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Four Giants

What makes Williamson, Smith, Kohli and Root excel?

Each has a signature. In Kohli it is intensity. He is fleet of foot and mastery through extra cover and midwicket. With Root, it is the stroke through point off the back foot, a stroke verging on genius, and the bold sweeping of the spinners. Smith, of course, fidgets like a nervous child before using the spaces on the leg side to pick off his target in the ruthless way of an experienced assassin.

Smith gets tons of runs but, damn, it's definitely not pretty. Root is excellent in Tests but his low strike rate gets him frustrated in ODIs and then he makes mistakes. Kohli is a run-machine in every format but, as a captain, he doesn't have the crushing brutal ruthlessness that many Aussies possess. Williamson, indeed, has the most calm temperament. He gets the job done but it's not really thrilling to watch.

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