Originally Posted by Monk
I have no hesitation in including both O'Reilly and Warne in my Australian XI as I have Miller as the third quick, and he is able to bat in the middle order. Miller is a genuine opening bowler. McGrath, Lillee, Miller, O'Reilly and Warne is a great attack. I do feel strongly that ATG teams need five legitimate bowlers, or at very least a 5th option that is very good. I'd also love to include a left armer, but just can't squeeze Davidson in, as I think McGrath is a slightly better bowler than him (as is Lindwall). So variety only comes in to consideration when two players are virtually of the same in ability for me.
You're right, and on day 4 and 5, the thought of Warne and O'Reilly bowling together is something extraordinary to contemplate. The aggression, pressure and sledging/gamesmanship would be relentless.
I agree. The extraordinary quality of Warne and O'Reilly make them (almost) a must - especially with Miller in the team. Three top class quicks should be enough to breakdown most batting orders;
04. G. Chappell
Davidson-Lillee-McGrath are interchangeable as I can't split them.
Changed my England team a little bit - again.
Leyland makes the team by virtue of being England's greatest left-hander.
Compton replaces Barrington as the middle-order needs an attacking strokemaker. A combo of Barrington-Leyland-May might get bogged down.