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    Best Ashes Teams

    Based on the Roland Perry (shudder) idea of the same name:

    Pick you best Ashes teams, based on performances in Ashes. Can be either based on what you've seen or of all time.

    All Time:
    Trumper
    Morris
    Bradman
    Border
    Waugh
    Miller
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lillee
    McGrath
    Alderman

    Pretty much picks itself in large part, IMO. Alderman, Trumper and Border are probably the most contestable, but remembering Terry destroying England in 89 and 93, I'll take him thanks.

    In terms of players I've actually seen play:
    Slater
    Taylor
    Ponting
    Border
    Waugh
    Hussey/M.Waugh
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    McGrath
    Alderman
    Reid

    Although the idea of McGrath at 9 fills me with dread.

    Will need to consider the English one a bit more carefully.
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    English Teams:
    Hobbs
    Sutcliffe
    Hammond
    Barrington
    Pietersen
    Botham
    Flintoff
    Knott+
    Laker
    Larwood
    Barnes

    In my time watching the game:
    Trescothick
    Vaughan
    Gower
    Pietersen
    Thorpe
    Stewart+
    Flintoff
    Botham
    Gough
    Jones
    Fraser

    Much harder, given 2005 was the only series England had a really good team since I started taking much notice.

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    ENGLAND (That I've seen, "live" or footage):
    Boycott
    Gooch
    Vaughan
    Gower
    Botham
    Flintoff
    Knott
    Underwood
    Willis
    Headley
    S.Jones


    AUSTRALIA (That I've seen):
    Langer
    Slater
    G.Chappell
    M.Waugh
    Border
    S.Waugh
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Thomson (just over Gillespie. I can't get over the 74/75 series which I've seen so much of)
    Lillee
    McGrath


    It's amazing how 2 of our best seam bowlers post-Willis (Headley and Simon Jones- very possibly the 2 best) have also been the 2 most unlucky with injury.


    * I don't want to jinx KP by putting him in the team, but I'm sure by the end of his career he will be in here.
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    My time (basically 97-07):

    Strauss
    Vaughan*
    Hussain
    Pietersen
    Thorpe
    Stewart+
    Flintoff
    Gough
    Hoggard
    S Jones
    Tuffnell

    Picking Tuffers on the basis of the Oval 97. Haven't given the team much thought, probably some glaring ommissions. Chose Strauss over Tresco on the basis that Tresco has never tonned up against the Aussies, even though he might have actually scored more runs than Strauss in the series where Strauss did well, will have to look that up

    Australia much harder for me, never really paid attention to their players when I was younger so anything I choose would be based on the last 3 series, think I'll give it a miss


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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    English Teams:
    Hobbs
    Sutcliffe
    Hammond
    Barrington
    Pietersen
    Botham
    Flintoff
    Knott+
    Laker
    Larwood
    Barnes
    No Hutton or Trueman?

    You'll have every Yorkshireman after you! Lol

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    From England Ashes teams of my memory (essentially 1990/91 onwards) I'd go for something like...
    Gooch (1990/91-1993)
    Atherton (1990/91-1994/95)
    Hussain (c) (1997-2002/03)
    Pietersen (2005-2006/07)
    Stewart (w) (1993-2002/03)
    Thorpe (1993-1997)
    Ramprakash (1993-2001)
    Flintoff (2005-2006/07)
    Headley (1997-1998/99)
    Gough (1994/95-1998/99)
    Fraser (1989-1994/95)

    Few doubts over that.

    For Australia I'd probably have a stab at...
    Taylor (c) (1989-1998/99)
    Slater (1993-1998/99)
    Boon (1989-1993)
    M Waugh (1990/91-2001)
    Border (1989-1993)
    S Waugh (1989-2002/03)
    Healy (1993-1997)
    Warne (1993-2006/07)
    Hughes (1989-1993)
    McDermott (1990/91-1994/95)
    McGrath (1997-2006/07)

    Which funnily enough is almost exactly the team that would have played the 1993 Ashes if fitness had allowed - the only change being Reiffel in for the still-at-that-stage-novice McGrath.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    From England Ashes teams of my memory (essentially 1990/91 onwards) I'd go for something like...
    Gooch (1990/91-1993)
    Atherton (1990/91-1994/95)
    Hussain (c) (1997-2002/03)
    Pietersen (2005-2006/07)
    Stewart (w) (1993-2002/03)
    Thorpe (1993-1997)
    Ramprakash (1993-2001)
    Flintoff (2005-2006/07)
    Headley (1997-1998/99)
    Gough (1994/95-1998/99)
    Fraser (1989-1994/95)

    Few doubts over that.

    For Australia I'd probably have a stab at...
    Taylor (c) (1989-1998/99)
    Slater (1993-1998/99)
    Boon (1989-1993)
    M Waugh (1990/91-2001)
    Border (1989-1993)
    S Waugh (1989-2002/03)
    Healy (1993-1997)
    Warne (1993-2006/07)
    Hughes (1989-1993)
    McDermott (1990/91-1994/95)
    McGrath (1997-2006/07)

    Which funnily enough is almost exactly the team that would have played the 1993 Ashes if fitness had allowed - the only change being Reiffel in for the still-at-that-stage-novice McGrath.
    On England can't see how Headley during that period would be better than Caddick 99-2001 or Jones 2005.

    For Australia hard to put Healy's peak period over Gilchrist & also Gillespie at his best is on par with Hughes, but thats personal preference i guess...

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    Quote Originally Posted by rivera213 View Post
    No Hutton or Trueman?

    You'll have every Yorkshireman after you! Lol
    Larwood/Trueman was a line ball one, but I wanted to factor in dominating a series as well as over all record. By that rationale in fact, maybe Tyson should be in there somewhere as well. But Larwood's effort in somewhat quelling Bradman is the stuff of legend.

    Re Hutton, agreed it's ridiculous but Hobbs and Sutcliffe had clearly better records. Could play one of them at three I suppose, but who comes out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie View Post
    On England can't see how Headley during that period would be better than Caddick 99-2001 or Jones 2005.
    Caddick unfortunately didn't play against Australia between 1999 and May 2001 which was his period of bowling superbly - the only time he really bowled semi-decently against Australia was 1997; Jones' two outstanding innings' in 2005 are no match for Headley's four good games in 1997 and 1998/99.
    For Australia hard to put Healy's peak period over Gilchrist & also Gillespie at his best is on par with Hughes, but thats personal preference i guess...
    Hughes in 1989, 1990/91 and 1993 was a fair bit better than Gillespie in 2001 and 2002/03. Gillespie, of course, was his usual perennially-injured self in 1997 and 1998/99.

    As for Healy, he had three good Ashes (1993, 1994/95 and 1997) to Gilchrist's two (2001 and 2002/03). Thus, I'd have to have him. Though it should be noted that Gilchrist's best >>>> Healy's best and Gilchrist's worst >>>> Healy's worst. But Healy just played far more Ashes cricket than Gilchrist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Re Hutton, agreed it's ridiculous but Hobbs and Sutcliffe had clearly better records. Could play one of them at three I suppose, but who comes out?
    Would have Hutton over Barrington TBH and would have him over Pietersen right now without so much as a single backward glance.

    Hobbs and Sutcliffe opening, Hutton three. Always been my choice, for absolutely any accross-ages England team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    From England Ashes teams of my memory (essentially 1990/91 onwards) I'd go for something like...
    Gooch (1990/91-1993)
    Atherton (1990/91-1994/95)
    Hussain (c) (1997-2002/03)
    Pietersen (2005-2006/07)
    Stewart (w) (1993-2002/03)
    Thorpe (1993-1997)
    Ramprakash (1993-2001)
    Flintoff (2005-2006/07)
    Headley (1997-1998/99)
    Gough (1994/95-1998/99)
    Fraser (1989-1994/95)

    Few doubts over that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie View Post
    On England can't see how Headley during that period would be better than Caddick 99-2001 or Jones 2005
    Healdey against Australia was superb. Injury is the only thing which stopped him.

    35 wickets @ 24.77 with a SR of 43.3.

    Really hard to argue with that tbh.

    I've gone with both Headley and S.Jones. But both were better than Caddick and Gough IMO.


    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Larwood/Trueman was a line ball one, but I wanted to factor in dominating a series as well as over all record. By that rationale in fact, maybe Tyson should be in there somewhere as well. But Larwood's effort in somewhat quelling Bradman is the stuff of legend.
    Ja, Larwood did seem to have Bradman in his pocket at times so fair enough. It's been said that Larwood deserved better stats too.

    Tyson @ Melbourne on that wicket with the wind behind him wouldn't have been the highlight of the Aussie batsmen's careers, that's for sure! Lol.


    Re Hutton, agreed it's ridiculous but Hobbs and Sutcliffe had clearly better records. Could play one of them at three I suppose, but who comes out?
    Hutton never played @ 3 during his life at test level, but baring in mind Hobbs-Sutcliffe worked so well as a partnership, it'd be hard to put 1 of those @ 3.

    I'm all for having 3 openers as No.1-3 in a line-up and Hutton would be able to do it I'm sure.

    You could go:

    Hobbs
    Sutcliffe
    Hutton
    Hammond
    Barrington/Pietersen

    It's definitely tough. I couldn't do an "all things considered XI" because there are too many great players who peaked during the Ashes series.

    That 4 would be my top 4 "old boys" XI.

    In regards to Barrington vs Pietersen. I'd go for Barrington as it stands.

    A RUN average of 54.12 in the Ashes when he was actually a pretty defensive player. He probably should've had 8 or 9 centuries as opposed to 5 but still wasn't bad. Lol

    I'm sure KP will play til at least the 2013 Ashes though so not really fair to compare him with Ken atm. I'm hoping KP blows Ken's record out of the water. No-one has got as much **** as Pietersen has in the media that I can remember.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Would have Hutton over Barrington TBH and would have him over Pietersen right now without so much as a single backward glance.

    Hobbs and Sutcliffe opening, Hutton three. Always been my choice, for absolutely any accross-ages England team.
    As a right now thing, sure. That's a call I'm making in full consciousness (but admittedly without explicitly stating it) that it anticipating future performances. That said, I'm very confident KP will fulfill that anticipation.

    For Hutton, for these exercises, I dislike selecting players out of position. Hutton was an opener, and when there are middle order players of the quality of Hammond, Barrington and Pietersen, not to mention others like Leyland and Gower, to chose from, don't feel the need to try to turn him into a middle order player. Remember as well that I'm basing this only on Ashes performances, not their over all records as players.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trumpers_Ghost View Post
    Aside from the uselessness of multiple-laugh-smiley-exclusive posts... if there is any sensible response there, what's the reaction to Ramprakash for? He was good in his limited appearances in 1993 and 1997, and excellent in 1998/99 and 2001.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    As a right now thing, sure. That's a call I'm making in full consciousness (but admittedly without explicitly stating it) that it anticipating future performances. That said, I'm very confident KP will fulfill that anticipation.
    I see. Well, I've said many times that I like to assess players for these purposes only once their careers are over - predicting future performances seems fairly pointless to me TBH. Might as well just wait and see.
    For Hutton, for these exercises, I dislike selecting players out of position. Hutton was an opener, and when there are middle order players of the quality of Hammond, Barrington and Pietersen, not to mention others like Leyland and Gower, to chose from, don't feel the need to try to turn him into a middle order player. Remember as well that I'm basing this only on Ashes performances, not their over all records as players.
    I don't like selecting players wildly out-of-position either, but there's any number of openers who've had success at three and I see absolutely no reason why Hutton would not perform as well at three as he did at the top.

    If it was a question of putting Hutton at five or six that'd be a different matter.

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