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    Most aesthetically pleasing batsmen

    While you can admire the dour, defensive batsman who does the job for his team, or you can be in awe of the batsman who uses his strength to club the ball to the boundary, in my opinion it's impossible to prefer them to the free flowing beauty of the graceful batsmen who makes it look so easy with his elegance and balance and poise. Late cuts, cover and square drives, leg glances, on drives.

    Who have been your favourites to watch, and who from history seems to be described this way?

    A favourite of mine was Mark Waugh. Seemed to make it look easier than everyone else around him. I also loved David Gower and VVS for the same reasons.
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    Brian Charles Lara.

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    Worrell was supposedly grace personified, Kanhai and Lara were also breath taking.
    And then there was Mark Waugh and Carl Hooper, runs worth their worth in gold.
    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


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    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

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    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

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

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    Damien Martyn - no-one could play a delicate late cut or back foot drive/punch with such little effort, and such amazing timing.
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    From those one has see a quick list off the cuff . . .

    • Jaisimha
    • Vishwanath
    • Azhar
    • Laxman
    • Mark Waugh
    • Kim Hughes
    • Arvinda D'Silva
    • David Gower
    • Tom Graveney
    • Ted Dexter
    • Inzamam
    • Zaheer Abbas

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    Of those I have seen Barry Richards, by a short head from David Gower and Martin Crowe

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Of those I have seen Barry Richards, by a short head from David Gower and Martin Crowe
    Oh yes. I forgot Crowe

    Hi Fred

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    I'll pick Vishwanath, Arvinda D'Silva, Mark Waugh, and David Gower from SJSs list.

    Agree with Barry Richards and Martin Crowe from Fred's list.

    And then add Rohan Kanhai plus Greg Chappell.

    From the by-gone era - Kumar Shri Ranjitsinhji and Frank Woolley.
    Last edited by watson; 14-09-2012 at 07:57 PM.
    Len Hutton - Jack Hobbs - Ted Dexter - David Gower - Walter Hammond - Frank Woolley - Ian Botham - Alan Knott - Hedley Verity - John Snow - Fred Trueman

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    Quote Originally Posted by BackFootPunch View Post
    Brian Charles Lara.

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    Back-lift was way to high to be aestheically pleasing. Looked like "up periscope".

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    Ian Bell

    Love his cover drive and when he comes down the track and lofts it straight down the ground.

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    More "good looking" players


    Vengsarkar - upright.. similar to MCrowe
    Rowe -- Yagga was a beautiful player to watch
    Young Sachin
    Saeed Anwar
    Qasim Omar
    Carl Hooper
    Mohammed Yousuf
    Michael Vaughn

    My favorite is Azza..ooph what a player those hundreds in Eng in the 1990 series..sumptous
    Last edited by doesitmatter; 14-09-2012 at 08:50 PM.

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    Alan Kippax, Lawrence Rowe, Roy Dias are some of the eye soothing batsmen who didn't flourish record wise as much as they could have been but all very pleasing and elegant
    Last edited by AndyZaltzHair; 14-09-2012 at 09:19 PM.
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    I am the third most aesthetically pleasing batsman on my club team. Jamie plays some nice drives, our captain is left handed so naturally he looks good even playing defensive strokes, then me I guess.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hurricane View Post
    I am the third most aesthetically pleasing batsman on my club team. Jamie plays some nice drives, our captain is left handed so naturally he looks good even playing defensive strokes, then me I guess.
    I would be the most aesthetically pleasing batsman on my team, and I have a pretty powerful pull shot.

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