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Steve Smith - How Good?

Having watched Smith bat a few times over the years, I still cannot fathom how he averages 62 in test Cricket.
He's obviously a good player, but he's a former spinning all-rounder who looked like a decent number six in his early years, and not one who scores a century in less than one in three tests.
If we're going by stats then he's the best test batsman of his era, and arguably better than Sachin, Ponting, Sanga and Lara, though unlike these greats, he never looks dominating to me.
Is this a week era of bowling or is Smith one of the best players of all time?

posted on 8/8/19

It's a weak era, full stop

Only Steyn and Anderson in recent years

Starc will get there, i think Boult will too at some point

Others are not great, either careers are too short or they just haven't posed enough consistent threat

I mean I know Herath got tons of wickets, but did he scare anyone really, apart from on dustbowls?

posted on 8/8/19

Ajmal had a dodgy action while Ashwin got 90% of his wickets in Asia. In the recent era I would have is:

1) Steyn
2) Anderson
3) Philander
4) Broad
5) Boult

Big game from Steyn and the rest though.

posted on 8/8/19

Mohammed Asif?

posted on 8/8/19

Spot fixing ruined his career. Only played 23 tests.

posted on 8/8/19

True!

Shame, as he was a potential great, like Amir

posted on 8/8/19

Yeah Amir was never the same. Struggled to swing the ball since his return and now he's called time on test cricket.

posted on 8/8/19

Of the bowlers that have made their debut this century, who are the best bowlers from each team?

England - Anderson
Australia - Mitch Johnson?
SA - Steyn
Ind - Zaheer Khan?
Pak - Ajmal
SL - For me it is Ajantha Mendis, some would say Herath, Malinga maybe?
NZ - Bond or Boult?
WI - Jermaine Taylor? No idea who else they've had


posted on 8/8/19

comment by JustTrue (U13155)
posted 21 minutes ago
Of the bowlers that have made their debut this century, who are the best bowlers from each team?

England - Anderson
Australia - Mitch Johnson?
SA - Steyn
Ind - Zaheer Khan?
Pak - Ajmal
SL - For me it is Ajantha Mendis, some would say Herath, Malinga maybe?
NZ - Bond or Boult?
WI - Jermaine Taylor? No idea who else they've had



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Yasir Shah for Pak

posted on 8/8/19

Not in a million years

Ajmal was much more dangerous than Yasir I felt

Probably Umer Gul has contributed more too

posted on 14/8/19

comment by JustTrue (U13155)
posted 6 days ago
Not in a million years

Ajmal was much more dangerous than Yasir I felt

Probably Umer Gul has contributed more too

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Shows why Pakistan cricket has declined in this century, their best bowler Ajmal who a world class offie is not even in 200 wkt odd list.

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