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    DoG's Top 100 Test Batsmen: 50-26

    So, we have counted down from 100-51. A reminder of the list so far:

    51 AN Cook 744
    52 C Hill 744
    53 GA Faulkner 739
    54 MC Cowdrey 738
    55 MEK Hussey 738
    56 B Mitchell 736
    57 KP Pietersen 736
    58 JL Langer 735
    59 VVS Laxman 734
    60 GP Thorpe 733
    61 G Kirsten 731
    62 ME Waugh 727
    63 WM Lawry 725
    64 MD Crowe 724
    65 HW Taylor 723
    66 VT Trumper 723
    67 DI Gower 719
    68 SJ McCabe 718
    69 MA Taylor 711
    70 Hanif Mohammad 711
    71 VS Hazare 707
    72 RB Richardson 700
    73 CG Macartney 700
    74 DJ McGlew 695
    75 GR Viswanath 691
    76 AL Hassett 691
    77 CS Dempster 690
    78 Saleem Malik 690
    79 M Azharuddin 690
    80 PA de Silva 689
    81 DL Haynes 686
    82 IR Redpath 685
    83 WH Ponsford 684
    84 DJ Cullinan 684
    85 AR Morris 683
    86 SM Nurse 681
    87 TT Samaraweera 681
    88 AJ Stewart 679
    89 E Paynter 679
    90 M Leyland 676
    91 DC Boon 676
    92 AI Kallicharran 675
    93 IJL Trott 674
    94 DB Vengsarkar 674
    95 Zaheer Abbas 674
    96 BF Butcher 672
    97 IM Chappell 672
    98 EH Hendren 669
    99 R Abel 667
    100 PR Umrigar 666


    So, may I present, the esteemed top 50, starting with the highest ranking opening batsmen for the West Indies and Pakistan respectively.

    50. Gordon Greenidge (West Indies) (1974-1991)



    Career Average: 44.72
    Adjusted career average: 43.42
    Adjusted away average: 41.93
    Adjusted top-opposition average: 40.59
    Top Tier centuries: 0
    Second tier centuries: 7
    Third tier centuries: 12
    Significant innings: 35
    Significant innings per match: 0.32

    Great innings: 6
    3rd Test: England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 8-13, 1976 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 20.06
    1st Test: India v West Indies at Kanpur, Oct 21-25, 1983 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 14.32
    2nd Test: England v West Indies at Lord's, Jun 28-Jul 3, 1984 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 15.66
    4th Test: England v West Indies at Manchester, Jul 26-31, 1984 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 14.14
    2nd Test: New Zealand v West Indies at Auckland, Feb 27-Mar 3, 1987 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 16.04
    4th Test: West Indies v Australia at Bridgetown, Apr 19-24, 1991 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 14.84

    Innings worth average: 2.97

    25 Test peak adjusted average: 58.86 (1981-1984)
    50 Test peak adjusted average: 53.32 (1976-1984)


    Quality Points: 502
    Career Points: 119
    Peak Points: 125
    TOTAL POINTS: 746




    49. Saeed Anwar (Pakistan) (1990-2001)



    Career Average: 45.52
    Adjusted career average: 46.79
    Adjusted away average: 47.61
    Adjusted top-opposition average: 46.53
    Top Tier centuries: 4
    Second tier centuries: 1
    Third tier centuries: 4
    Significant innings: 24
    Significant innings per match: 0.44 (rank =8)
    Great innings: 3
    2nd Test: South Africa v Pakistan at Durban, Feb 26-Mar 2, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 14.69
    1st Test: Pakistan v Australia at Rawalpindi, Oct 1-5, 1998 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 15.66
    1st Match: India v Pakistan at Kolkata, Feb 16-20, 1999 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 20.10

    Innings worth average: 3.48

    25 Test peak adjusted average: 56.05 (1997-2000)
    50 Test peak adjusted average: 48.80 (1990-2000)


    Quality Points: 561
    Career Points: 66
    Peak Points: 120
    TOTAL POINTS: 747
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    Two terrific openers to start the top 50. Its interesting though as if I was to guess which of the pairs adjusted average would go up and which would go down, I would have chosen the opposite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Two terrific openers to start the top 50. Its interesting though as if I was to guess which of the pairs adjusted average would go up and which would go down, I would have chosen the opposite.
    Understandable because Greenidge has many more "great" innings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8ankitj View Post
    Understandable because Greenidge has many more "great" innings.
    But that doesn't justify it at all. Greenidge adjusted career average has gone down, while Anwar's adjusted average is higher than his actual average. I'm assuming Anwar's excellent record against Australia has helped him heaps with the top tier centuries and the fact that he is equal 8th in significant innings.


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    Almost every bowling attack during the 1990s, even Zimbabwe for a brief period, were of a very good quality. Hence, the averages of almost every batsmen who played the majority of their careers in the 1990s have been adjusted upwards.

    Also worth remembering that Greenidge faced some pretty weak England, Australian, and Indian bowling attacks during the mid-1980s when he was at his peak. The "difficult pitches and great bowling attacks of the 1980s" belief is somewhat of a myth if you look closely enough at the teams barring West Indies, Pakistan, and New Zealand at home before 1988.

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    Back in 1965 Gordon Greenidge, a Reading lad, played for Berkshire under-15's - They had four matches and he got three centuries and the other game was rained off.

    The following season a bloke I know took his place and opened the batting with the guy who had opened with GG the previous year - his proudest achievement was that on one of those three occasions when GG got a century he had managed to get to 20 before GG passed 100! The first time he had only just got into double figures and on the other occasion he went for about 3, just before GG got to fifty

    At that time GG also only used to wear one pad, and apparently also took some convincing that he needed to wear a box given how rare it was for the ball to pass his bat

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    Greenidge was always a real favourite of mine. Loved watching him and Haynes open for the WIs when I was a kid.

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    Just been going through the Series Averages of Greenidge and noticed that he had an ordinary time against England in 1980 (ave = 20.66) and 1981.

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    That 1980 series with Botham as captain must have been some match-up.

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    Surprised how low GG is rated. My hero growing up.
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    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    Surprised how low GG is rated. My hero growing up.
    Can't help but feel that Greenidge should have averaged more than 44.72 given his obvious talent and the general overall strength of the West Indian team. But perhaps I'm being overly picky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Can't help but feel that Greenidge should have averaged more than 44.72 given his obvious talent and the general overall strength of the West Indian team. But perhaps I'm being overly picky.
    40 was considered special in the 80s IIRC. only gavaskar, g.chappell, richards, miandad and border averaged above 50. greenidge too had an average of 50 after 60 tests, which is long enough to be considered a full career by any yardstick. it dropped below 46 only in the last couple of series until he finished with a double century and retired as one of the top 5 openers of all time up to that point in history.

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    Thanks for adding the innings links, Steve.

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    Mick Clarke and Adam Gilchrist must be up very shortly.

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    48. Damien Martyn (Australia) (1992-2006)



    Career Average: 46.37
    Adjusted career average: 45.23
    Adjusted away average: 45.68
    Adjusted top-opposition average: 45.07
    Top Tier centuries: 3
    Second tier centuries: 5
    Third tier centuries: 5
    Significant innings: 34
    Significant innings per match: 0.51 (rank 4)
    Great innings: 2
    3rd Test: New Zealand v Australia at Hamilton, Mar 31-Apr 3, 2000 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 14.24
    2nd Test: Sri Lanka v Australia at Kandy, Mar 16-20, 2004 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 14.08

    Innings worth average: 3.13

    25 Test peak adjusted average: 54.94 (1994-2002)
    50 Test peak adjusted average: 52.36 (1994-2005)


    Quality Points: 542
    Career Points: 79
    Peak Points: 127
    TOTAL POINTS: 748



    47. Graeme Smith (South Africa) (2002-present day)



    Career Average: 48.63
    Adjusted career average: 43.65
    Adjusted away average: 47.45
    Adjusted top-opposition average: 41.02
    Top Tier centuries: 5
    Second tier centuries: 6
    Third tier centuries: 3
    Significant innings: 41
    Significant innings per match: 0.37
    Great innings: 3
    2nd Test: England v South Africa at Lord's, Jul 31-Aug 3, 2003 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 12.55
    3rd Test: New Zealand v South Africa at Wellington, Mar 26-30, 2004 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 13.46
    3rd Test: England v South Africa at Birmingham, Jul 30-Aug 2, 2008 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo 18.70

    Innings worth average: 2.99

    25 Test peak adjusted average: 55.75 (2008-2010)
    50 Test peak adjusted average: 47.61 (2008-2013)


    Quality Points: 532
    Career Points: 99
    Peak Points: 118
    TOTAL POINTS: 749

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