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    Best Statistical XI

    I'm pretty sure this hasn't done before, but I could be wrong.

    This XI is made up completely of the best averaging batsman and bowlers in history. Only the two openers have been picked in terms of being the best at their position, while the rest of the middle order have been chosen purely on average. My team has two openers, four middle order batsman, one keeper (selected solely on batting average), and then the best averaging bowlers, three paceman and a spinner. The qualification for batsmen is 20 innings, while for bowlers it is at least 50 wickets.

    1. H Sutcliffe, ENG (60.73, 54 games)
    2. JB Hobbs, ENG (56.95, 61 games)
    3. DG Bradman*, AUS (99.94, 52 games)
    4. RG Pollock, RSA (60.97, 23 games)
    5. GA Headley, WI (60.83, 22 games)
    6. E Paynter, ENG (59.23, 20 games)
    7. A Flower+, ZIM (51.55, 63 games)
    8. W Bates, ENG, OB (27.33, 15 games, bowl 16.42)
    9. W Barnes, ENG, RM (23.39, 21 games, bowl 15.55)
    10. GA Lohmann, ENG, RFM (8.88, 18 games, bowl 10.76)
    11. JJ Ferris, ENG, LFM, (8.76, 9 games, bowl 12.7)

    So there it is. 7 Englishmen and one Australian, South African, West Indian and Zimbabwean. It should be noted that although I was planning on taking the best spinner and the best three seamers, it turned out that of the top four bowlers, one was a spinner while the rest where seamers. As you can see, there are no current players there. Were it not for his recent performances, I'm pretty sure Gilchrist would have been in there for Flower. Keep in mind the bowlers were selected in terms of averages; different teams could be made with strike rates or economy rates. Bradman is captain as he has the best captaincy record out of those in the team

    Obviously, different people can have differing opinions in terms of make-up of sides (I have no allrounder, unless you count Bates and Barnes), different types of bowlers, and you may also have different ideas of what it takes for players to be qualified (Ferris only has 9 games). Feel free to post your own sides based on any different ideas.
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    Only a bunch of convicts having been beaten 3-0 and gone 9 tests without a win and won just 1 in 11 against England could go into the home series saying they will win. England will win in Australia again this winter as they are a better side which they have shown this summer. 3-0 doesn't lie girls.

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    interesting side..

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    Some phenominal bowling averages there.
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    hmmmm i think they should have played around or over 20 games
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    None of todays Bowlers can match up to the bowling averages seens in the early 1900's...cant blame then for it

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    50+ games XI:

    1. H Sutcliffe, ENG (60.73, 54 games)
    2. JB Hobbs, ENG (56.95, 61 games)
    3. DG Bradman*, AUS (99.94, 52 games)
    4. WR Hammond, ENG (58.45, 85 games)
    5. KF Barrington, ENG (58.67, 82 games)
    6. GS Sobers, WI (57.78, 93 games, 34.03, 235 wkts)
    7. A Flower+, ZIM (51.55, 63 games)
    8. MD Marshall, WI (18.85, 81 games, 20.94, 376 wkts)
    9. CEL Ambrose, WI (12.40, 98 games, 20.99, 405 wkts)
    10. J Garner, WI (12.44, 58 games, 20.97, 259 wkts)
    11. GD McGarth, AUS (7.51, 119 games, 21.55, 542 wkts)

    12th Man: M Muralitharan, SL (12.40, 99 games, 22.47, 584 wkts)

    If the pitch is turning then Murali can come in for McGarth. Another option is Richard Hadlee (27 Bat, 22.29 bowl) if you want some extra lower order batting. Hmm i can't believe i made a XI with four quicks, but there you go. Only four guys from AndyC side; Bradman, Flower, Hobbs and Sutcliffe.
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    I've done the same

    MEK Hussey , Australia (102.00)
    MS Dhoni+ , India (45.70)
    IVA Richards , West Indies (47.00)
    Zaheer Abbas , Pakistan (47.62)
    MG Bevan , Australia (53.58)
    GM Turner , New Zealand (47.00)
    SE Bond RF, New Zealand (18.37, 18.63)
    AME Roberts RF, West Indies (10.04, 20.35)
    LS Pascoe RF, Australia (9.75, 20.11)
    DK Lillee RF, Australia (9.23, 20.82)
    J Garner RF, West Indies (9.19, 18.84)

    And a variation on the theme, in Tests.

    SM Gavaskar (10122) India
    GA Gooch (8900) England
    BC Lara (11204) West Indies
    AR Border (11174) Australia
    SR Waugh (10927) Australia
    AJ Stewart+ (8463) England
    SK Warne LS (2865, 659) Australia
    M Muralitharan OB (1042, 584) Sri Lanka
    CA Walsh RF (936, 519) West Indies
    GD McGrath RFM (631, 542) Australia
    Or something.

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    Hence we've just found the best teams ever..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Some phenominal bowling averages there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc
    I'm pretty sure this hasn't done before, but I could be wrong.

    This XI is made up completely of the best averaging batsman and bowlers in history. Only the two openers have been picked in terms of being the best at their position, while the rest of the middle order have been chosen purely on average. My team has two openers, four middle order batsman, one keeper (selected solely on batting average), and then the best averaging bowlers, three paceman and a spinner. The qualification for batsmen is 20 innings, while for bowlers it is at least 50 wickets.

    1. H Sutcliffe, ENG (60.73, 54 games)
    2. JB Hobbs, ENG (56.95, 61 games)
    3. DG Bradman*, AUS (99.94, 52 games)
    4. RG Pollock, RSA (60.97, 23 games)
    5. GA Headley, WI (60.83, 22 games)
    6. E Paynter, ENG (59.23, 20 games)
    7. A Flower+, ZIM (51.55, 63 games)
    8. W Bates, ENG, OB (27.33, 15 games, bowl 16.42)
    9. W Barnes, ENG, RM (23.39, 21 games, bowl 15.55)
    10. GA Lohmann, ENG, RFM (8.88, 18 games, bowl 10.76)
    11. JJ Ferris, ENG, LFM, (8.76, 9 games, bowl 12.7)


    So there it is. 7 Englishmen and one Australian, South African, West Indian and Zimbabwean. It should be noted that although I was planning on taking the best spinner and the best three seamers, it turned out that of the top four bowlers, one was a spinner while the rest where seamers. As you can see, there are no current players there. Were it not for his recent performances, I'm pretty sure Gilchrist would have been in there for Flower. Keep in mind the bowlers were selected in terms of averages; different teams could be made with strike rates or economy rates. Bradman is captain as he has the best captaincy record out of those in the team

    Obviously, different people can have differing opinions in terms of make-up of sides (I have no allrounder, unless you count Bates and Barnes), different types of bowlers, and you may also have different ideas of what it takes for players to be qualified (Ferris only has 9 games). Feel free to post your own sides based on any different ideas.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey
    Old ALFTA players will know what I'm on about...
    I've got Peel and he comes in at around 6th or 7th on the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Halsey
    Old ALFTA players will know what I'm on about...
    That England team was one of the stupidest I've ever seen, my Indian team on the other hand...
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