This thread could have been so much if Blocky had not died.
Smith made a half century in the second innings of the first test in turning conditions while chasing and overall was the only bat to look competent from the Aust side in that series.hey, i could have brought up the fact it was a dead rubber test but i didnt. smith failed in the live tests against Sri Lanka
you forced my hand!
Barely says anything tbh.Smith made a half century in the second innings of the first test in turning conditions while chasing and overall was the only bat to look competent from the Aust side in that series.
Look my point is that you have to go back to 2013 to find the last series in which he averaged less than 40. Sri Lanka series was obviously a poor one from his standards but he still managed a 40 plus average which is quite different to being found out over and over again for five straight tests while averaging in single digits.
Sachin is better. Easyyeah, i had actually forgotton about that 50 odd in the first test because it was overshadowed by SOK and Nevill's rearguard blockathon
and I'd say Smarsh looked competent in the series, considering he tonned up in the only test he played
anyway im just being devil's advocate now. your point is all well and good. statistically i cant argue Smith isnt above the rest. but he doesnt feel above them when i watch them all bat. not the way it must have looked when Bradman batted in a series next to Hammond and Hutton, and yes i know that is an extreme example.
there's no real consensus on who was better out of sachin and lara is there? to me its the same thing.
This will totally be something that comes back to bite me in the ass, but I think we've got enough data now to say that Kohli is a tiny smidgeon below the other three. Smith, Root and Williamson, then Kohli just a tiny tier below them.
No i really do not i mean i would not call him the GOAT one day batsman if had any.Gob has got a crazy agenda against Kohli though.. Will be fun times in the near future.