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Guys- I think we are being unfair to Chris Silverwood here. The man is so good that he still has no signs of being sacked despite such an abysmal performance, at least give him kudos for that 😂 .

On a serious note though, at this rate Silverwood would be lucky to coach a CPL team…

Should Jos Buttler hang up the gloves in Test cricket?

Agreed as always Paul

Should Jos Buttler hang up the gloves in Test cricket?

It is a real shame that he fails to, I strongly like his potential but also think its abit of a shame for his failure to fulfil it.

Should Jos Buttler hang up the gloves in Test cricket?

I think red and white ball games are quite different in nature, Butlers natural game is the one we saw in T20 World Cup but we also saw what that approach does with Rishabh Pant’s outing in Johanesburg. Just do not think he is a multi-format keeper/batsman like Gilchrist or even Mark Boucher were (hence the comparison, the ability to adapt to every format as opposed to stats or reputation)

Should Jos Buttler hang up the gloves in Test cricket?

Indeed.

Should Jos Buttler hang up the gloves in Test cricket?

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Top ten Test opening pairs in history

To simplify and in other words, Sachin’s average of 40.25 in Pakistan against the likes of Akram, Waqar and Akhtar is better than his average of 47 in the West Indies against the likes of Cuffy or Sanford….Which makes the entire lets rely solely on average a bit naive.

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

Apologies for any undue aggression from my end, I was just a bit taken aback that people are quick to criticise the list in a rather condescending manner (which is frankly just a superficial element of this article), instead the point of the article was to simply remember the great test openers, regardless of average or era as in our current playing generation there is a noticeable lack of quality test opening pairs . I simply put it in a list format as it helps me write well, it is not, by any means meant to undermine or unjustly glorify any players. The original title of this article was in fact, called ” My top 10″ and I had even almost submitted it with the title ” Greatest opening pairs in history”.

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

Yeah I got that hence stoppped arguing with him 😂

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

If you refuse to accept that, then you will never understand the point of this or any historical orientated article. 😂

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

It was more to do with Hobbs being supported by Washbrook which made their dynamic interesting.

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

True, definitely worth a mention- had a lot to choose from!

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

😂 Appears people get triggered rather easily here Paul. I think the original title was something like “Top test opening pairs in history”, but even if it was a top 10 list, it should have been “my top 10” to distinguish between subjectivity and objectivity. Like you said, the point of this article was to remember them, regardless of the rank (which is just a superficial element of the article)

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

You are entitled to your opinion, just as I am mine. Like I say here before though , a person with good cricketing knowledge will know that averages are often just half the story, there are other factors that one should consider- Quality of the pitches, quality of opposition bowlers, team culture, funds at disposal for those cricketers and finally, the ratio of home:away matches. With regards to longevity, what makes you think it is easy to be consistent openers at international level full of hostile bowlers and pitches. I am fully aware it Lawry and not Lowry, but that is due to autocorrect which has now been edited. Used this for the above comment, but it is also applicable here- get well soon https://www.sydneyangermanagement.com.au/

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

Well, clearly you are angry- so I think you should get help. 😂

Nonetheless, it is an opinion and if you do not agree then it is fine. A person with good cricketing knowledge will know that averages are often just half the story, there are other factors that one should consider- Quality of the pitches, quality of opposition bowlers, team culture, Funds at disposal for those cricketers and finally, the ratio of home:away matches. Unless you take these into account, your opinion would be “just moot” . 😂 😂

Nonetheless, for you though- get well soon

https://www.sydneyangermanagement.com.au/

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

Brilliant, I actually thought about that when I mentioned Viv Richards – it is something that I will make another article about when I have time . A big psychological advantage in knowing you have a great no 3 should you fail.

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

Perfectly fine and a reasonable rationale! I have seen a lot more of Hayden and Langer than Slater and Taylor, so perhaps it is a bit of unconscious bias there! Nonetheless, this was meant to be more or less remembering the best opening pairs in history and not a definite list haha

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

Yes , yes- realised autocorrect got Lawry to Lowry !

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

True, to be honest you could say the same about Dilshan and Boycott (who had like 16 opening partners).

Top ten Test opening pairs in history

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Food for thought: How to make the Ashes competitive right now

I acknowledge I made a mistake here by having 5 overseas players, to rectify it I would replace Jamieson with Vijay Shankar who happens to share the initials with my closest of friends who happens to be an RCB fan.

Predicting Royal Challengers Bangalore’s XI after the 2022 IPL auction

Well , then David Warner would have been my opener instead of Karunaratne if I solely used the rankings. That being said , the ICC rankings were a factor for me in selecting players with similar numbers but I have looked primary at 2021 numbers in isolation (also even specialised numbers against quality opposition).

The best Test cricket XI of 2021

Agreed, will take note of it next time!

The best Test cricket XI of 2021

Yes, tottally concede my mistake! Perhpas I confused Tim Southee’s vice captaincy of T20Is with Tests. Of course, there were other players who could have easily made the list- it is simply my opinion. I also looked at averages and rankings , which helped me pick my players as most players that you mention were similarly good in terms of this years numbers.

The best Test cricket XI of 2021

Alright, if you want to be pragmatic and challenge my opinion, then here it is. Your graph, as you suggested is valid for Tests and this (opinionated) list was purely looking at the T20Is in the year 2021. If you actually check my Test list, you will find that I have chosen Rishabh Pant as my designated keeper because like you I agree that Butler is a mediocre red ball keeper (and I chose Pant there primary due to his batting at no 6/7).

When it comes to solely wicketkeeping , the best stat (even if not ideal) to compare would be the Dismissals/innings- Jos Butler in T20I’s is at 0.928 and Mohammed Rizwan is at 0.827. What that tells you is they are both equally potent keepers, but based solely on their 2021 T20I performance, Butler becomes the keeper of choice by a small margin. It really does not matter if Rizwan is the keeper either, though as Butler is also my vice-captain, it also makes sense for him to also don the gloves to help set gloves.

Also , this is a completely a hypothetical list that is opinion based. There was no need for that passive condescending tone.

My 2021 World T20 XI

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