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    Karunaratne

    The best test opener in the world right now? Scoring big runs consistently in different conditions for the last 2 or 3 years. Winning games in runs chases and now as captain too.
    Warner still the best imo but not atm
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    Between him and Latham I'd imagine.

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    Latham is the quintessential minnow basher. Azhar Ali has quietly had a decent run as test opener. Warner is an HTB. I'd say Elgar or Karunaratne.
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    Yes elgar has been good for a longer time. I'm guessing his home and away average are pretty similar too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by trundler View Post
    Latham is the quintessential minnow basher. Azhar Ali has quietly had a decent run as test opener. Warner is an HTB. I'd say Elgar or Karunaratne.
    Dimuth's record against the big teams isn't any better, especially away from home. Has a few more than decent innings in the last couple of years though.

    Would say it's close.

    Elgar's had a tough time of it recently but he's in the conversation yeah. The standard worldwide is as bad as I've ever seen.

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    Overall it's Elgar. Recently it's Dimuth. Not even 1 or 2 standout names since Cook's decline.

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    Was it vihari opening in Australia? He did well. There is potential in markram inziman and burns

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    Quote Originally Posted by MW1304 View Post
    Dimuth's record against the big teams isn't any better, especially away from home. Has a few more than decent innings in the last couple of years though.

    Would say it's close.

    Elgar's had a tough time of it recently but he's in the conversation yeah. The standard worldwide is as bad as I've ever seen.
    That's simply not true. If we exclude Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, Latham's record as opener is 1,670 runs @ 30.92 with 2 centuries. Excluding Bangladesh, West Indies and Zimbabwe, Karunaratne has 3,265 runs @ 36.68 with 6 centuries.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Flint View Post
    Was it vihari opening in Australia? He did well. There is potential in markram inziman and burns
    He opened once I think. I was impressed by Agarwal. Of course there is Shaw too.

    Tamin and Brathwaite are in the best openers conversation too.

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    Brathwaite has averaged only 14 in his last 7 matches. Openers have struggled so much the past year.

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    lathams a ****ing woeful opener. **** his average, he's not even the best opener in his own team. karunaratne is miles ahead of him.
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    Before the NZ/Aus/SA tour Karunaratne was the worlds in form opener, but he didn't really pass the mustard except for one good innings in NZ.

    One of those guys who can really go big once set though, and also one who stands up in the second dig

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    Jack Leach should be in the conversation or best openers in recent times.

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