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Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby S Barrett » Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:58 pm

With the Ashes in full flow, who do you reckon, alive or dead, is Australias best cricketer? My vote would go to Steve Waugh. He was as cold as ice out at the crease and played like a man possessed whenever he wore the famous Baggy Green. Australia could do with a few Steve Waughs at the moment.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Andrew » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:34 am

Definitely Steve Waugh - I still have a photo of him up at my desk from his innings at The Oval in 2001 when he played with a torn calf muscle but still one-leggged it to 157 not out.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby S Barrett » Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:38 pm

Andrew wrote:Definitely Steve Waugh - I still have a photo of him up at my desk from his innings at The Oval in 2001 when he played with a torn calf muscle but still one-leggged it to 157 not out.




His back to back centuries during the 1997 Ashes Series in Old Trafford were two outstanding knocks as well. I read his autobiography ( nearly 800 pages ) and it is a brilliant book. I read somewhere that his brother Mark got the nickname " Afghanistan " because he is known as the forgotten Waugh :lol: h.

He was a tough nugget as well when he was at the crease.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Peter1805 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:19 pm

Hard to go past Sir Donald Bradman with a Test batting average of 99.94 - he was a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon.

Bowler - probably Shane Warne, I guess.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Two-Way » Wed Jul 17, 2013 9:04 pm

Yup Steve Waugh. My memory will always be of his 10,000th test run. Crowding around Nanna's old tube TV watching the awful country TV signal. Then watching him a few runs later take out a century :-) Adam Gilchrist was the other batsmen from memory.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby S Barrett » Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:05 pm

The Don was a class act alright. Would he have been as good in the modern game though?

As for Warne, his off field shenanigans put me off him and we wont mention the drugs scandal that he was enbroiled in.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby S Barrett » Thu Jul 18, 2013 8:50 pm

England 28 - 3 already. Maybe the Aussie bowlers got a nice pep talk from the Queen. :D :D
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby scott » Mon Jul 22, 2013 8:03 am

We just got thrashed in the Second test, to the tune of 347 runs, the sixth loss of a test match in a row.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Peter1805 » Mon Jul 22, 2013 11:22 am

S Barrett wrote:The Don was a class act alright. Would he have been as good in the modern game though?

As for Warne, his off field shenanigans put me off him and we wont mention the drugs scandal that he was enbroiled in.


Bradman would have been as good in ANY era. Unmatched natural talent and leadership.

I agree with you about Warne. Blaming his mother for taking an illegal substance was a very low act, and the man spends more time looking in the mirror than he does breathing, but for sheer bowling talent he was unsurpassed.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby S Barrett » Mon Jul 22, 2013 6:18 pm

scott wrote:We just got thrashed in the Second test, to the tune of 347 runs, the sixth loss of a test match in a row.





Is this the best squad of players available for selection or are there more that could be called up? My view is that this is a team of individuals instead of team players. The ongoing row between Watson and Clarke is just adding to the problem.

Yesterday Ian Botham mentioned that Glenn Mc Grath, Steve Waugh, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Dennis Lillee, Merv Hughes, Jeff Thompson and one or two other ex players were at Lords either commentating or watching the game. He also said that these ex players would put up a better fight than the current players.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby howlerbus » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:20 pm

None of the current players are close to being our greatest
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Peter1805 » Thu Jul 25, 2013 5:33 pm

I'm sure that if Steve Waugh put his pads on over his street-clothes and went out and faced up he would do much better than half the current team's "finest" batsmen.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby S Barrett » Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:20 pm

Peter1805 wrote:I'm sure that if Steve Waugh put his pads on over his street-clothes and went out and faced up he would do much better than half the current team's "finest" batsmen.




I reckon his stare alone would frighten the bejaysus out of the English bowlers. Has there ever been so much disharmony in an Australian touring party? Certain players seem to have no respect for the Baggy Green whatsoever. Am I wrong in saying this??
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Shoudy Chen » Thu Oct 27, 2016 1:10 pm

Shane Warne - Holder for most international wickets for australia.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby CCCC » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:08 pm

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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Lt. Commander Data » Thu Oct 27, 2016 8:25 pm

CCCC wrote:NOT Clark


Good Call. Maybe Travis Head?
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby 1whoknows » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:30 pm

At the moment it's probably the fat kid from hey dad.
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Alstom 888M » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:24 am

It's me... *gulp*
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby Looselion » Wed Nov 16, 2016 10:32 pm

I guess the question today becomes "who's the best of a sad and sorry lot?"

One thing I'm sure about is the whole lot of them need taking down a peg or two, in order to understand that those humongous million dollars per year salaries have to be earned.....they're not paid just to show up at the stadium.

Most folks, when they screw up constantly at their job to the point of bringing their employer and industry into disrepute, are sacked.

How much longer do these very privileged individuals get to continue operating within a set of rules entirely different from the rest of society?
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Re: Who Is Australias Best Cricketer?

Postby scott » Thu Nov 17, 2016 8:56 am

Joe the cameraman is now proven right.

Can't bowl, can't throw.

I know a bunch of 12 year olds who play interschool cricket, who will do a much better job.
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