Friday, 7 March 2008

The world's best all-rounder

Cricinfo's stats magician, S Rajesh, has written a column hailing Dan Vettori as the best all-rounder in the world. Rajesh conjures up a range of statistics to support his argument. New Zealanders might find at least one these quite sobering. A review of batting averages since 2005 demonstrate that Dan has been our best batsman, scoring 1052 runs at 50.09. But at numbers 2,3,4 and 6 on this same list are Lou Vincent, Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle, Hamish Marshall and Scott Styris. All of whom have either joined the rebel ICL, or have announced their intention to quit test cricket to join the IPL.

Still, who needs a top order when you have Vettori at number 8?

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