Originally Posted by watson
Thoughts on Valer's team:
I liked Valers team a lot because of its balance. I also wanted Herbie Taylor for my team. However, the inclusion of two 19th century bowlers was probably one too many. In other words, because we can never be quite sure of what the match conditions were like in the 19th century, we are left with too many question marks as to the real strength of the bowling attack. The theory becomes too difficult to translate into 'reality'. The same principle applies to 19th century batsman, especially if they are in key positions. Although you don't have any of those.
As I mentioned in the other thread it comes down to value add (that is a comparison to their peers) vs true strength. If you want the latter (imo) you end up with very very modern and peak based teams (ex. Bradman would go to say a mid 50s average batsman)