There is something about Smali's bowling attack that would be really unsettling to any batting line-up. Imran's pace + swing, Snow's leg-cutter, and Garner's extra bounce would be so hard to counteract as they are each very different styles of fast bowling. It's a shame that Smali's batting strength is not as strong as it could be.
So, if my life depended on the outcome of the match then I would least like to face Monk's team.
Ian Chappell's captaincy, Hadlee and O'Reilly bowling in tandem, and the middle order strength of 4 excellent batsman are distinct problems to my team.
I also fear Chappell or Hammond batting together with Harvery during the last session of a day when the bowlers are tiring. Could be a turning point of a match.
Spofforth is an unknown quantity, but a great none-the-less. It would be foolish to take him too lightly.
However, for entertainment value I'd pay good money to watch the himmanv XI any day. Trumper batting with George Headley followed by Barnes in action is just too mouth watering.
(I am not an expert so I hope I haven't offended anyone. All teams deserve a 10 out of 10 and are probably of equal strength if you analysed them scientifically with a slide-rule or 3)
1945-1977 ATG Draft: Desmond Haynes - Roy Fredericks - Rohan Kanhai - Neil Harvey - Clive Lloyd - Asif Iqbal - John Waite - Ray Lindwall - Garth McKenzie - John Snow - Derek Underwood
ATG XI: Jack Hobbs - Len Hutton - Don Bradman - Brian Lara - Graham Pollock - Gary Sobers - Alan Knott - Malcolm Marshall - Shane Warne - Dennis Lillee- Sydney Barnes
Last edited by watson; 04-07-2012 at 02:22 AM.