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    World Series Cricket memories

    For some reason I've been feeling a bit nostalgic of late and found myself
    thinking about the World Series Cricket years (probably showing my age a bit too).
    Our household were staunchly Establishment. We believed cricket belonged on ABC TV
    and steadfastly watched the 1977-78 series between Australia and India while
    the "Other" cricket was on Channel 9. We cheered as Bobby Simpson
    came out of retirement to lead the young, untried Aussie team against
    Bishen Bedi's Indians. There was Peter Toohey, Wayne Clark, Alan Hurst,
    Rick Darling, Ian Ogilvie and Steve Rixon. They were my heroes.
    Occasionally, much to my father and elder brother's disgust I would take in
    some of the WSC games. I had a 'How to play cricket' book that one of the Chappels
    had written so felt I owed them something. I must admit to feeling a little dirty
    watching WSC - but I was fascinated. DK Lillee, Lenny 'No Ball' Pascoe, David Hookes,
    Tony Greig getting belted in his space helmet and of course the incomparable
    West Indians. White balls, the West Indies in pink...
    I remember using a brand new tennis ball in the backyard and pretending
    I was playing under lights for the WSC Australians. The next day I was
    Peter Toohey scoring a century against India (can't remember if he ever did).
    My Dad took me to my first test match the next season - Australia v England. England had
    hammered us from day 1 of the series but I loved it - I think it may have been
    Allan Border's first test - interesting that I saw him make his 10000th run
    many years later at the same venue.
    Weirdly, I was a bit disappointed when everything came back together
    in 79-80. They were my formative cricket years. And I loved every minute of it.
    Ball Tearer...

    Goin' the Larry Dooley with Roy Symonds
    "I was thinking 'should I do this in ones or if he sits one up there should I give it some Larry Dooley?
    I decided that if he slipped one up there I'd give it some Larry Dooley."

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    I was a young'en to, but really enjoyed those years, my father would not watch the WSC cricket either. Have you read 'Cricket War' by Gideon Haigh? The memories came flooding back for me while I read that book.
    You know it makes sense.

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    I haven't, but I will.

    Would love to see those pink West Indian uniforms again.

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    Maybe it was just my age at the time, but I enjoyed those old Benson and Hedges world series games more than the current VB series (which I still consider tops in any case).

    For anyone in NZ the 1980/81 series will allways be remembered as the time an interest cricket hit the average kiwi joker.

    And what a series... watching footage now even gets us stirred.

    Kerry Packer, what a genius.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterteeth
    I haven't, but I will.

    Would love to see those pink West Indian uniforms again.
    Lol, just as well they were the best team in the world in those days, otherwise they would have been laughed off the park

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    I've never understodd world series cricket.

    How did they manage to get each country a full side,i thought they only had about 6 players max from each nation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by open365
    I've never understodd world series cricket.

    How did they manage to get each country a full side,i thought they only had about 6 players max from each nation?
    No they had almost the entire Aust side, in fact they had enough for two teams. They had almost the entire first choice WI 11.

    The side they had trouble with was England, so they had a World 11 made up of English, SA, Ind, and Pakistan players. Although during the Super Tests between Aust and the World team they would also play some WI players.

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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac
    No they had almost the entire Aust side, in fact they had enough for two teams. They had almost the entire first choice WI 11.

    The side they had trouble with was England, so they had a World 11 made up of English, SA, Ind, and Pakistan players. Although during the Super Tests between Aust and the World team they would also play some WI players.
    I thought it was always going to be a World 11 side?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Autobahn
    I thought it was always going to be a World 11 side?
    This from 'The Cricket War'

    ''So what about a third team? And a fourth? Could Cornell and Robertson rustle enough Englishmen or West Indians to impersonate England and West Indies Xls?''

    So that was the early plan but they could not sign enough, so the English players went into a World 11. They had plans for a World 11 anyway, as you suggested

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truekiwijoker
    Kerry Packer, what a genius.
    What a genius, hijacking the game and putting it's very future at risk.
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    Or rather, making the game what it is today.
    marc71178 - President and founding member of AAAS - we don't only appreciate when he does well, but also when he's not quite so good!

    Anyone want to join the Society?

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    Nope, the game would've become what it is today without Packer's illicit actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    Nope, the game would've become what it is today without Packer's illicit actions.
    Yeah, but it would have been about ten to twenty years later.
    Quote Originally Posted by flibbertyjibber View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc
    Yeah, but it would have been about ten to twenty years later.
    And it's debateable it would've even done that. Nobody knows what could've happened in the interim.

    Imagine Hockey gets a Packer and that game becomes even more massive in Pakistan and India?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard
    What a genius, hijacking the game and putting it's very future at risk.
    Perhaps, but it was a risk that paid huge dividends in the end.

    A genius.

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