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9D Bears
#1
A recent article in The Cricketer praises Paul Collingwood as a nine-dimensional cricketer in that he could bat, bowl and field to a high standard in all three formats of the game.
It led me to think about whether there are any 9D Bears.
I guess that Chris Woakes is one but I'm not sure about any others, not least because many ex-Bears never played T20.  Otherwise Dermot Reeve would be an obvious choice.  I thought about Dougie Brown but, though he played 30 T20 games, his batting record is pretty poor.
Neil Carter is another option but I remember him as not being a great fielder.
Any other suggestions?
By the way, when/if The Hundred happens, I guess we will have 12D cricketers.
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#2
To take a slightly different approach as to what qualifies as a 9D cricketer, Trevor Penny perhaps?

A consistent batsman, excellent fielder and a more than useful stand in keeper in all 3 formats.
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#3
(17-10-2018, 09:09 PM)randombear Wrote: To take a slightly different approach as to what qualifies as a 9D cricketer, Trevor Penny perhaps?

A consistent batsman, excellent fielder and a more than useful stand in keeper in all 3 formats.

Yes, on that basis, you could go right back to A.C. (Alan) Smith who could bat a bit, was an England wicket-keeper and bowled well enough to take a first-class hat-trick.
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#4
I would certainly agree about TP - I am certain he would have exceeded in T20 format without a doubt.

Rikki Clarke is probably a candidate too - an exceptional slip fielder to add to his batting and bowling skills.
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(17-10-2018, 10:39 PM)Leicester Exile Wrote: I would certainly agree about TP - I am certain he would have exceeded in T20 format without a doubt.

Rikki Clarke is probably a candidate too - an exceptional slip fielder to add to his batting and bowling skills.

Yes, Rikki Clarke is definitely a 9D - not just a great slip fielder but can catch a ball anywhere; and can bat and bowl in all formats.
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#6
You should add Paul Smith to the list, & going back further John Jamison could bat, bowl and keep wicket, often keeping in JPL games
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#7
Neil Smith maybe but can't really remember if he was a good fielder or not. Could Will Rhodes in the future be in this list. We will have to wait to answer that one. Brookes will make this list in the future.
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(18-10-2018, 08:03 PM)The Good Mugabe Wrote: You should add Paul Smith to the list, & going back further John Jamison could bat, bowl and keep wicket, often keeping in JPL games

Yes, although they neither of them played T20, I'm sure they would have starred in all three formats.
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#9
Jim Troughton. Bob Barber. Billy Ibadulla.
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#10
Darren Maddy?
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#11
Paul would have been a brilliant T20 player, four overs of aggressive fast bowling and attacking stroke play, he would have been ideal for the format.
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#12
I agree with most of the above.
Certainly, Paul Smith, Darren Maddy, Bob Barber, little Billy Ibadulla would all have excelled in all three formats.
I think Neil Smith worked hard at his fielding and became competent but wasn't that good.  He could certainly bat and bowl in all formats.
I'm not sure that Jim Troughton qualifies as a bowler - seldom used and with a first-class bowling average of over 60.  But at his best, you would certainly want him in your T20 side as a batsman and a fielder.
As for Will Rhodes, Graeme Welch has recently said of him:"“I think Will Rhodes has real quality as a bowler and could at some stage be a third or fourth seamer for us. He’s come on a lot with the ball, as has Matt Lamb."
And he should know.
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#13
Having two specialist in batsmen in the side who can also make a meaningful contribution with the ball would really help the balance of the side and add extra variety to the attack.
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#14
The ultimate multi-dimensional cricketer was Sir Garfield Sobers.
As well as being a truly great batsman and a fine fielder, he could bowl left arm fast-medium and also orthodox left arm spin and left arm wrist spin, so three different bowling styles.  He never played T20 of course and only played in one ODI though he starred in plenty of list A cricket.  
I guess he would have been a 15D cricketer - three types of bowling, his batting and his fielding in all three formats.
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#15
I was trying to think of someone who might have come close to Sobers but I failed. Not only could he bowl any type of ball; not only was he a specialist at backward short leg when that was a fashionable position; not only was he fast when fielding in the deep, with a lightning arm; not only did he hold the record for the highest individual test innings for over thirty years; not only was he the first person to hit six sizes in an over; well, it just goes on. How many "Ds" is that?
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#16
Brian McMillan??
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#17
How about Dougie Brown
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#18
Brian's slip fielding 'edges' it for me!
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