Today I'm going to be asking about bottle at the very highest level.
In my opinion the biggest test of bottle is the dish, or in BBC commentator speak, the counter clearance. The dish isn't just one shot, but several in sequence, so concentration and nerve must be maintained.
So here's the question: In your opinions which players, past and present, at 17-17 in the World final and 0-66 in the decider would be able to dish up a 5 red and black 67 to dish and win the World crown??
I've compiled my own list, but of course this is only my opinion and up for discussion.
From the past: Hendry and possibly Parrot. I guess we have to include the Hurricane because of that almost ridiculous 69 against Jimmy, but with such a lack of cue ball that was a freak of nature.
From the present: Ronnie, (without thinking about it, ditto Judd), Robbo, Williams and of course John Higgins and Selby with assassins' smirks on their faces. Also possibly Allen and Dott.
I would also mention Davis, Mcmanus, Cliff , Reardon and Griffiths as players who could win the frame, but with a 32, a devliish safety, and a clearance from the last red.
Notable absences, past and present include Jimmy, Maguire and Murphy, again very open for discussion.
Not sure if I'm being over genorous on my choices or a bit tight, but don't think there would be many.
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