And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
If Miller had a good back and has a ruthless streak not dissimilar to Bradman's, he would have averaged 50 with the bat and 20 with the ball IMO. Freakishly talented guy.
He's be a statistician's dream if he didn't switch off when the game was well in hand.
I would never classify them in the same bracket talent wise - Miller was very attacking playing all bowlers "just slightly below the ball's merits that it scratches the bowler's ego" whereas Imran was more defensive, more of a match-saver.
Just, definitely had tougher conditions in Pakistan to contend with... Imran and Miller
I don't think you could find many who would argue that Ponting/Border/Harvey is the second best batsman of all time. I like kyear's group, I think you could argue for any of them.
If Ponting had retired a few years ago, his legacy would have been much greater than it will be. There was a period in his career where he was unbelievable (from 1999-2006ish), and I believe he had the most successful and dominant run of 50 (?) tests as a batsman ever, apart from Bradman.
Border played in a brutal era and averaged 50 +. If you compare what he averaged in the 1980s to what his team-mates averaged, you can easily mount a case for him to be included alongside players like Tendulkar imo...
Allan Border still the greatest Australian batsman | Article | The Punch
Harvey and Compton are my two favourite batsmen for sure - both very similar in some ways, attacking geniuses who gradually declined after a sustained run of glory - but I'd probably put Compton a tiny fraction below kyear's list, with Harvey in there.
My objection.to Border is not what he did, but how he did it. He wasn't a natural match winner and had to pare back too much of his game to be who be became. He often played the anchor role, as a sort of Chanderpaul, but againts better bowling. He is an ATG, and.was invaluable to his team, but he wasn't the best after Bradman.
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