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    Is Hashim Amla be among strong contenders for a spot in the AT World XI?

    Hashim Amla has come a long way since his debut and he has looked really solid for the last 3 to 4 years.

    Hashim Amla | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo

    He has played about 70 odd tests and averages about 52. He plays the quicks really well and manages to play spin quite well too (usually plays it very late and from the crease but doesn't look uncomfortable doing that).

    My question is that has he done enough to be considered for a spot in an ATXI? Or how long does he need to carry on like this to be a contender for a spot in an ATXI?
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    Can't replace Bradman.
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    Yeah, look, it gives me a pain deep inside my uterus to admit it, but it's Ajmal until such time as we get a working throwing law again.
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    Bare in mind that the likes of Ponting and Lara averaged more than that when they were in their prime like Amla is now. They tailed off towards the end of their careers, just like Amla will in inevitably do what with his unorthodox technique. Also remember that Amla hasn't had to face Steyn/Morkel/Philander. Who else is there nowadays that can really be considered a great bowler? Anderson, Ajmal, Swann?
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    Just Anderson. I wouldn't consider Swann or Ajmal as great bowlers. And why are you including Morkel in that list?


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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    Hashim Amla has come a long way since his debut and he has looked really solid for the last 3 to 4 years.

    Hashim Amla | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo

    He has played about 70 odd tests and averages about 52. He plays the quicks really well and manages to play spin quite well too (usually plays it very late and from the crease but doesn't look uncomfortable doing that).

    My question is that has he done enough to be considered for a spot in an ATXI? Or how long does he need to carry on like this to be a contender for a spot in an ATXI?
    Nope. Sadly, given that the best attack in the world is his own team, and the bowling around the world pretty much sucks, its hard to rate him that highly even if he continually performs well in all conditions.

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    No way is Anderson a great bowler. The only one who deserves that label is Steyn.

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    I would say no for a World XI, but he a definitely a certainty for a South African XI at first drop. Amla, Pollock, Kallis and Nourse.
    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

    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 Agent Nationaux View Post
    Just Anderson. I wouldn't consider Swann or Ajmal as great bowlers. And why are you including Morkel in that list?
    Wasn't claiming that all 3 are great, just that it's generally considered the best of bowling attacks nowadays, and he hasn't had to face it.

    Great and All-Time Great are two different things, by the way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by subshakerz View Post
    No way is Anderson a great bowler. The only one who deserves that label is Steyn.
    Anderson is a great bowler but not an ATG (only Steyn is and Philander will be)

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    Interesting. So he doesn't have a chance to break into such sides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    Interesting. So he doesn't have a chance to break into such sides?
    Too early. Not many batsmen were considered ATG when they were only 30 years of age.

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    He's great to watch. He'll improve further.

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    Is he really going to improve further?

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    He has been awesome in the last few years. He doesn't need to improve but just keep doing what he has done in the last 4 years.

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