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Rank Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Kevin Pietersen and Michael Clarke.

ankitj

Hall of Fame Member
I'll go: Clarke > Smith > Pietersen > Amla

Seems I'm the only one to rank Clarke highest. I remeber when he was in God mode and played some highly impactful knocks much better than those of others. Almost an ATG is my impression of him.
 
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Coronis

International Vice-Captain
iirc in the recent CW voting thread it was Smith 37, Clarke 50 and Amla and Jayawardene didn’t make the top 50
 

BazBall21

State Vice-Captain
I’ll go:
Amla
Smith
KP
Clarke

They’re all same tier though and evenly matched imo. Any order is probably reasonable. Clarke doesn’t deserve to be last but someone has to be.
 
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ankitj

Hall of Fame Member
Amla finished significantly below 50 actually. Was just shy at 100b test mark (49.99) but finished with 46.64 after 124 tests which is quite a slump.
 

BazBall21

State Vice-Captain
Smith had the toughest job of the lot but excluding the three weakest attacks of his era (two complete minnows and the other very feeble) he averaged 42 overall and 34 at home. KP definitely had his flaws too and obvs didn’t have opener tax but I wouldn’t be too fussed with him being rated over Smith.
 
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subshakerz

International Captain
Will ignore Smith. Instinctively feel Clarke is last and most overrated.

I put Amla slightly behind KP who was more of the alpha bat of his team while Amla had cushier middle order support.
 

BazBall21

State Vice-Captain
I’ll go:
Amla
Smith
KP
Clarke

They’re all same tier though and evenly matched imo. Any order is probably reasonable. Clarke doesn’t deserve to be last but someone has to be.
Putting Smith and KP level. Feels like English bias, but feel like Smith averaging 34 at home excluding two minnow attacks and one that was almost minnow level is an understated problem. In contrast to Hayden, who’s weaknesses are exceptionally well-documented.
 
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shortpitched713

International Regular
So, for me there is an unfair aspect of this comparison, which is that 1 of the 4 is an opener. To me, facing the first new ball of the innings, is the most consistently repeated sort of challenge that batsmen have to face. For this reason I think it should add a certain amount of runs to their average. And as Graeme Smith already has a comparable / better production to the other 3, I'd place him comfortably 1st out of the 4.

Between the other 3, I'd go:

Clarke > Pietersen > Amla

All very gun, and all quite close. Amla suffering a bit from taking considerably longer than the others to hit his stride in Test cricket, although at his peak could be argued was better.

This grouping is very comparable to the Mahela, Inzy, Chanderpaul, MoYo group, although once again I'd put Smith a cut above the rest being an opener scoring at a very similar clip as the others. Combining my 2 lists from both threads below:

Smith > Clarke > Chanderpaul > Pietersen > Inzamam > Amla > Yousuf > Jayawardene
 

Raz0r6ack

School Boy/Girl Captain
The reason Pietersen is better then Smith is because Pietersen averaged over 50 vs Warne & McGrath. Whereas Smith was very dismissal.

Australia with McGrath and Warne were the benchmark team of their era. So performances against them should be heavily skewed in how a player is viewed.

Smith only had success against Australia after McGrath and Warne retired. He only averaged 22 vs Australia in South Africa.

Pietersen at certain times also dominated the likes of Muralitharan and Steyn. Can't recall any great bowler that Smith ever dominated.

Smith scoring runs against weak overseas attacks like England, New Zealand, etc isn't as impressive and is overblown.
 

TheJediBrah

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So, for me there is an unfair aspect of this comparison, which is that 1 of the 4 is an opener. To me, facing the first new ball of the innings, is the most consistently repeated sort of challenge that batsmen have to face. For this reason I think it should add a certain amount of runs to their average.
I think most people are taking this into account and giving it a fair weighting

Also playing his home games in SA which has been typically worst for batting
 
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subshakerz

International Captain
The reason Pietersen is better then Smith is because Pietersen averaged over 50 vs Warne & McGrath. Whereas Smith was very dismissal.

Australia with McGrath and Warne were the benchmark team of their era. So performances against them should be heavily skewed in how a player is viewed.

Smith only had success against Australia after McGrath and Warne retired. He only averaged 22 vs Australia in South Africa.

Pietersen at certain times also dominated the likes of Muralitharan and Steyn. Can't recall any great bowler that Smith ever dominated.

Smith scoring runs against weak overseas attacks like England, New Zealand, etc isn't as impressive and is overblown.
Yeah this is fair. And KP played 10 tests against McWarne, not a small sample.
 

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