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    "20 Caps and Under" XI

    Right, we're in the crucial period smack bang in the middle of two World Cups, as teams try to build a team with the right blend of youth and experience to succeed, and to get the last few years they can out of their older players.

    However, who will be the young players taking over the mantle of those who retire after the 2007 World Cup? By this I mean who are the players at the moment who are either just starting or just about to start their Test and/or ODI careers, and who look as if they could be among the best in the world in a few years time - not players who are young but already established as Test players.

    20 Test caps and under is a good margin I think - players like Strauss and Clarke have only been playing Tests for a year or so, but still have 15-odd Tests under their belt, so that seems about fair.

    My XI:

    1. AJ Strauss (capt)
    2. AB De Villiers (wk)
    3. MJ Clarke
    4. IR Bell
    5. KP Pietersen
    6. HJH Marshall
    7. SR Watson
    8. DDJ Bravo
    9. IK Pathan
    10. SP Jones
    11. SW Tait


    Couldn't think of a spinner - Clarke and Pietersen can share the duties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble
    Couldn't think of a spinner - Clarke and Pietersen can share the duties.
    Try the one in my avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Try the one in my avatar
    Pardon my ignorance, but who is it? It's not the great Dave, surely? I thought he had a little moustache.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barney Rubble
    Pardon my ignorance, but who is it? It's not the great Dave, surely? I thought he had a little moustache.
    It is the great Dave indeed. Pretty old picture, though


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    Collingwood in for Watson.
    Or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamee999
    Collingwood in for Watson.
    Thought the team was a little top-heavy to have a guy like Colly at 7, but he could well be a part of the England Test team by then, his FC game is improving fast.

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    get Afridi in, probably for Watson

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    Clarke as skipper for the team - at least according to what Aussies have said.

    Katich has less than 20 Tests too. My XI:

    Strauss
    de Villiers
    *Clarke
    Hamish Marshall
    Pietersen
    Katich
    +McCullum
    S Jones
    Tait
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    Think I'd have Hussey in the team personally, even tho he has zero Test caps.
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    Bond would have to be there

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    get Afridi in, probably for Watson
    Good idea, he looks like he may actually be making something of himself, as a bowling all-rounder.

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    An interesting thread.

    Bond would walk straight in there.

    Tait? I don't believe he has played a test
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    Strauss
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    Collingwood
    McCullum
    Pathan
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    James Anderson would have been a lock for this a couple of years ago.

    How the mighty have fallen.

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    Can't see the justification for putting Bell in there above Katich myself. Limiting myself only to those who have actually played test cricket...

    AB De Villiers
    Andrew Strauss
    Simon Katich
    Hamish Marshall
    Michael Clarke
    Kevin Pietersen
    Brendon McCullum
    Irfan Pathan
    Shane Bond
    Simon Jones
    Lasith Malinga

    Malinga makes it due to a lack of other options really. Tait hasn't played a test, and there's no really promising spinners with under 20 tests.
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