Justin Langer claims Mike Hussey is clearly a superior batsman to him.
Kim Hughes disagrees but wants his own claims to be recognised.
As Hussey spends the next week or two considering whether to extend his brilliant career into a 20th season with the Warriors, his merits as one of the best batsmen produced in Western Australia are without question.
But where does he rank against the other candidates?
Hughes, like many observers, believes Langer is without peer.
"Justin's volume of runs, his number of Test centuries and the fact that he spent almost all of his career either opening or at No.3 means that he is WA's best-ever batsman," Hughes said.
But the next three or four? Hughes can't separate them. "Just make sure you have me ahead of the others," he joked.
The others include former Test captain Hughes, Hussey and the elegant Damien Martyn, while State and national stalwarts Graeme Wood and Geoff Marsh, as well as Tom Moody and Simon Katich, have claims for inclusion.
Test debut centurions Shaun Marsh and Marcus North sit on the next rung ahead of a widening group, including batsmen with brief international careers such as Mike Veletta, Bruce Laird and Chris Rogers.
Hughes was the most flamboyant batsman in the nation during his peak in the early 1980s.
Technically correct, audacious and unbowed by circumstances, he regularly faced the West Indies at the peak of their might and was part of a Sheffield Shield competition in which every State fielded outstanding Test quicks.
The sublimely-skilled Martyn was Hughes' equal as a stylist, but added considerable steel to the Australian middle order during his time as the world's best batsman a decade ago.
Yet Langer said that Hussey's versatility, which has seen him dominate all three formats after completing Australian cricket's longest Test apprenticeship, gave him claims to being WA's best.
"He is a lot better than me," Langer said despite a career that brought the most first-class runs (28,382) by an Australian, 23 Test hundreds and WA's runs record.
"His all-round record in Test cricket and one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket speaks for itself.
"He is such an awesome example of what can be achieved with the talent you are given.
"Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey are the two ultimate professionals of my time and he has got every- thing out of his God-given talent."
Hughes drew a parallel between Hussey and his own contemporary, Greg Chappell, who completed a long education in shield ranks before emerging as a complete and dominant Test player in the 1970s.
"Huss spent 10 years in State cricket learning his craft and when he finally made it into the Test team, he blossomed because he had had such a strong foundation," Hughes said.
"He had a far greater impact as a Test player than a State player.
"He came up in that last era where Test players spent a lot of time playing State cricket and given that he opened for WA for 10 years, he did it tough.""He is a lot better than me … He is such an awesome example of what can be achieved …" " *Justin Langer * on *Mike Hussey *
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