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Must give to Clarke because he is playing lone hands more often. Amla is playing in very strong batting line up so is not pushed to the wall like Clarke is.
It's only now that Clarke hasn't had Hussey with him and Ponting before, though Punter was going throigh a bit of a rough patch.
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Clarke needs to move up the order. He seems a perfect number 4. Ugh Watson. Ugh.
Amla is classy - love watching him bat.
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One of Clarke's strengths is that he doesn't so much as do lone hands as he creates a salvaging partnership - which is obviously even more useful.
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Yep. I mean Hussey is obviously very similar and a gun in himself, but it'd be useful to see how many of our big partnerships haven't involved Clarke. I doubt it'd be many.
I mean obviously better batsmen are usually intrinsically easier to bat with; they give you confidence, typically rotate the strike better, analyse the bowling better and give you better tips etc - but do you actually think Clarke is significantly easier to bat with than other world class batsmen? Do you think Hussey would've been less likely to build a partnership with Amla, Kallis, Sanga or whoever else of that ilk? Because otherwise you're just giving Clarke credit for Hussey being good.
He's saying he doesn't get out when a partnership is beginning to form, and turns it in to a big one.
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Vey interesting question indeed. It exposes one's biases - certainly does mine.
I never liked Clarke but I know in my heart it was for non-cricketing reasons. I just found him too "arrogant" (not the exact word I am looking for) when he made his mark in the strong Aussie side. The unbelievable six (or was it seven) wicket haul he had against India with his innocuous bowling made me resent this Johnny-come-lately even more. But, as I admitted at the outset, my reasons were always non-cricketing. He continues to affect me negatively for some strange reason I cant exactly pin-point. It is the whole package of Clarke the person that I perceive that does not please me but cricketwise one has to admit he is a high class batsman and amongst the best.
Amla had different issues. He was NOT the fabulous batsman he is today when he first made his mark in the South African team. Again my reasons for being a bit biased against him were non-cricketing. I am a committed atheist and all external, obvious symbols of religion rile me. Yes,yes I am being very unreasonable but come on guys at least give me credit for being honest about it :o)
I found his long flowing beard and the way it is specifically shaved only at the upper lip and completely unshorn otherwise a bit disconcerting (again not the best word to describe what I am trying to say)
Again Amla with one of the most remarkable improvements in his batting that one has seen from an established international cricketer. has slowly eroded my personal bias and it is an absolute delight today to watch him bat. He is my choice for the best batsman in the world today. On top of that he also comes across as such a nice bloke.
Since I cant say that last bit about Clarke with conviction I vote for Hashim.:o)
Last edited by SJS; 03-03-2013 at 08:48 PM.
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