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Border picks Kiwi ahead of AB

2015-11-16 18:20
Allan Border (Gallo)

Cape Town - Former Australian captain Allan Border rates New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson a class above the rest of the world’s batsmen.

South Africa’s AB de Villiers currently tops the ICC Test batting rankings, followed by Australia’s Steve Smith, England’s Joe Root and South Africa’s Hashim Amla.

Williamson is fifth on the list, but according to Border, the New Zealander’s textbook technique places him above the world's best.

"Of all the gun batsmen going around, he (Williamson) would be the one I'd choose to bat for my life," Border told Fox Sports.

"Over AB de Villiers, in front of Steve Smith, in front of Warner, in front of all of them.

"Technically, he's probably as equipped as any of them because I think he can take that technique to all different types of pitches.”

Williamson, 25, scored 166 in the current Test between Australia and New Zealand at the WACA in Perth.

Cricket Australia took the matter further and in an online poll on their official website, fans were asked to vote who they would pick to bat for their lives.

Out of a total of 11 543 votes, 46% voted for De Villiers, 16% for Williamson, 10% percent for Smith as well as India’s Virat Kohli, 9% voted for Border, 6% for Australia’s David Warner and 3% for Root.

 

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