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    Team of the decade (1950's to now)

    I had an idea of selecting the Best XI's over various decades starting from the 1950's:

    1950's:

    1.Len Hutton*
    2.Arthur Morris
    3.Neil Harvey
    4.Everton Weeks
    5.Dennis Compton
    6.Gary Sobers
    7.Keith Miller
    8.Godfrey Evans+
    9.Ray Lindwall
    10.Freddie Trueman
    11.Jim Laker

    Unlucky to miss out are May,Worrell, Walcott, Lock, Hazare, Bedser, Tayfield

    1960's

    1.Conrad Hunte
    2.Bill Lawry
    3.Rohan Kanhai
    4.Graeme Pollock
    5.Ken Barrington
    6.Gary Sobers*
    7.Farook Engineer+
    8.Allan Davidson
    9.Wes Hall
    10.Freddie Trueman
    11.Lance Gibbs

    worthy mentions Dexter, Barlow, Mohammad, Simpson, Goddard, Barlow

    1970's

    1.Sunil Gavaskar
    2.Gordon Greenidge
    3.Graeme Pollock
    4.Greg Chappell*
    5.Viv Richards
    6.Ian Botham
    7.Rodney Marsh+
    8.Andy Roberts
    9.Michael Holding
    10.Dennis Lillee
    11.Dereck Underwood

    Worthy mentions Barry Richards, the Indian spin quartet, Llyod, Procter, Barlow, Snow, Abbas

    1980's

    1.Sunil Gavaskar
    2.Gordon Greenidge
    3.Zaheer Abbas
    4.Greg Chappell
    5.Viv Richards
    6.Imran Khan*
    7.Jeffery Dujon+
    8.Richard Hadlee
    9.Malcolm Marshall
    10.Dennis Lillee
    11.Abdul Qadir

    worthy mentions Dev, Botham, Garner, Holding, Miandad, Richardson

    1990's

    1.Mark Taylor*
    2.Saeed Anwar
    3.Brian Lara
    4.Sachin Tendulkar
    5.Steve Waugh
    6.Inzamam-ul-Haq
    7.Ian Healy+
    8.Wasim Akram
    9.Shane Warne
    10.Curtly Ambrose
    11.Glenn McGrath

    worthy mentions Donald, Pollock, Dravid, Muralitharan, Flower, Cairns

    2000's: (to date)

    1.Matthew Hayden
    2.Virender Sehwag
    3.Ricky Ponting
    4.Brain Lara*
    5.Rahul Dravid
    6.Adam Gilchrist+
    7.Andrew Flintoff
    8.Shane Warne
    9.Shoaib Akhtar
    10.Muttiah Muralitharan
    11.Glenn McGrath

    worthy mentions Tendulkar, Gillespie, Langer, Kallis, Inzamam
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    which of those teams is the best do you think... I'd go for the 1970s
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    Good effort that

    Knott for the Keeper in the 70s, most of the Aussies from that period when picking their all time best put him in front of Marsh.

    Taylor was lucky to make the 90s squad I thought, he had a couple of good seasons the best was 1989, maybe his captaincy got him in?
    You know it makes sense.

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    Very good teams. IMO the best team overall would be the team of the 80's.


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    1950s
    L Hutton
    CL Walcott
    RN Harvey
    EDC Weekes
    PBH May*
    GSA Sobers
    KR Miller
    TG Evans+
    RR Lindwall
    JC Laker
    FS Trueman

    1960s
    RB Simpson*
    WM Lawry
    RB Kanhai
    RG Pollock
    KF Barrington
    GSA Sobers
    JM Parks+
    AK Davidson
    PM Pollock
    FS Trueman
    DK Underwood

    1970s
    SM Gavaskar
    G Boycott
    IVA Richards*
    GS Chappell
    Javed Miandad
    IT Botham
    APE Knott+
    AME Roberts
    MA Holding
    DK Lillee
    RGD Willis

    1980s
    SM Gavaskar
    CG Greenidge
    IVA Richards
    Javed Miandad
    AR Border
    Imran Khan*
    RW Marsh+
    RJ Hadlee
    MD Marshall
    J Garner
    DK Lillee

    1990s
    GA Gooch
    Saeed Anwar
    BC Lara
    SR Tendulkar
    SR Waugh*
    Inzamam-ul-Haq
    A Flower+
    Wasim Akram
    CEL Ambrose
    Waqar Younis
    AA Donald

    2000s
    1.ML Hayden
    2.V Sehwag
    3.R Dravid*
    4.RT Ponting
    5. KP Pietersen
    6.JH Kallis
    7.AC Gilchrist+
    8.SM Pollock
    9.SK Warne
    10.M Muralitharan
    11.GD McGrath
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    Martin Crowe in the 80's for me.

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    1950's
    1. Len Hutton *
    2. Arthur Morris
    3. Neil Harvey
    4. Everton Weekes
    5. Dennis Compton
    6. Garry Sobers
    7. Keith Miller
    8. Godfrey Evans +
    9. Ray Lindwall
    10. Fred Trueman
    11. Jim Laker

    1960's
    1. Bob Simpson
    2. Bill Lawry
    3. Rohan Kanhai
    4. Graeme Pollock
    5. Ken Barrington
    6. Garry Sobers
    7. Farook Engineer +
    8. Allan Davidson
    9. Richie Benaud *
    10. Wes Hall
    11. Fred Trueman

    1970's
    1. Sunil Gavaskar
    2. Gordon Greenidge
    3. Viv Richards
    4. Greg Chappell
    5. Clive Lloyd *
    6. Imran Khan
    7. Rodney Marsh
    8. Ian Botham
    9. Michael Holding
    10. Andy Roberts
    11. Dennis Lillee

    1980's
    1. Desmond Haynes
    2. Gordon Greenidge
    3. Viv Richards
    4. Greg Chappell
    5. Allan Border *
    6. Imran Khan
    7. Jeffrey Dujon +
    8. Richard Hadlee
    9. Malcolm Marshall
    10. Joel Garner
    11. Abdul Qadir

    1990's
    1. Mark Taylor
    2. Saeed Anwar
    3. Sachin Tendulkar
    4. Brian Lara
    5. Steve Waugh *
    6. Andy Flower +
    7. Shaun Pollock
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Curtly Ambrose
    11. Allan Donald

    2000's
    1. Matt Hayden
    2. Virender Sehwag
    3. Ricky Ponting*
    4. Brian Lara
    5. Rahul Dravid
    6. Jaques Kallis
    7. Adam Gilchrist +
    8. Andrew Flintoff
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Muttiah Muralitharin
    11. Glenn McGrath

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    I like most of the teams you listed Oz Fan, but I think Kallis as the third seemer in the 2000s team is leaves the team a bit unbalanced. I'd probably leave out Kallis and pick somebody like Akhtar, Gillespie, Lee or Chaminda Vaas. Apart from Akhtar, they're all ok lower-order bats, so they'd all slot in ok at 9, with Gilchrist and Warne moving up one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    2000s
    1.ML Hayden
    2.V Sehwag
    3.R Dravid*
    4.RT Ponting
    5. KP Pietersen
    6.JH Kallis
    7.AC Gilchrist+
    8.SM Pollock
    9.SK Warne
    10.M Muralitharan
    11.GD McGrath
    Pietersen's already done enough in 12 months to outdo all Lara has done from 2000-present?
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    1950's
    1. Len Hutton *
    2. Hanif Mohammad
    3. Neil Harvey
    4. Everton Weekes+
    5. Dennis Compton
    6. Garry Sobers
    7. Frank Worrell
    8. Keith Miller
    9. Ray Lindwall
    10. Fred Trueman
    11. Jim Laker

    1960's
    1. Bob Simpson
    2. Bill Lawry
    3. Rohan Kanhai
    4. Graeme Pollock
    5. Ken Barrington
    6. Garry Sobers
    7. Farook Engineer +
    8. Allan Davidson
    9. Richie Benaud *
    10. Fazal Mahmood
    11. Trueman

    1970's
    1. Sunil Gavaskar
    2. Gordon Greenidge
    3. Viv Richards
    4. Greg Chappell
    5. Clive Lloyd *
    6. Imran Khan
    7. Rodney Marsh+
    8. Ian Botham
    9. Michael Holding
    10. Andy Roberts
    11. Dennis Lillee

    1980's
    1. Desmond Haynes
    2. Gordon Greenidge
    3. Viv Richards
    4. Javed Miandad
    5. Allan Border *
    6. Imran Khan
    7. Jeffrey Dujon +
    8. Richard Hadlee
    9. Malcolm Marshall
    10. Joel Garner
    11. Abdul Qadir

    1990's
    1. Gary Kirsten
    2. Saeed Anwar
    3. Sachin Tendulkar
    4. Brian Lara
    5. Steve Waugh *
    6. Andy Flower +
    7. Wasim Akram
    8. Shane Warne
    9. Waqar Younis
    10. Curtly Ambrose
    11. Allan Donald

    2000's
    1. Brian Lara
    2. Justin Langer
    3. Ricky Ponting*
    4. Inzamam
    5. Rahul Dravid
    6. Jaques Kallis
    7. Adam Gilchrist +
    8. Andrew Flintoff
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Muttiah Muralitharin
    11. Glenn McGrath[/QUOTE]

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    A few minor responses

    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    1950s
    L Hutton
    CL Walcott
    RN Harvey
    EDC Weekes
    PBH May*
    GSA Sobers
    KR Miller
    TG Evans+
    RR Lindwall
    JC Laker
    FS Trueman
    Did Clyde Walcott ever open the batting?, if he did was has record that good to be placed ahead of arguably Australia best ever opener Arthur Morris?

    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    1960s
    RB Simpson*
    WM Lawry
    RB Kanhai
    RG Pollock
    KF Barrington
    GSA Sobers
    JM Parks+
    AK Davidson
    PM Pollock
    FS Trueman
    DK Underwood
    Dont think Underwood could have been ranked a better spinner than Gibbs during the 60's, in the 70's well yes. Also i would have gone for Engineer ahead of Parks ahead during the 60's even though Parks was probably the better glovesman, Engineer the better bat. After all he did play for the World XI vs England in the late 60's.


    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    1970s
    SM Gavaskar
    G Boycott
    IVA Richards*
    GS Chappell
    Javed Miandad
    IT Botham
    APE Knott+
    AME Roberts
    MA Holding
    DK Lillee
    RGD Willis
    Got to disagree with Boycott being ahead of Greenidge & Miandad ahead of Graeme Pollock even though he didn't play any international cricket.


    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    1980s
    SM Gavaskar
    CG Greenidge
    IVA Richards
    Javed Miandad
    AR Border
    Imran Khan*
    RW Marsh+
    RJ Hadlee
    MD Marshall
    J Garner
    DK Lillee
    I would sneak Qadir in here somewhere just to give the side some variety but the though task is which one of those top bowlers to leave out.

    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    1990s
    GA Gooch
    Saeed Anwar
    BC Lara
    SR Tendulkar
    SR Waugh*
    Inzamam-ul-Haq
    A Flower+
    Wasim Akram
    CEL Ambrose
    Waqar Younis
    AA Donald
    As with Qadir would sneak Warne in somewhere amongst these great fast bowlers


    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    2000s
    1.ML Hayden
    2.V Sehwag
    3.R Dravid*
    4.RT Ponting
    5. KP Pietersen
    6.JH Kallis
    7.AC Gilchrist+
    8.SM Pollock
    9.SK Warne
    10.M Muralitharan
    11.GD McGrath
    KP surely can't be ahead of Lara, Kallis vs Flintoff for the all-rounder spot is debatable along with Pollock vs Gillespie/Akhtar as back up to McGrath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Pietersen's already done enough in 12 months to outdo all Lara has done from 2000-present?
    I adopted a strict "no one to be selected twice" policy, and Lara is already in the 1990s team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    Did Clyde Walcott ever open the batting?, if he did was has record that good to be placed ahead of arguably Australia best ever opener Arthur Morris?
    Arthur Morris is indeed one of the most highly rated Australian openers of all time, but this reputation is primarily based on world class performances during the first few years of his career in the 1940s. He never averaged over 45 in any series during the 1950s, as bowlers like Alec Bedser exploited a previously undiscovered weakness against inswing. You are right in suggesting that Clyde Walcott hardly opened but he was just so prolific during the 1950s (with 13 hundreds in 33 matches and an average over 61) that only lunacy could deny him a place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    Also i would have gone for Engineer ahead of Parks ahead during the 60's even though Parks was probably the better glovesman, Engineer the better bat. After all he did play for the World XI vs England in the late 60's.
    I might give you that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    Dont think Underwood could have been ranked a better spinner than Gibbs during the 60's, in the 70's well yes. .
    I think Gibbs was/is overrated. He only took ten wickets in a match twice during a long career, and his strike rate against both England and Australia, even in the 1960s, was well over 80.

    I prefer bowlers with a little more penetration, like Underwood, who averaged an unbelievable 16 in the 60s and given the right conditions could run through anyone, such as when he won the Ashes for England after destroying Australia at The Oval in 1968.

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