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  • Hayden & Langer

    28 54.90%
  • Vaughan & Trescothick

    1 1.96%
  • Sehwag & Chopra

    9 17.65%
  • Richardson & Papps

    0 0%
  • Gibbs & Smith

    13 25.49%
  • Atapattu & Jayasuriya

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    Best Test Openers

    Who do you think are the best test openers?


    I would go with sehwag and chopra...Out of 7 of their matches as openers they have taken their partnership past a 100 4 times


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    Its clearly Gibbs and Smith atm, Sehwag is in form AT THE MOMENT but lets see him keep it up for a good while longer yet, and Chopra isnt really that good, its just that he is allowed to score slowly while batsmen at the other end keep the rate up.
    While Gibbs and Smith are regularly scoring heavily and have i think 2 300+ partnerships together. Something Sehwag and Chopra could only dream about.

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    Gibbs and Smith have 6 century stands and 7 fifty+ stands with an average of 81.93. My vote goes to them.
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    langer and hayden easy for mine
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    Where are Taufiq Umar and Imran Farhat in that list?:rolleyes:
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    Originally posted by age_master
    langer and hayden easy for mine
    Thats what I would like to know where are they, They made 3 century stands against South Africa, Its not that simple you know.

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    Originally posted by SpaceMonkey
    Its clearly Gibbs and Smith atm, Sehwag is in form AT THE MOMENT but lets see him keep it up for a good while longer yet, and Chopra isnt really that good, its just that he is allowed to score slowly while batsmen at the other end keep the rate up.
    While Gibbs and Smith are regularly scoring heavily and have i think 2 300+ partnerships together.
    Its actually three triple hundreds. I think that is a Test record, but I'm not too sure.

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    Have to go with the Aussies, closely followed by the South Africans than a gap to England and India.
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    Hayden and Langer for mine. Although they were far more prolific at the start of their partnership, they have made the Australian batting order far more rigid.

    Gibbs and Smith have started well, much like Langer and Hayden....it would be good to see these 2 continue.

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    Hayden and Langer would still hold this mantle, just because they've been doing it for a few years now.

    Gibbs and Smith not far behind, have been in great form, but can't yet overthrow the mantle that Hayden and Langer have held until they do what they're do for a longer period.

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    Akash Chopra and Virender Sehwag are running up the ladder as being India's best Test openers in the last 5-10 years.

    They really have gelled together. I suppose it is easier when you play for the State team.

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    Very, very close between the Aussies and South Africa, but I've gone for Gibbs and Smith purely because of their massive achievements in such a phenomenally short time.

    Ask me in an hour and I might say the experience of the Aussies swung it.

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    Its a toughie between Gibbs/smith and Langer/Hayden.

    I'd prolly just opt for the latter.


    Sehwag and Chopra are a promising pairing but its early days yet for them.

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    Its actually three triple hundreds. I think that is a Test record, but I'm not too sure.
    Yeah Craig they're the first pair to feature in three triple ton partnerships.
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    Gibbs and Smith. The only thing they lack is experience - but to be honest, they've proven that they don't really need much of it. I'd rather inexperienced openers that can average over 80 and pull off three 300+ partnerships than experienced openers that average less. The only thing that counts at the end of the day is scoring a lot of runs at a steady or accelerated pace, and right now, they can do that better than anyone.

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