Originally Posted by aussie
On England can't see how Headley during that period would be better than Caddick 99-2001 or Jones 2005
Healdey against Australia was superb. Injury is the only thing which stopped him.
35 wickets @ 24.77 with a SR of 43.3.
Really hard to argue with that tbh.
I've gone with both Headley and S.Jones. But both were better than Caddick and Gough IMO.
Originally Posted by Matt79
Larwood/Trueman was a line ball one, but I wanted to factor in dominating a series as well as over all record. By that rationale in fact, maybe Tyson should be in there somewhere as well. But Larwood's effort in somewhat quelling Bradman is the stuff of legend.
Ja, Larwood did seem to have Bradman in his pocket at times so fair enough. It's been said that Larwood deserved better stats too.
Tyson @ Melbourne on that wicket with the wind behind him wouldn't have been the highlight of the Aussie batsmen's careers, that's for sure! Lol.
Re Hutton, agreed it's ridiculous but Hobbs and Sutcliffe had clearly better records. Could play one of them at three I suppose, but who comes out?
Hutton never played @ 3 during his life at test level, but baring in mind Hobbs-Sutcliffe worked so well as a partnership, it'd be hard to put 1 of those @ 3.
I'm all for having 3 openers as No.1-3 in a line-up and Hutton would be able to do it I'm sure.
You could go:
It's definitely tough. I couldn't do an "all things considered XI" because there are too many great players who peaked during the Ashes series.
That 4 would be my top 4 "old boys" XI.
In regards to Barrington vs Pietersen. I'd go for Barrington as it stands.
A RUN average of 54.12 in the Ashes when he was actually a pretty defensive player. He probably should've had 8 or 9 centuries as opposed to 5 but still wasn't bad. Lol
I'm sure KP will play til at least the 2013 Ashes though so not really fair to compare him with Ken atm. I'm hoping KP blows Ken's record out of the water. No-one has got as much **** as Pietersen has in the media that I can remember.