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CW's Ranking of Opening Batsmen (Tests)


International Vice-Captain
Desmond Haynes is incredibly overrated. Among wi openers I'd go:


Line and Length

International Captain
Thanks to all the contributions, I can now complete our list of 25 openers:

The votes:
Merchant 3*
Haynes 2
Brown 1
Edrich 1
Kirsten 6
Langer 4
Amiss 1
Warner 4
H.Taylor 1
* Reduced to 3 after a voting change

I declare Gary Kirsten the 24th name on the list with Justin Langer taking 25th spot over Warner by virtue of earlier votes.

The List
1. Jack Hobbs
2. Len Hutton
3. Sunil Gavaskar
4. Herbert Sutcliffe
5. Geoffrey Boycott
6. Graeme Smith
7. Bob Simpson
8. Gordon Greenidge
9. Virender Sehwag
10. Barry Richards
11. Matthew Hayden
12. Graham Gooch
13. Arthur Morris
14. Bill Lawry
15. Victor Trumper
16. Alastair Cook
17. Bruce Mitchell
18. Bill Ponsford
19. Hanif Mohammad
20. Glenn Turner
21. Conrad Hunte
22. Bill Woodfull
23. Sid Barnes
24. Gary Kirsten
25. Justin Langer