Righties vs lefties: 1980 – 2013
The last few years have seen the Australian Test batting order heavily dominated by left handers.
When I was growing up, there was a preference for a left handed opener to upset the bowlers rhythm in a right-handed dominant order.
Now most of our batsman are left-handers. There are also more left handed bowlers.
After the last few weeks of ‘top ten’ lists on The Roar, I got to thinking about which would be the stronger team.
The following are two teams, one made up of Australian left handed batsmen, the other made up of Australian right handers.
The team is made up of players who appeared for Australia from 1983 to now.
Who would win, the lefties or the righties?
Lefties: Matt Hayden, Mark Taylor, Justin Langer, Simon Katich, Allan Border, Michael Hussey, Adam Gilchrist, Rodney Hogg, Mitchell Johnson, Bruce Reid and Doug Bollinger.
Righties: David Boon, Michael Slater, Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke, Steve Waugh, Dean Jones, Ian Healy, Shane Warne, Jason Gillespie, Merv Hughes and Glenn McGrath.
Although I am an unabashed Ponting disciple, I think the lefties have a stronger batting order (ignoring the last two of course).
However, the lefties would need that batting order as their bowling attack cannot compare to the righties, spearheaded by Warne and McGrath.
On the strength of the bowling, I award the righties as the winners.
Apologies to Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and any others who were before my time.
What do you think, Roarers? Did I forget anyone?