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Post by Stella Mon 02 Jul 2012, 12:54 pm

Bell is better. Just my opinion but who is easier on the eye?

They are arguably England's best players to watch but who would you rather watch get a ton?
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Post by Shelsey93 Mon 02 Jul 2012, 1:36 pm

Definitely Bell. Bopara also good though.

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Post by amanuensis Mon 02 Jul 2012, 2:22 pm

Stella wrote:Bell is better. Just my opinion but who is easier on the eye?

They are arguably England's best players to watch but who would you rather watch get a ton?

Bell actually gets tons, at least when they bat him sufficiently high up the order. Bopara doesn't, so zero comparison.

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Post by Stella Mon 02 Jul 2012, 2:30 pm

amanuensis wrote:
Stella wrote:Bell is better. Just my opinion but who is easier on the eye?

They are arguably England's best players to watch but who would you rather watch get a ton?

Bell actually gets tons, at least when they bat him sufficiently high up the order. Bopara doesn't, so zero comparison.

He has scored some before. I'm not debating who's better just who's more pleasing on the eye.
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Post by JDizzle Mon 02 Jul 2012, 3:13 pm

Morgan!

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Post by dummy_half Mon 02 Jul 2012, 3:39 pm

Bell's the best to watch if what you are looking for is technical correctness and elegant shot production - the best we've had at this since Vaughan retired.

Morgan is more exciting because he goes after the ball harder, in the same way as KP at his best.

Bopara is fairly good to watch, but does have holes in his game (as does Moggy) that mean he's less effective at Test level than as an ODI player - he's pretty good as an ODI batsman and occasional bowler, but I'm still to be convinced he's really got it at Test level (where he would be a batsman who at most would fill in with the ball).

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Post by Stella Mon 02 Jul 2012, 3:40 pm

I wouldn't say that Morgan is pleasing on the eye like a Bell, M Waugh but beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
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Post by ShankyCricket Mon 02 Jul 2012, 6:48 pm

Bell

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Post by LondonTiger Tue 03 Jul 2012, 6:47 am

Bell. In style the comparison with Mark Waugh is a decent one

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Post by GG Tue 03 Jul 2012, 11:39 am

Stella wrote:who is easier on the eye?

Bopara. Bell has a face that makes me what to punch him. Repeatedly. Oh, you were talking about cricket....

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Post by JDizzle Tue 03 Jul 2012, 11:57 am

I don't like watching technically correct players! I see why people like watching Bell, but he doesn't excite me like Morgan does. Bell is probably nicer to watch, and easier on the eye but if I was spending my own money to see someone bat it would be Morgan (or James Taylor Whistle ).

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Post by Stella Tue 03 Jul 2012, 12:01 pm

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Rather like Lara. Not elegant like Hooper but exciting.
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Post by LondonTiger Wed 04 Jul 2012, 8:26 am

Stella wrote:Dizzle

Rather like Lara. Not elegant like Hooper but exciting.

Lara though is far more orthodox (and better) than Morgan, while Bell is better than Hooper.

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Post by Fists of Fury Wed 04 Jul 2012, 8:32 am

Bell by a country mile, a beautiful batsman to watch.

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Post by Stella Wed 04 Jul 2012, 9:26 am

LondonTiger wrote:
Stella wrote:Dizzle

Rather like Lara. Not elegant like Hooper but exciting.

Lara though is far more orthodox (and better) than Morgan, while Bell is better than Hooper.

Yes, Bell is a better bat than Hooper but that's not the point. Hooper is more easy on the eye, for me than most players of his era.
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Post by JDizzle Wed 04 Jul 2012, 10:06 am

The question wasn't who was better though, as there is no debate between Lara and Morgan, it was just who you prefer to watch. And for me, the excitement and unorthodoxicity of Morgan makes him better to watch than Bell or Bopara. All time favourite players to watch are Trescothick and Ponting though, and ABDV now.

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Post by Stella Wed 04 Jul 2012, 10:11 am

JDizzle wrote:The question wasn't who was better though, as there is no debate between Lara and Morgan, it was just who you prefer to watch. And for me, the excitement and unorthodoxicity of Morgan makes him better to watch than Bell or Bopara. All time favourite players to watch are Trescothick and Ponting though, and ABDV now.

Yes, nothing to do with who is or was better.
Mark Waugh is the player I'd watch over anybody else. Bell comes close but Junior had a kind of laid back manner to his batting and fielding that set him apart.
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Post by Peter Seabiscuit Wheeler Wed 04 Jul 2012, 10:35 am

Most of us have our hands over our faces when Bopara comes out to bat

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Post by guildfordbat Wed 04 Jul 2012, 11:09 am

Peter Seabiscuit Wheeler wrote:Most of us have our hands over our faces when Bopara comes out to bat

As I imagine did Alan Isaac when reading your recent article.

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Post by LondonTiger Wed 04 Jul 2012, 11:10 am

I just wish Bopara had a little more confidence.

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