On Fri, 29 Mar 2013 10:44:57 +0000, John Hall
>>Prior is probably the best keeper-batsman in England's history and
>>is obviously the best in the world at present.
>I don't know about "obviously" if you compare him with Dhoni. Prior's
>clearly the better keeper, but - fine batsman though Prior is - Dhoni at
>his best is a genius with the bat. So though overall one might give the
>edge to Prior, I don't think it's obvious.
He averages 45+ while Dhoni averages under 40. While I'm not, as you
know, one for relying heavily on averages, that's a significant
difference given that Dhoni proabably gets in more road batting time
than Prior. I freely concede that Prior could (almost certainly) not
have played the double hundred that Dhoni did against Aus, and that
Dhoni has the field to himself as a limited-over player, but for
selection in the putative World Test XI, it's a no-brainer.
Prior is now a very fine keeper. He may not be quite up at the
standard of Taylor/Knott/Andrew, but he's by no means just a bloke
with gloves who stands behind the stumps.
And he has a skill which those fine gentlemen didn't, as a result of
third umpires which didn't exist in their day. He's become an expert
when standing up at taking the ball and holding it for a split-second
and *** the bails off if the batsman briefly overbalances and
lifts his foot. Pre-slo-mo-camera, no umpire could give those
attempted stumpings out, but Prior's picked up a few victims that way.