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Border at 50

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
Brilliant Test batsman.
Brilliant catcher.
Brilliant tactician.
Relatively good judge of cricketers.
Disgrace of a judge of when to allow a fellow player to leave the field due to illness.
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
Pratyush said:
A reason he was a good selector.
He was a reasonably good selector, but nonetheless he played a part in some utter stupidity which has had examples given in other threads by myself and tec.
For which he may take some blame, but we'll never know as we don't sit in on selection meetings.
 

Pratters

Cricket, Lovely Cricket
Richard said:
He was a reasonably good selector,... but we'll never know as we don't sit in on selection meetings.
As we do not sit in selection meetings how do you know he was a good selector or not when the decision is taken as a team 8-)
 

archie mac

International Coach
Allan Border

Stand to order for the little big man of Cricket
Stand to order Aussie flags as he comes to the wicket
Stand to order and applaud Allan Robert Border

He came to the fore during the WSC highjack
Just 23 – older than Craig, both from NSB HS
Far too loyal to except a Packer kickback

Come of age at Lahore the final destination
First player to score 150 in both innings
10 hours of determination master of concentration

Stand to order for the greatest Australian left -hander
Stand to order for Hill, Morris & Harvey. No slander
Stand to order and applaud Allan Robert Border

THE ASHES
In 1982/83 looked all over no batting form
Only his loyal fan’s thought he should stay
Managed to hold his spot despite media storm

Fourth Test with the last man in 74 to make
Thommo could see the finish in boundary style
Tavarè buckets miss, Miller to rescue rebound takes

In 85 some players took the Ashes Rand
The ‘G’ Force cleaned us up Border’s 196
Only Lords perform under the S.C I stand

89 back to emulate Woodfull circa 1934
McDermott learns the epithet Captain Grumpy
Ashes are ours Aussie Cricket off the floor

Stand to order for the little big man of Cricket
Stand to order Aussie flags as he comes to the wicket
Stand to order and applaud Allan Robert Border

Worrell Trophy
Faithful lieutenant to the mercurial Hughes
No support from Chappell’s, Fot or Bacchus
After the tears a reluctant Captain to choose



In Border’s time the Windies were great
Leg spin the answer 11-96 AB the all-rounder
With speed to burn bouncers and losses we did hate

One time in Adelaide his dream came close
Polish that tension ball, May and McDermott…
Champagne away; Taylor to make that toast

Stand to order for the greatest Australian left -hander
Stand to order for Hill, Morris & Harvey. No slander
Stand to order and applaud Allan Robert Border

One Day
273 appearances in the pyjama game
Run Out specialist short mid wicket
Record speaks for it’s self-everlasting fame

As rank outsiders to the Cup they came
Gatting’s reverse sweep the final act
Border’s boys to enjoy immortal fame

The End
They all go even one of the best
Not ready to retire more to achieve
To give adopted State the Shield quest

In the hall of fame great recognition
To many awards to keep tally of
AB medal for the best a fitting distinction

Stand to order 1174 runs 156 Tests 93 in charge
Stand to order selector & commentator contribution large
Stand to order and applaud Allan Robert Border
 

marc71178

Eyes not spreadsheets
Anyone who played that long with that average can't have been a bad player (especially factoring in the fact he wasn't playing in such a batsman-friendly era)

As for the Jones incident - blown out of proportion by 1 forum member, why does that not surprise me.
 

Anil

International Coach
one of the grittiest players ever...i consider him to be an even more dependable batsman than waugh under pressure.....
 

twctopcat

International Regular
Yeah for sure. The first time i realised that was watching old tapes of '81 and he always seemed to hang around when willis and botham were going mental. Though i could be completely wrong.
 

Top_Cat

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As Richie Benaud said, not a bad career for a cricketer who only had two shots.
That sounds unusually harsh to have come from Benords. Maybe Benaud was saying it in ironic sense to those critics of Border who said that about him? Because I can't imagine Benaud saying something like that about Border, particularly since it was so untrue. Border in his pomp was a fearsome player off the back-foot (pulls and cuts raced to the fence) and was an outstanding driver of the ball, especially through cover and mid-off. That in addition to the fact he was one of the best players of spin of his generation.
 

twctopcat

International Regular
I think he was being ironic, probably a few people said that early in his career i don't know. Richie said it during the coverage for the first test last week though i got the feeling he had said it a few times before!!!
 

Anil

International Coach
Top_Cat said:
That sounds unusually harsh to have come from Benords. Maybe Benaud was saying it in ironic sense to those critics of Border who said that about him? Because I can't imagine Benaud saying something like that about Border, particularly since it was so untrue. Border in his pomp was a fearsome player off the back-foot (pulls and cuts raced to the fence) and was an outstanding driver of the ball, especially through cover and mid-off. That in addition to the fact he was one of the best players of spin of his generation.
was a master at judging and playing according to the situation....captained australia at a most difficult phase in the 80s when chappell, lillee and marsh retired almost together....held the team together almost single-handedly for quite a while and the new generation of players(waugh, dean jones, taylor...) matured under his leadership....
 

social

Hall of Fame Member
twctopcat said:
As Richie Benaud said, not a bad career for a cricketer who only had two shots.
I played in a charity match against Border when he was at or near his peak.

Despite the inclusion of former test and state bowlers on our team, he was the star attraction.

The match was played on a relatively small ground but on an absolute green-top.

Batting first, we had the opposition 2 for nothing when Border came to the wicket.

Whilst the rest of the team struggled, he scored 117 off 52 balls (I remember those stats because of the quality of the innings) and, by my recollection, only mis-hit one delivery and did not have a slog until the ball that dismissed him.

Like some others (Steve Waugh, Boycott, etc), he could play all the shots but chose to refine his game to the extent that he only played those with the least risk. And thank god he did as he was a shining beacon in a sea of mediocrity for many years.

Australian cricket owes him far more than most.
 

FaaipDeOiad

Hall of Fame Member
An absolute champion players who played in one of the bleakest ever eras (if not THE bleakest) for Australian cricket. As the cricinfo mention in the "on this day" section points out, the highlight of his career was his two magnificent unbeaten knocks to save a test against the West Indies in 1984, but really he was constantly reliable, to the degree where he could easily be termed one of the toughest batsmen both mentally and physically to ever play the game. His approach to the game without question stands him alongside guys like Steve Waugh and Geoff Boycott, and the toughest situations brought out the best in him, which is really the best test of a true champion.
 

twctopcat

International Regular
social said:
I played in a charity match against Border when he was at or near his peak.

Despite the inclusion of former test and state bowlers on our team, he was the star attraction.

The match was played on a relatively small ground but on an absolute green-top.

Batting first, we had the opposition 2 for nothing when Border came to the wicket.

Whilst the rest of the team struggled, he scored 117 off 52 balls (I remember those stats because of the quality of the innings) and, by my recollection, only mis-hit one delivery and did not have a slog until the ball that dismissed him.

Like some others (Steve Waugh, Boycott, etc), he could play all the shots but chose to refine his game to the extent that he only played those with the least risk. And thank god he did as he was a shining beacon in a sea of mediocrity for many years.

Australian cricket owes him far more than most.
Just in case anyone thought i was mocking the man believe me i wasn't, i hold him in the highest regard!!!
 

Richard

Cricket Web Staff Member
marc71178 said:
As for the Jones incident - blown out of proportion by 1 forum member, why does that not surprise me.
Because of course as we all know it's quite forgiveable to nearly kill one of the members of your team. 8-)
 

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