World Cricket Podcast January 10, 2012

Play it again, Samaraweera

Andy Zaltzman and Daniel Norcross discuss the Sri Lankan colossus, the world's greatest living batsman (statistically, of the last five years); propose cricket's newest innovation, for the Olympics - the Super Javelin Over; debate whether Vernon

Andy Zaltzman and Daniel Norcross discuss the Sri Lankan colossus, the world's greatest living batsman (statistically, of the last five years); propose cricket's newest innovation, for the Olympics - the Super Javelin Over; debate whether Vernon Philander should retire now; and wonder why it took cricket 140-odd years to discover that pitching the ball up nearly always guarantees success.

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Andy Zaltzman is a stand-up comedian, a regular on the BBC Radio 4, and a writer

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  • Joel Grainger on January 17, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    When it comes to statistically superior players I find it funny that on Garry Sobers bio here on Cricinfo it makes a statement about some questioning whether Bradman is the best batsmen ever but that there is no doubting that Sobers is the best all-rounder. Interestingly Jaques Kallis has a batting average that is 0.76 lower than Sobers, his bowling average is 1.52 better and he took 0.03 more catches per match.

    Presumably the challenge to Bradman as best batsmen is in reference to Tendulkar who averages over 30 less than Bradman. Stats don't tell the whole truth but neither do they entirely lie.

  • waterbuffalo on January 13, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    You talk about Samaraweera when India is playing at Perth and Pakistan is playing England on Sunday? Don't you like England? Sri Lanka lost by 250 runs against SA recently, and they lost the Test series. Try to keep up.

  • Neville de Silva on January 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    What a pick, so impartial and true to its statistics and figures. Well done Samaraweera, do it again and again...

  • Joel Grainger on January 17, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    When it comes to statistically superior players I find it funny that on Garry Sobers bio here on Cricinfo it makes a statement about some questioning whether Bradman is the best batsmen ever but that there is no doubting that Sobers is the best all-rounder. Interestingly Jaques Kallis has a batting average that is 0.76 lower than Sobers, his bowling average is 1.52 better and he took 0.03 more catches per match.

    Presumably the challenge to Bradman as best batsmen is in reference to Tendulkar who averages over 30 less than Bradman. Stats don't tell the whole truth but neither do they entirely lie.

  • waterbuffalo on January 13, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    You talk about Samaraweera when India is playing at Perth and Pakistan is playing England on Sunday? Don't you like England? Sri Lanka lost by 250 runs against SA recently, and they lost the Test series. Try to keep up.

  • Neville de Silva on January 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    What a pick, so impartial and true to its statistics and figures. Well done Samaraweera, do it again and again...

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  • Neville de Silva on January 10, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    What a pick, so impartial and true to its statistics and figures. Well done Samaraweera, do it again and again...

  • waterbuffalo on January 13, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    You talk about Samaraweera when India is playing at Perth and Pakistan is playing England on Sunday? Don't you like England? Sri Lanka lost by 250 runs against SA recently, and they lost the Test series. Try to keep up.

  • Joel Grainger on January 17, 2012, 21:52 GMT

    When it comes to statistically superior players I find it funny that on Garry Sobers bio here on Cricinfo it makes a statement about some questioning whether Bradman is the best batsmen ever but that there is no doubting that Sobers is the best all-rounder. Interestingly Jaques Kallis has a batting average that is 0.76 lower than Sobers, his bowling average is 1.52 better and he took 0.03 more catches per match.

    Presumably the challenge to Bradman as best batsmen is in reference to Tendulkar who averages over 30 less than Bradman. Stats don't tell the whole truth but neither do they entirely lie.