I'd better write up my ****y team then. Overall pretty dissapointed but the QLD floods, lack of internet access and having to pick last in all or the ****e letter rounds has delivered my side into mediocrity.
1 Ponsford 2122 runs @ 48.22
2 Amla 3897 runs @ 46.95
3 Lara 11953 runs @ 52.88
4 Tendulkar 14692 runs @ 56.94 & 45 wickets @ 53.06
5 Clarke 4742 runs @ 46.49
6 Noble 1997 runs @ 30.25 & 121 wickets @ 25.00
7 Gilcrhist (+) 5570 runs @ 47.60 & 379 ct / 37 st
8 Illingworth (c) 1836 runs @ 23.24 & 122 wickets @ 31.20
9 Roberts 762 runs @ 14.94 & 202 wickets @ 25.61
10 Steyn 620 runs @ 13.77 & 238 wickets @ 23.21
11 Walsh 936 runs @ 7.54 & 519 wickets @ 24.44
12 O'Keefe 644 runs @ 25.76 & 53 wickets @ 38.07
One quality opener and one filler in great form atm (hopefully that sways a few). Quality middle order with maybe Noble excepted but I wanted to bat Gilchrist at 7 where he belongs. Noble did average 30 in an era where 50 was basically unheard of so probably not as bad as it looks. Quality against spin all through the order and players capable of making very big scores - Lara and Ponsford who scored 2 FC 400s.
Good depth with only Walsh being incompetent with the bat and of course the little master with 14000 test runs and 50 centuries and counting.
Entertaining depending on which Michael Clarke shows up.
Started good but has ended a bit meh. The quicks are all World Class but I really wanted a Marshall or McGrath to lead them. One of the top top tiers bowlers.
Spin is a little light. Illingworth can keep it tight with his test bowling economy under two and Noble bowls a couple of offies as well as medium pacers. However, I know at least Walsh has a good record in India so maybe the frontline spinner is not 100% required.
O'Keefe maybe to come in on a bunsen but he is really a level or five below the rest of the squad so would probably carry the drinks and entertain in the dressing room. Maybe at the Adelaide oval or insert other road come in for Clarke.
Captain (English ashes winner in Australia which until recently was hard to do
All rounder a level below the best (although had I been able to pick on time I would have Kapil instead of Noble)
Probably one world class opener short
No (IMO) top top tier fast bowler
With all that said I have two of my favourite players ever in Lara and Gilly but I have already seen two or three teams I think are better.