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    January 31, 2006

    Celebrating the keepers

    Peter Roebuck's latest column celebrates the modern wicket-keeper batsman.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 10:39 AM |
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    I'm not a fan of Peter Roebuck anyway, but this is scandalous:
    Between them Alan Knott, Bob Taylor, Godfrey Evans and Jack Russell scarcely played a respectable stroke.

    I will grant the others, but Alan Knott does not deserve that. If we compare him to Boucher, as they played a similar number of Tests. Knott has a higher average, one more century, and many more fifties than Boucher. His highest score is higher. There is, in my mind, no debate that Knott was at least Boucher's equal as a batsman, and that may be doing him a disservice.

    By Anonymous Geoff (01-Feb-2006, 1:33:00 AM)  

    True Geoff, that was pretty ridiculous from Roebuck. If anything, Knott was probably England's best player of spin ... and that is higher praise than saying that Ashley Giles is England's best spinner :) I actually am beginning to hate wicket-keepers playing counter-attacking innings. They're supposed to be the guys who're a royal pain in the arse for opponents because they keep playing irritatingly crucial innings, often the 30s and 40s which make a difference between a side all set to roll over for 250 and ending up with 350 instead.

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