All-Time Test XI:
Gavaskar, Boycott, Tendulkar, G.Pollock, V.Richards, Sobers, Gilchrist (wk), Warne (c), Waqar/Wasim, Lillee, Ambrose.
Cheers, had totally forgotten last time's format, so much better than a round robin in the second round, I've heard that somewhere in Nevis (or maybe the Leeward Isles) the last WC is still going on...
TBH I reckon West Indies are a better Twenty20 side then us. Reckon it going to be pretty tough getting out of this group if our batsmen don't learn how to bat in this format. A lot of pressure will be on Dilshan and Jayasuriya. Bowling wise we will be tough to score off. Malinga, Murali, Thurshara, Mendis and Maharoof is pretty good attack for mine.
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Dwayne Smith should seriously reconsider his Kolpak status, the way he's hitting it he'd be a shoe in for the WI T20 squad. Still don't really get how some players are so quick to give up on their dreams, you'd think choosing a career as a professional sportsmen they wouldn't be risk averse people.
Dwayne Smith did pretty well at the four-day game for Barbados too, and could easily be in for a recall to the WI side for the longer form of the game. Hey, if Ryan Hinds and Devon Smith could be recalled, so could Dwayne!
He's only 25, after all....
But the feeling is that a county contract is more lucrative than a WI contract now. This Kolpak situation is really hurting teams like the WI. I really hope it's sorted out soon....
I fancy you to beat the W.Indies convincingly and maybe even upset Australia if everything clicks. The Aussie bowling ain't great and I wouldn't fancy coming up against a top 5 as:
and a main quartet of bowling like so:
If even half of those are on form.
It swings over here and if Malinga is hitting 140-145kph I can see him being the top wicket taker IAH.
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They've picked a test side (supplemented by a few ringers) who'll have their eyes firmly set upon the Ashes and will will be gone before they knows what hit them
I don't know what makes you think that is a test side.If that was the squad they announced for the Ashes I would have cried. Besides Micheal Clarke, and Ben Hilfenhaus.I can't think of too many in their who you would call a "Test" player.One day squad Yeah possibly but Test I can't agree with.
Last edited by jondavluc; 01-06-2009 at 01:59 AM.
Originally Posted by Death
Awesome Test XI
Ricky Ponting (c)
AB de Villiers
Brad Haddin (k)
I might go:
A bit batting heavy perhaps, but with enough options.
A variation would be to replace Clarke or Mussey with Siddle or Hauritz.
Hopes and Hifenhaus I see as being players unable to offer anything decent to the team and would therefore not play them at all.
SL's opening is little bit of a problem. Dilshan is in form, but I am not sure how he'll handle Lee and Johnson coming 90mph at him. Jayasuriya will be hit or miss, and SL should not get him in to the equation. Sangakkara opening against AUS and SAF who has genuinely qick bowlers would be better IMO, as Sanga likes quick bowling. Dilshan had all his succes in IPL batting at #3/4.
My side would be,
Kulasekara / Thushara - former against AUS because can bowl the yorker very well.
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