On Fri, 29 Mar 2013 06:00:45 -0700 (PDT), eusebius
>> > 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.
>> What is the world coming to when Mike makes my argument. That Prior is more consistent, that the occasional great / incredible / Mt. Everest reaching knock that single-handedly transforms a game, can't compare with the metronome-like consistency of a bat who does significantly better on average...
>> Mike, I will make a stats-rat out of you yet :) It may be when we are watching the 2037 Lord's 3-day-night Test, but we'll get there,
>I'm not sure if you can sustainably make the argument that Prior is
>superior to Ames, although I note the 'probably' in Mike's initial
If you look at what Ames managed against and in Australian Prior has a
pretty fair case.
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