I think Nuf obviously meant that nowadays batsmen seem to be unable to handle difficult conditions. They certainly feast on roads and rubbish bowling though, both of which are in seemingly endless supply
Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick
They handle the conditions which are put in front of them. It's like having a backstroke swimmer whose been swimming in a indoor pool all his life, and then critisising him for not being able to swim across some lake in the middle of winter in Norway. Not to mention I feel that the pitches of the 70s/80s are somewhat overstated regarding their alleged liveliness, it was just a freakishly good crop of bowlers imo.
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All I am saying is that using the fact that there are more 50+ averages these days as a measure of modern batting talent is a very flawed argument
Yeah, but so is trying to say that that somehow makes them worse than those from previous eras. It clearly shows that the comparatively easy batting conditions are, without a doubt, being capitalised on, which suggests that batting talent has stayed pretty consistent throughout the years.
I mentioned half the ****s, not the great/very good players. Besides the top couple of countries, there are some very ordinary batsman being chosen on a regular basis who's technique is often exposed whenever conditions offer anything to bowlers so I would expect that they'd struggle more so in sticky conditions.
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