Top 5 No. 4 Australian Test batsmen of all time
- A look at five of Australia's finest No.4 batsmen of all time in Test cricket.
The number 4 is a pivotal position in any Test match batting line-up and the reasons for that are manifold. That batsman not only needs to have the appetite for big runs, the ability to play strokes once the old ball and help the team get to a big score, but to also ensure that he has the technique to face the new ball if a couple of wickets fall early.
Over the course of their cricketing history, Australia has produced some of the world's finest batsmen and some of the finest No.4 have played for the Test side over the years. Here is a look at five of the finest:
#5 Damien Martyn
One of the biggest problems for talented batsmen coming through in the Australian domestic circuit back in the 1990s was the dearth of places and same was the case with Damien Martyn.
However, when he did eventually make it to the team in the early noughties, he turned out to be a pillar for the Australian middle-order and was a hugely important constituent of an all-conquering side. Martyn had an excellent technique and was comfortable against extreme pace, seam, swing as well as spin.
He was also one of Australia's best batsmen when it came to dealing with spinners in the subcontinent. In addition to that, his elegant stroke-making and the gift of timing were a treat for all cricket fans.
Martyn played 40 Test matches at No.4 for Australia, scoring 2635 runs at an average of 46.22. He made 7 centuries, in addition to 14 half-centuries.