September 2, 2009

New Zealand cricket

Vettori or Hadlee?

Brydon Coverdale

Is Daniel Vettori a better cricketer than Richard Hadlee? Stephen Boock put forward that possibility in a weekend newspaper article that caused conniptions from the New Zealand Herald's Chris Rattue.

I just about snapped over my crackle and pop at this point. NO. Vettori is not a better player than Hadlee and never will be. And no, he might not even be our second greatest player.

Yes, Vettori is already one of our great cricketers. But how could anyone jump to the next conclusion, that an average to good spinner by world standards could somehow be rated above one of the greatest quicks who ever donned a lovely Aran knit pullover?

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