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    Ponting's Australia - how good?

    Benaud rates them as good as the invincibles.

    http://www.cricinfo.com/link_to_data...16JAN2005.html

    Among the test sides past 95, Taylor's, Waugh's and Ponting's Australia have been the best in the world. I rate the current side under Ponting better than the side under Waugh considering they have more experienced players and guys like Clarke as well. Winning in India and Sri Lanka are indicative of their strength. As is winning 3-0 recently vs NZL and PAK so easily.

    Most of us have agreed Windies were stronger than Waugh's Australia. I have my doubt with this current Australian team which has untapped resources and partnerships they always come up with.

    And even Gillespie isnt a muck with the bat any more. Have the current Australian team 70/4 and they could still make 350.

    Best cricket team I have definitely seen.

    Thoughts..?

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    You have them 70/4 and they could easily be 370 before they lose their 5th wicket. Best side ive seen no doubt but when McGrath and Warne retire they will come back to the field.

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    I personally think this current Aussie side is better than S.waugh's side of the late 90s early 2000s. However not convinced they would beat the great windies side of the mid 80s...

    what a game it would be though...

    Not sure I'd like to put money down on the winner

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    I previously believed that the Waugh side of 2000/01 was better, but after watching some tapes and DVDs from those days, I've changed my opinion. This current test squad is amazing. Simply brilliant. Best bowling line-up I've ever seen, however on paper I think the WI bowling line-up is slightly better. However I never had the privelige of seeing them live, so I won't really comment. The batting speaks for itself.

    They are a terrific team though, without a doubt. Best I've ever seen hands down.
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    All i gotto say is if One Shoaib akhtar made a bunny outta Hayden and made Lemon look pretty stupid, i shudder to think what 4 bowlers superior to Akhtar would've done.

    In tests, i would rank WI of the late 70s/early 80s as the BEST, followed by the Invincibles, folled by Steve Waugh's corps.

    But this aussie is a great ODI outfit.....i dunno which one(s) are better: the Saffies of the mid/late 90s, the aussies of the last 2 years or the Windies of the late 70s/early 80s.

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    [QUOTE=C_C]All i gotto say is if One Shoaib akhtar made a bunny outta Hayden and made Lemon look pretty stupid, iQUOTE]

    I think we all know where you are coming from now C_C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_C
    In tests, i would rank WI of the late 70s/early 80s as the BEST, followed by the Invincibles, folled by Steve Waugh's corps.

    Are you calling steve waugh a corpse? I dont think he is dead yet.

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    i started a thread like this a while ago and most people said s.waugh's team were better but i think tis curent side is better

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    [QUOTE=C_C]All i gotto say is if One Shoaib akhtar made a bunny outta Hayden and made Lemon look pretty stupid, i shudder to think what 4 bowlers superior to Akhtar would've done.

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    In the series WI v Pak 74/75 Richards only averaged 5.6 and that was against some pretty ordinary bowling.

    77/78 he only averaged 31 against the Australian team and again in the 81/82 series against Aust Rchards only averaged 26.

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    Its a very, very tough call regarding the current Aussie side, and the mighty Windies of old. As mentioned earlier I'd hate to put money on an outcome if the two were to lock horns. One think I'd relish though would be Marshall vs. Ponting, that would be amazing, anwyay, back on topic. Anyway heres how rate the current Aussie side:

    1) West Indies 1970/80's
    2) Pontings Australians
    3) The invincibles
    4) Ali Bachers South Africans
    5) Steve Waughs Aussies

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    That poll doesnt differentiate between Waughs Australia and Pontings Australia.
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    77/78 he only averaged 31 against the Australian team and again in the 81/82 series against Aust Rchards only averaged 26.
    And ?
    Everyone has a bad series or two.
    However, Hayden has been exposed more often when he has faced hostile FAST bowling than not.

    Like i said, in cricket, bowling is what wins you matches and the WI team of the 70s/80s had the best bowling in a squad ever.
    Marshall, Holding,Garner, Croft, Roberts, Ambrose, Walsh, Bishop......apart from Walsh(who was orindary at the start of ihs career), any one of them would walk into any team from any era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C_C
    And ?
    Everyone has a bad series or two.
    However, Hayden has been exposed more often when he has faced hostile FAST bowling than not.

    Like i said, in cricket, bowling is what wins you matches and the WI team of the 70s/80s had the best bowling in a squad ever.
    Marshall, Holding,Garner, Croft, Roberts, Ambrose, Walsh, Bishop......apart from Walsh(who was orindary at the start of ihs career), any one of them would walk into any team from any era.
    And Hayden would walk into any side in any era.

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