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    Most entertaining XI

    All-time entertaining XI.

    1.Martin Crowe
    2. Sanath Jayasuria
    3. Viv Richards
    4. Brian Lara
    5. Sachin Tendulkar
    6. Imran Khan
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Dennis Lillee
    11. Muttiah Muralitharan

    12. Stuart MacGill

    The criteria is simple really, pick the guys you found entertaining. They don't have to be dashing and sparkling, they could be a player you enjoy watching for technique (Kallis just missed out), or whatever, just somebody you find enjoyable to watch.

    Martin Crowe I admire for his swing playing abilities. Wasim Akram, I'm told, rated him the best player of his swing he played against. Jayasuria rocks, his record against Australia is incredible as well. Players like Lara do as well against Australia as they do any other country, which is impressive. In ODI's, Jayasuria has done better against Oz than just about any other country. What a legend. King Viv needs no explanation, the embodiment of theatre. Lara whole style I love. The bend of the knee after the ball is released, picking the line quicker than anybody, bat raised high... excitment. Tendulkar had this aura about him the 90s. Invincible. You knew if you got him out your team stood a chance, if not he'd carry India to victory like in 1998. Pakistan just hasn't had the same aura of excitment since Khan left. Charasmatic, enigmatic, endearing. Khan rocked! Gilchrist is one of my favorite batsman to watch. Not a slugger, and not technically flawed... yet there's a method to his flurries. Maybe it's his hand-eye coordination. Vettori said it's the best he's ever seen. Maybe he's just a clearn hitter. But he's gifted.

    The best complement I can pay Wasim Akram is that there were times when all he needed was the ball and stump. There are players who can easily play pitched up deliveries. But Wasim, when he pitched the ball up and it swing one way and seamed the other... wow! Nothing you can do. I remember Allan Lamb going out in the 1992 World Cup final and I tell you, unplayable delivery! Wasim's got more fire and is more exciting than simple seam bowlers who keep looking for the edge. With Wasim you felt he could do anything with the ball and it would be exciting. Warne is Warne, nough said. Lillee was a great character with the whole wipe the brow, in your face attitude. He could go for edges, but also put intimidation in there. And it was legit intimidation, he knew how to hit the body and read the batsman's fear. Murali's facinating when it comes to keeping things tight. He's very hard to hit out and he's incredibly unpredictable. All you really have to pick him is his arm. If it's point at the stumps it's probably the doosera, if it's pointing at the slips it's probably the off-break. But he's a joy to watch.

    I admire Stuart MacGill's drink delivering capabilities. He knows what to put in the drinks and how much water to add.
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    I am amazed that a New Zealander made it in to your team...
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    Martin Crowe I admire for his swing playing abilities
    So you heard about him and his manager too then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    So you heard about him and his manager too then?
    I heard they were on the slide and the see saw as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    So you heard about him and his manager too then?
    I heard rumours about Martin Crowe that in a way forced his early retirement ... is that what you are alluding to .

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    Maybe...


    And on that note, I'm off to Dunedin for two nights of debauchery. Adieu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    Maybe...


    And on that note, I'm off to Dunedin for two nights of debauchery. Adieu.
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    Vaughan
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    Klusener
    Pollock
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    1. Jayasuriya
    2. Tendulkar
    3. Viv Richards
    4. Lara
    5. Gower
    6. Gilchrist
    7. Imran Khan
    8. Ian Botham
    9. Akram
    10. Warne
    11. Donald

    *edit* - some players (Richards, Gower, Khan, Botham) I haven't seen play but are basing it on what I have read, heard and seen in replays.
    Last edited by oz_fan; 28-04-2006 at 12:17 AM.

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    from what i've seen from 97 to now:

    Sehwag
    Jayasuriya
    Ponting
    Lara
    Tendulkar
    Gilchrist
    Flintoff
    Klusener
    Wasim Akram
    Warne
    Akhtar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francis
    All-time entertaining XI.

    9. Shane Warne
    10. Dennis Lillee
    11. Shane Warne

    Warne is Warne, nough said.
    Twice, apparently

    Quote Originally Posted by Francis
    Murali's facinating when it comes to keeping things tight. He's very hard to hit out and he's incredibly unpredictable.
    That unpredictable, he's changed his name to Warne.
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    Admiration 11.

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    Richards
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    Flintoff
    Botham
    Cork
    Warne
    Fraser

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    ODI

    1. Jayasuriya
    2. Gilchrist
    3. Lara
    4. Astle
    5. Martyn
    6. Symonds
    7. Pollock
    8. Warne
    9. Lee
    10. Akhtar
    11. Muralitharan


    Test

    1. Jayasuriya
    2. Gayle
    3. Lara
    4. Kallis
    5. Tendulkar
    6. Flintoff
    7. Gilchrist
    8. Warne
    9. Bond
    10. Akhtar
    11. Muralitharan

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    1. Slater
    2. Jayasuriya
    3. Ponting
    4. Tendulkar
    5. M Waugh
    6. Gilchrist
    7. Flintoff
    8. Lee
    9. Warne
    10. Akhtar
    11. S Jones
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    Quote Originally Posted by sirjeremy11
    I am amazed that a New Zealander made it in to your team...
    Martin Crowe was a delight to watch when in the mood. And he has great stats inspite of being pushed in too early, in his own words.
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    In the end, I think it's so utterly, incomprehensibly boring. There is so much context behind each innings of cricket that dissecting statistics into these small samples is just worthless. No-one has ever been faced with the same situation in which they come out to bat as someone else. Ever.
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