Players would lunge at the pitch and swing as hard as they possibly could. These actions lead to very low scoring games and only relied on the speed of the players. Babe Ruth was the first player to be known as a power hitter. He relied on power and set the record for most home runs in a year, which was 29 in 1919. That is nothing compared to today.
Many will agree objectively though that Ambrose’s era was more bowler-friendly than Steyn’s era. So many circumstances are heavily in favour of the batsmen now in Steyn’s era. The rule changes, field size, the number of bouncers that can be bowled per over, flatter pitches and technological advancements in the batsman’s bat, etc have all put bowlers in Steyn’s era at a disadvantage. However, how would each bowler do in the other’s era? AMBROSE IN STEYN’S ERA Ambrose had a career bowling average of 20.99, strike rate of 54.5 and an economy rate of 2.30 in his era.
Australia then bowled England out for 251 with inspirational Gregory taking 7/69. Enforcing the follow on, Australia’s bowlers took advantage of the mental state of England and bundled them out for 157 winning by an innings and 91 runs. The third test in Adelaide beginning on January 14 was by far the closest test. Australia winning the toss decided to bat for the third time in a row. On a ‘road like’ pitch Australia hit a comparatively feeble 354.
Top Five Wicket Keepers of all times The Art of Wicket Keeping is considered as one of the subtlest in cricket. How a keeper traps the ball, crouches for stumpings and dive for catches are intrinsic as they happen within a second. Only an unbeatably high concentration can make someone achieve these feats. Some of the best cricketers in the world are wicket keepers that include, MS Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher. Keepers are Kumar Sangakkara and Ian Healy are masters of their own kind performing with intensified skill over the ball.
He has had very few dry runs, because of his technique that is close to perfection- lovely body balance, sure feet movement, a solid defense, a wide array of strokes off either foot against both spin and pace, and an in-born ability to cope with the challenges of different wickets and conditions. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease. Due to his technical purity, he can notch up a string of useful scores even when he is not in the best of nicks. The Little 'Master- Blaster' made the highest runs in a single calendar year in One Day Cricket in 1998, amassing 1894 runs in 34 games at an average of 65.31, including nine hundreds and seven fifties. He broke his own world record of 1611 runs set in 1996.
From the perspective of a softball player, I think that baseball is easier. There are longer bases, longer pitching distance, and those tiny baseballs travel a long way! One of the major differences in baseball though is the hitting style. Baseball players can afford to have a long swing because they have plenty of time to see the ball coming out of the pitcher’s hand. That’s mostly the reason you’ll see Major League Baseball players strike out when facing a softball pitcher.
Using last year's averages for the 30 major league teams, when Joe Player steals a base, he gets one of 103 steals. When John Player hits a bases-empty homer, he raises his team's average .00009, scores one of his team's 773 runs, one of its 738 RBIs and one of its 182 homers. As I said earlier, drafting a team of speedsters doesn't make much sense, but why not grab a 40-steal guy who can single-handedly jack you up five roto points? Besides, few basestealers are one-category guys anyway. Most are power-speed threats (30-30 guys) or score well in batting average, steals and runs.
Think about the pitcher, what he threw you last time up, his best pitch, who's up next. Think." -- Ted Williams "Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer." -- Ted Williams "I just hit 'em where they ain't." -- Wee Willie Keeler "When they knock you down, you not only have to get up, but you have to make it clear that you won't be knocked down a second time."
Paintball! A fast-paced, adrenaline pumping, game...paintball is a world renowned sport and is growing popularity faster than several other top sports. Paintball is non-contact, making it very safe when played right. According to the Sports Data Inc. surveys, paintball has the lowest injury rate of ANY sport, at only .31 injuries per 1000 participants. Paintball is viewed several different ways by people that have not experienced it for themselves.
While Williams arguably displayed a great hitting ability, Cobb remains the better batsman. When asked to name great hitters, fans would probably mention the likes of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams. It would not come as a surprise if they forgot to include the Georgia Peach, Ty Cobb, on their list. The reason for their forgetfulness stems from the era in which Cobb played. Beginning his career in 1905, Cobb played baseball through the period dubbed “the dead ball era.” During this era (1900-1919), players hit marginally fewer homeruns than players from other eras.