should have mentioned this was test only. Definitely Lawry and Langer in with chances, here. I'll add them in if I can, shouldn't have been so close-minded.

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    Not sure if double posts are frowned on around here, so here's my testing of it... is it possible to add extra options in polls?

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    Warren Bardsley might get a bellow......

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    Without reading the OP or checking the poll, the correct answer is "whichever one isn't Hayden".

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    Batting records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo

    Shows averages as openers. Katich earns himself a shot too

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    Hayden easily. No contest here. Langer a distant second.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Without reading the OP or checking the poll, the correct answer is "whichever one isn't Hayden".
    The bloke has the most runs by any Australian opener with a 50+ average.

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    Well.

    Looks like my exhausting endeavour to calculate the perfect ranking system has been foiled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    Well.

    Looks like my exhausting endeavour to calculate the perfect ranking system has been foiled.
    Didn't get you?

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    Hayden.

    And yeah, Langer should count too.
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    Langer should definately be considered, even ahead of Taylor. Obviously didnt see Morris, but apparently declined after Bradman and Barnes retired and he was the focus of opposing attacks. But my top two would be him and Langer, who was one of the unsung keys to that great team.
    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3

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