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Old 11th September 2020, 22:31   #1
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Best Cover Drive

Not sure we have done this kind of thread before but with Ian Bell's retirement there's been a lot of talk of his fabulous cover drive. Who do you reckon has the best you've seen? I always was a big fan of Michael Vaughan's when he followed through with the bat back round his head. But then there's the beauty of just holding the pose like Bell. Then there is Lara who just made every shot look orgasmic.

What I used to like is when a batsman could hit a pull shot for four then follow it with a cover drive the ball after (or vice versa) with the bowler probably pitching the ball a few inches differently to the previous one. It must have been demoralising. Ponting and Vaughan were experts.
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Old 12th September 2020, 00:44   #2
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Yep, Vaughan after he pulled someone off their length forcing them to pitch it up and then driving them gloriously through the covers.
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Old 12th September 2020, 02:55   #3
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Not sure why but the lefties do it for me; Saeed Anwar, Lara & Sangakarra are the ones that immediately come to mind. Damien Martyn & Mark Waugh the two righties that stick in the memory, but then Mark Waugh could block and make it look elegant.
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Old 12th September 2020, 11:47   #4
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John Crawley did a good one, but not as often as Vaughan for England.
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Bell, Vaughan and Vince for me.
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Old 12th September 2020, 15:40   #6
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John Crawley did a good one, but not as often as Vaughan for England.
A couple of mates played Lancashire League Cricket against Crawley when he was 18. He scored an effortless ton and they always say they have never seen anyone time the ball so well through the covers.
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Old 12th September 2020, 20:55   #7
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Y'all are going to mock me for this, but...

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Hmm. Not sure who I would vote for...
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It's interesting to see how the shot has changed over years. They big stride and big bat flourish classic image of the cover drive has disappeared more recently. Less footwork nowadays and a preference for the check drive with timing paramount.
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John Crawley did a good one, but not as often as Vaughan for England.
I had Crawley down as a more leg-side player, albeit I didn't see a huge amount of him bar his recall in the early 2000s.

Matt Prior had a really good cover drive too.
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I had Crawley down as a more leg-side player, albeit I didn't see a huge amount of him bar his recall in the early 2000s ...
I didn't remember that his test career had so many phases. Generally I think he saved his best for Lancashire ... That was the period where I tried to become a Lancashire supporter (being from Lancs and all) but failed.

Basically though it is the shot from heaven. If the ball is in the right place and you move your foot and swing right through it, it seems easy to look like a god -- for a second.
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I didn't remember that his test career had so many phases. Generally I think he saved his best for Lancashire ... That was the period where I tried to become a Lancashire supporter (being from Lancs and all) but failed.

Basically though it is the shot from heaven. If the ball is in the right place and you move your foot and swing right through it, it seems easy to look like a god -- for a second.
I think all the main batsmen from the 90s had several goes at it. From what I remember he had a Ramprakash-like run of form with Hampshire and got a recall around about the same time Vaughan started playing like God and didn't do too badly himself. Then got dumped after another away Ashes humping.
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... From what I remember he had a Ramprakash-like run of form with Hampshire and got a recall around about the same time Vaughan started playing like God and didn't do too badly himself. Then got dumped after another away Ashes humping.
He played some good innings on that tour, but I think he was seen as a bit passive by the management at the time. There's a nice interview with him in Emma Johns's book "Following On". He did the bat-round-your-neck trick after the shot in old-fashioned stylee alright.
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When he wasn't blocking or leaving deliveries, Rahul Dravid could play some attractive strokes, and cover drive was one of them.
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Only ever saw him on the telly as I was still a youth and cricket watching opportunities were limited in the north east at the time but I'm going for David Gower.
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