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    Which International Cricketers Would Make the Aussie Side?

    Assume a full-strength Aussie side of the past 3 years, something like this.
    Langer, Hayden, Ponting, Martyn, Hussey, Clarke, Gilchrist, Warne, Lee, Gillespie/Clark/Kasprowicz, McGrath, a few reserves (macgill, watson, hodge, clown)
    If you want, you can go back further to Waugh, Lehmann and the likes ... you get the point, this side has been top-class for the past decade or so now.

    So from the other cricketing nations, who would crack the Aussie side? If a player is currently out of touch (tendulkar, lara, ganguly, gillespie), assume he's at his usual best.

    I'll start with India.

    Dravid, Tendulkar and Harbhajan would make the Aussie side IMO. Kumble would get overshadowed and Gangs and Sehwag wouldn't cut it fitness/discipline-wise. Yes, Kumble and Ganguly are all-time greats but I don't see them going as far if they were Aussies. Harbhajan would beat out MacGill for his offies.
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    From New Zealand I think Bond would be the only one for Gillespie/Clark/Kasprowicz. Vettori would be close, as would Astle or even Fleming for Martyn/Clarke. But Bond would definately be in there.

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    No way Harbhajan would make it ahead of Kumble, and Kumble would only play at the SCG or the subcontinent, most likely.

    I'd say Tendulkar and Dravid would make it, of course.

    From England, Flintoff would make it, but that'd be it from the batting I think. Simon Jones would cruise in to the third seamer spot, as would Hoggard if Jones was unavailable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FaaipDeOiad
    No way Harbhajan would make it ahead of Kumble, and Kumble would only play at the SCG or the subcontinent, most likely.
    Don't you think he'd be overlooked the same way MacGill has been though, with Warne in the spotlight? Especially since he's not a huge turner of the ball, just doesn't strike you as a standout leggie at first glance. I don't know what it is with India and unconventional leggies these days, Chawla seems like another Kumble-type, not crazy leg-break but very clever variations and accuracy.


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    Any one (or two) of England's seam attack dependent upon whether you play 3 or 4 (McGrath and Lee of your existing pace attack on current form would be worth a place of course, but no-one else) - and of course Flintoff and (possibly) Pietersen - especially in ODI's.

    I wouldn't go any further than that.
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    Let's stick to tests for now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    Any one (or two) of England's seam attack dependent upon whether you play 3 or 4 (McGrath and Lee of your existing pace attack on current form would be worth a place of course, but no-one else) - and of course Flintoff and (possibly) Pietersen - especially in ODI's.

    I wouldn't go any further than that.
    Yeah, ODIs are different - Tresco would probably beat Katich in that form too.

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    NZ - Bond
    SA - Kallis, Pollock, Ntini
    Eng - Flintoff, Pieterson (maybe not for tests), possibly Hoggard
    WI - Lara
    India - Tendulkar, Dravid (not at 3)
    SL - Murali
    Pakistan - Inzy

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    Just another world XI thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oz_fan
    Pakistan - Inzy
    I doubt Inzy would make it. He has poor fitness, is a poor runner between the wickets and slow in the field. If Ganguly doesn't make it, neither does Inzy (apart from Ganguly's short-ball issues).

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    Just another world XI thread.
    Not really, I don't think we'll get exactly XI. Also, Sehwag would be in World XIs but not here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    Not really, I don't think we'll get exactly XI. Also, Sehwag would be in World XIs but not here.
    Umm yes we are. Its basically making a world XI as each of the best players in each country will make the "aussie" side.

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    Combined world XI of currently active players :

    Sehwag
    Langer
    Dravid
    Tendulkar
    Lara
    Ponting
    Gillchrist
    Flintoff
    Warne
    Murali
    McGrath

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    From India - Dravid
    England - Freddie, Hoggard, Jones(the Bowler)
    NZ - 007
    Pak - Akhtar
    SA - Nitni, Kallis
    SL - Murali
    BD - Ashraful
    WI - None
    Zim - None

    PS :- On current form, Sachin and Lara wont make it to the current Aussie squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoT_SpIn
    Umm yes we are. Its basically making a world XI as each of the best players in each country will make the "aussie" side.
    You don't quite understand the thread then. I mentioned Kumble, Ganguly, Sehwag and Inzamam as some world-class cricketers who might not have the same career in Australia because of the circumstances there: a) Shane Warne b) emphasis on fitness/fielding

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