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    Best to Never

    After Brad Hodge played his first game for Australia, in the 2nd Test against the Windies. Who is the best to never play for Australia in Tests. Im not saying Brad Hodge was the best to never, but he was very close. But anyway who do you guys think is the best never to not play for Australia and also for the other countries.

    I can't think of any Sri Lankans of the top of my head, as anyone who has showed any potential or had a brilliant run in domestic cricket seems to have played for Sri Lanka, at some time or another. Especially considering all the guys they blooded in matches against Bangladesh.

    So who is the best never to play a Test...
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    Best New Zealander atm has to be Peter Fulton. How he hasn't got a run yet I don't know.

    Averages 50 in domestic first class cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze
    Best New Zealander atm has to be Peter Fulton. How he hasn't got a run yet I don't know.

    Averages 50 in domestic first class cricket.
    Peter Fulton played a ODI aganist Bangladesh, he doesn't count..

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00
    Peter Fulton played a ODI aganist Bangladesh, he doesn't count..


    Sorry thought you were just meaning tests. Didn't read your original post carefully enough.


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    Ok i just had a little re think, i don't really care about ODIs, so players that only have had played ODIs can count. So players like Jamie Siddons and Peter Fulton can be included..

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    Jamie Siddons, Jamie Cox, David Horne

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    yeah Siddons or Cox for Australia
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    Quote Originally Posted by social
    Jamie Siddons, Jamie Cox, David Horne
    Who was infront of David Hourn, when he was playing state cricket, Ashley Mallet or Kerry O'Keefe?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00
    Who was infront of David Hourn, when he was playing state cricket, Ashley Mallet or Kerry O'Keefe?
    Late 70s - early 80s, so probably Higgs, Bright (that era's version of Giles), O'Keefe and possibly Mallett.

    Horne was regarded as by far the best spin bowler in Aus (by Ian Chappell, no less) but, like Dilip Doshi, had shocking eye-sight and therefore was a liability with the bat and in the field

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    Quote Originally Posted by James90
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    Might come close for the best player to never play a Test for Sri Lanka

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    I have a little booklet call Hughie's Best Never Eleven by Scribe

    The Team is
    Sam Trimble
    Karl Schneider
    Sunny Jim Mackay
    Jamie Siddons
    Norman Callaway
    Frank O'Keefe
    Frank Tarrant
    Cec Pepper
    Charlie Walker
    Jack Massie
    Jack Marsh
    You know it makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    I have a little booklet call Hughie's Best Never Eleven by Scribe
    I find it hard to beleive a rapper from NZ knows that much about Australian Cricket...

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00
    I find it hard to beleive a rapper from NZ knows that much about Australian Cricket...
    Well then you have not listened to his lyrics:

    'Mat the Bat is one cool cat, he can club a four and write cooking books galore'

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    I did a bit of reseach and found some players from different countries that fit the criteria to make an XI. But i still need players from South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies.

    1. Gholam Rahman (Ban) 1152 runs @ 52.36
    2. Jamie Cox (Aus) 18604 runs @ 42.86
    3. Sridharan Sriram (Ind) 7910 runs @ 56.50, 76 wkts @ 44.10
    4. Steve Tikolo (As) 2848 runs @ 52.74, 45 wkts @ 39.02
    5. Peter Fulton (NZ) 2952 runs @ 49.20
    6. Trevor Penney (ZIM) 7975 runs @ 39.28
    7...
    8...
    9...
    10. Gary Keedy (ENG) 396 wkts @ 31.91
    11. Nandika Ranjith (SL) 220 wkts @ 18.84

    G Rahman: Easlier the best current player from Bangladesh yet to make his Test debut, but i can't see this status lasting long. There probably are better players who played in the 80s when they made their ODI debut, but i didn't look into those players.

    Jamie Cox: Only made the side infront of Siddons cus of the lack of openers, but he is good enough to make the side on his performances alone.

    Sriram: One of my favorite players from India, played 8 ODIs but yet to play a Test. Amazing that someone averaging 56 in domestic cricket has never played Test Cricket, but i guess most batsmen in India lately average near that area.

    Tikolo: Both Lebervefe(sp) and Joyce where close in getting the spot for the Non Test Playing nations, but Tilkolo is a class above and me thinks that Joyce might get a England cap pretty soon.

    Fulton: His record in FC cricket is only second to the great Martin Crowe yet he can't get a Test. Me thinks if he was a opening batsmen he would be one of the first guys picked for NZ, but they have a decent middle order and the coach doesn't like him.

    Penny: One of many Zimbabweans for moved to overseas for better cricketing future. Made a pretty good career for himself at Warks, there are probably better Zimbabweans for moved overseas, but his the first one that came to mind.

    Keedy: Probably not the best player not to play cricket for England and probably doesn't even come close compared to others. But i couldn't be bothered reserching too much and being a Lancs fan his one of my favorite players

    Ranijth: A late bloomer in Sri Lanka, but has put together a pretty good career for himself. Due to his age he might never play a Test, but he has become a regular for Sri Lanka A, so you never know.
    Last edited by chaminda_00; 18-11-2005 at 04:00 AM.

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