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The Debate

Can you compare players from difierent eras?
YES

Simon Hughes, editor of The Cricketer

The first thing to look at is a player’s record. Not only is it outstanding, but how does it compare to their peers? If they were head and shoulders above the others, that already marks them out as exceptional. You could extrapolate from that that a player would have been successful in any era. They would have been able to adapt. Would Don Bradman have been successful in T20? Of course he would. He had a peerless ability to make runs. He_would have found a way.

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