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    Great Cricketers


    About Cricketer: S. F. Barnes
    Art, resolution, stamina, he commanded them all. Well, might a man who saw him in his prime have found himself saying, 'Here was a Caesar when comes such another?'
    Comment From: H.S. Altham

    About Cricketer: Alec Bedser
    All through his career, in days of triumph or frustration, Bedser was manifestly a bowler of quality. He never neglected the basics which proclaims that a straight, good-length bowler is a good bower.

    Comment From: J.M. Kilburn
    Book: Overthrows

    About Cricketer: Richie Benaud
    He was the complete captain, an inspiring leader, thoughtful and adroit in the field, and a tough competitor.
    Comment From: Colin Cowdrey

    About Cricketer: Ian Botham
    Ian did so much in so short a time that his few inevitable setbacks were doubly disappointing.
    Comment From: Alec Bedser
    Book: Cricket Choice

    About Cricketer: Geoffrey Boycott
    Boycott's idea of bliss might be to bat all night (so long as it was not for Mr. Packer), having battled all day.
    Comment From: John Woodcock

    About Cricketer: Donald Bradman
    Perhaps his greatest asset was his wonderful eye. He was able to judge the length of a ball exceptionally early in its flight, which enabled him to play strokes that other players wouldn't even attempt. Like all great players, he kept his head perfectly still as the ball came down the pitch so that he could get an accurate focus on the length of the ball.
    He would play a ball just short of a length on the offside to wide mid-on with the greatest ease. Often where most batsmen would have played a defensive shot he, without hesitation, would hit the ball to the boundary.
    Comment From: R.E.S. Wyatt
    Book: Three Straight Sticks

    Millions, who had not a notion of an off-break or a square-cut, knew him only as of the International Bogeyman of cricket.
    Comment From: Margaret Huges
    Book: All on a Summer's Day

    Bradman never allowed success to inflate his ego, he was too modest and sensible for that.
    Comment From: H.M. Herman
    Book: How's That?

    Bradman, of course, is a tough proposition.
    Comment From: H.M. Herman
    Book: How's That?

    Don used to be the third in the trio that was Sydney's pride _ 'Our bridge, our harbor, and our Bradman.'
    Comment From: Kenneth Farnes
    Book: Tours and Tests

    About Cricketer: Ian Chappell
    A cricketer of effect rather than the graces.
    Comment From: John Arlott
    Book: An Eye for Cricket

    About Cricketer: Denis Compton
    Indeed the whole essence of his cricket depends upon his sense of values being qualitative rather than quantitative.
    Comment From: E.W. Swanton

    Denis Compton, although not as sound as Hutton, is a bit of a genius with the bat. He has an extremely attractive presence and he is always completely unaffected by any occasion. In some ways, he is almost inconsequential.
    Comment From: R.E.S. Wyatt
    Book: Three Straight Sticks