I have to say that this place has improved since LT's return - the double act with sledger shows particular promise
LT: gun. Says what we're all thinking.
A few points.
Firstly, on the subject of Bradman.
1. Have you seen his average against Bangladesh and Zimbabwe? He's still not out against them. #MinnowBasher
2. Personally, I feel his lack of runs in both the IPL and Big Bash speaks volumes.
And thirdly, his backlift came from second slip. EVERY coach will tell you that's a no-no.
As for my vote for greatest cricketer, I'd say one of either Trumper or Hobbs.
I may be somewhat biased against Bradman, considering I harbour resentment towards him for his treatment of Miller and Grimmett, but get over it.
With Sobers, I think a quote from a man the more knowledgeable members of this forum will know: Don Neely. "Sobers, I feel, was a great cricketer, however he scored his runs in a boring and slow period of cricket - draws were the norm. How much can you really read into that?"
I think that quote really proves to us that although we can make our selections for greatest cricketer of each time period (and even that is contentious), an all time greatest is an exercise in futility.
Hadn't seen this before.
Blogs: Test XV - the final readers' selection | Cricket Blogs | ESPN Cricinfo
Interesting read as well.
Blogs: Where is No. 2 and No. 20? | Cricket Blogs | ESPN Cricinfo
Off to work
He is at worse comparable to Kallis, and we see how valuable he is to that team. Sobers bore a much greater burden and on much less responsive wickets for the most part. They were times he had to open the bowling and come back to play the role of stock bowler holding up an end and controlling the run rate, some times as a seamer sometimes as a spinner.
Those players: Sobers, Chappell, Kallis, Hammond, (MCcabe, Simpson, Mitchell) ect are so valuable to their respective teams. Great batsmen first and foremeost who can come on and break partnerships or keep things quiet in the middle of an innings with the ball. On top of that these players were also spectacular slipfielders some times taking chances out of nothing helping to turn the tide of a match.