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shinboner spiggs

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Odd one but used to love Michael Vaughan. Similar to Clarke, he was always a ball or two away from having his stumps sent cartwheeling, which made it harder to turn away from viewing. A great timer of the ball, sexy on the pull shot.
 

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that's close to my favourite over of all time
You forget because Faf plays one of the great innings on day 5 but there wouldn't be many more dominate displays of batting than Australia on this day. They finished 5/482 at the end of day 1 (only 86.5 overs bowled too) against an attack featuring Steyn and Morkel (and Imran Tahir but we'll gloss over that).
 

Gough

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You forget because Faf plays one of the great innings on day 5 but there wouldn't be many more dominate displays of batting than Australia on this day. They finished 5/482 at the end of day 1 (only 86.5 overs bowled too) against an attack featuring Steyn and Morkel (and Imran Tahir but we'll gloss over that).
That first day was one of those ones where you walk out of the ground at stumps wondering what the f*** you've just seen.
 

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SW was always good for a joke but they carried on with their wicket until it became untenable..

not a time for blag and bluster..
 
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Martin Crowe was great to watch

Herschelle Gibbs, Virender Sehwag.

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AB De Villiers appeared to be playing a different game to everyone else.
 

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ash_1050

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Seeing Sachin bat in the flesh was watching poetry in motion. Looked completely fluid where other batsmen looked jilted and stodgy.
 

PhatBoy

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Seeing Sachin bat in the flesh was watching poetry in motion. Looked completely fluid where other batsmen looked jilted and stodgy.
i remember showing up for day 3 of the test in Sydney where he and Laxman made a thousand on day two.

tendulkar only added maybe 20 on day 3 but four of them came off a Lee thunderbolt -like 154-155km/h - and I just shook my head that someone could be so still and hit the ball to the boundary back past the bowler so effortlessly
 

Gough

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i remember showing up for day 3 of the test in Sydney where he and Laxman made a thousand on day two.

tendulkar only added maybe 20 on day 3 but four of them came off a Lee thunderbolt -like 154-155km/h - and I just shook my head that someone could be so still and hit the ball to the boundary back past the bowler so effortlessly
Just finished a book you'd probably like mate, The Unforgiven Mercenaries or Missionaries about the Rebel West Indian cricket tours. Best cricket book I've read this year.
 

PhatBoy

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Just finished a book you'd probably like mate, The Unforgiven Mercenaries or Missionaries about the Rebel West Indian cricket tours. Best cricket book I've read this year.
I’ve read a lot of feature pieces on some of those guys and it is fascinating and very very sad at the same time. Very very complex issue and hard to take a definitive stance on it but regardless I have a lot of sympathy for the guys that went and were never the same again. I’ll have to track it down
 

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Might just be the bias and the lack of a particularly eye catching current West Indian specialist batsman but Jason Holder looks beautiful when he’s in good nick. All his drives look like practice swings.
 

Gough

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I’ve read a lot of feature pieces on some of those guys and it is fascinating and very very sad at the same time. Very very complex issue and hard to take a definitive stance on it but regardless I have a lot of sympathy for the guys that went and were never the same again. I’ll have to track it down
A definitive stand is impossible to come to. As a kid in the anti Apartheid movement there was no middle ground, these guys were sell outs in every respect and only to be condemned. Age has certainly softened that and it's hard not to be moved by some of the stories and empathise with their position but my experience in the 80s and knowing what South Africa was like for a black man back then I still think they were wrong to go but I can understand why they went and believe that some of them suffered unduly for what they did.
 

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You forget because Faf plays one of the great innings on day 5 but there wouldn't be many more dominate displays of batting than Australia on this day. They finished 5/482 at the end of day 1 (only 86.5 overs bowled too) against an attack featuring Steyn and Morkel (and Imran Tahir but we'll gloss over that).
I was overseas in Borneo and missed this whole series. Couldn't believe what I was reading when I finally got to check the scores for this game.
 

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Gower was the most stylish batsman I've seen.

I had the privilege of seeing him live in an ODI between NZ and England at the WACA, seeing him unleash his cover drive was worth the price of admission alone.

Stephen Fleming was the Kiwi equivalent, he wasn't quite in Gower's class though.
 

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