I don't find a batsman that middles the ball and times his shots so well, ugly to watch. His reactions to variations are uncanny. I'm still smarting badly after the humiliation in Auckland.
Yes, he middles the ball in a spookily brilliant way - no doubt. He’s probably the best test batsman in the world at the moment. I still find all his ticks, rituals, weird bat swings when he doesn’t play annoying to watch. You could never describe him as an elegant batsman, but obviously that doesn’t matter.
I wonder about his longevity? What will he do when that extraordinary coordination and lightning reactions start to fail him. will he be able to fall back on technique in a way that many others have done to extend their careeers? I hope so.
Still, there are still a lot of other batsmen i’d rather watch.