Originally posted by Crowley
Well firstly, Boucher will overtake Gilly in no time in the record of dismissals and all that is is a product of matches played.
Flower was definitely not as good a keeper as Gilly, but his batting was much better especially in the test arena. They were very different in their approach and Gilly's impact on the ODI arena is much bigger than that of Flower. ...[text shortened]... uld you rate, say Kallis, as a better batsman than Bradman because he has scored more runs?
Yes ,Boucher has played more tests and will reclaim the record ,but as for now its Gilly's.
So back to the better keeper debate.
You have just said that Flower was not as good a keeper as Gilly,this ends the debate right there.
Flower was a batsman that could keep a bit of wicket.Yes he was a solid batter.
Gilly had that aura about him,opposing teams didnt feel safe until he was out,he could turn a game around,win games with his explosive batting.I dont think we will see another keeper like him for a while.
Asfor averages,well they are not always what you see either.Mitchell Johnson of Australia has an average of 90,does that make him the 2nd best of all time,i say no.Hussey is averaging 80 odd ,but i dont think he is anywhere near Tendulkar or Lara.Averages are funny things.
The exception with Bradman is all his other stats besides his average.