Originally Posted by Monk
I think there are plenty of other great middle order players that should be considered. I don't think it's as clear cut as you make out. G.Chappell, Hammond, G.Pollock, Kallis and Lara are all very legit contenders for either Viv or Tendulkar's spots imo.
Pollock didn't play as much as I'd have liked, besides its not like there aren't enough players who have similar records and played as well and for far longer time. He is a great player but when there are already proven players who are as good as him, there is no need for risk in a first XI. Viv and G Chappell careers overlapped quite a bit and it was mostly Viv and G Chappell at 1 & 2. Same with Sachin and Lara. You can pick a favorite but by and larger accepted wisdom is Viv , Sachin 1st XI, Chappell and Lara 2nd XI. As far as Kallis is considered his batting is tiny bit below all others that are mentioned.