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Depends where you look, really. As I said, Langer began his career as an opener, and was pushed down to number 3 because that was where he was most needed in a time when there were many quality openers in Australian domestic cricket (Hayden, Slater, Taylor, Blewett, Marsh, Elliot etc). When he has played in England, for example, he has always opened, from the mid 90s when he first signed with Middlesex until now.Richard said:Yes, the same amount of time as since he last batted at three for Australia, amazingly enough.
Who exactly is better? Hayden is arguable and the distinction would usually be made on form, Sehwag also is on par at best, Smith hasn't done anything particularly impressive against a good attack in a long time, so who else is there? Strauss, Trescothick, Gayle, De Villiers? Hardly.Richard said:Langer might be an opener, he might not be, but IMO he's certainly not one of the top openers in The World in any case, I've said that before.
I still think that if he's played the greater part of his career at three, regardless of what's been most recent, he's not an opener, but a manufactured one.