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    Your choice– best playing XI from a match

    While there are so many 'ideal' selections by fans for their (or any) team, there have often been real selections which looked good (or ideal), and more importantly, worked. What is your choice, for the best playing XI from a match, for any team?

    For South Africa, this team for a Test series against the Kiwis in NZ in the late 90's looked good:
    • Kirsten
    • Gibbs
    • Kallis (RMF)
    • Cullinan
    • Cronje (C)
    • Rhodes
    • Klusener (RFM)
    • Pollock (RFM)
    • Boucher (WK)
    • Adams (SLA)
    • Donald (RF)
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    Boucher at 9 shows a long batting line-up but could you not find a team without Adams?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    While there are so many 'ideal' selections by fans for their (or any) team, there have often been real selections which looked good (or ideal), and more importantly, worked. What is your choice, for the best playing XI from a match, for any team?

    For South Africa, this team for a Test series against the Kiwis in NZ in the late 90's looked good:
    • Kirsten
    • Gibbs
    • Kallis (RMF)
    • Cullinan
    • Cronje (C)
    • Rhodes
    • Klusener (RFM)
    • Pollock (RFM)
    • Boucher (WK)
    • Adams (SLA)
    • Donald (RF)

    India v West Indies (first two test matches) XI:

    Sehwag
    Gayle
    Dravid
    Lara
    Chanderpaul/Sarwan/Yuvraj (can't decide!)
    Bravo
    Dhoni (+)
    Kumble
    Collins
    Edwards
    Colleymore


    Dravid or Lara can be captain, I'm not sure which. I'm suprised by seven WI and four Indians (assuming Sarwan/Chander play). I thought there'd be more Indians in the match.

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    Here's another combination. Pakistan had just the right team, but they blew it against England in Cape Town in the 2003 World Cup. Chasing 246, they were all out for 134.
    • Saeed Anwar
    • Shahid Afridi (LBG)
    • Inzamam
    • Yousuf Youhana
    • Younis Khan
    • Abdul Razzaq (RMF)
    • Rashid Latif (WK)
    • Wasim Akram (LF)
    • Saqlain (OB)
    • Waqar Younis (RF)
    • Shoaib Akhtar (guess?)


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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    India v West Indies (first two test matches) XI:

    Sehwag
    Gayle
    Dravid
    Lara
    Chanderpaul/Sarwan/Yuvraj (can't decide!)
    Bravo
    Dhoni (+)
    Kumble
    Collins
    Edwards
    Colleymore


    Dravid or Lara can be captain, I'm not sure which. I'm suprised by seven WI and four Indians (assuming Sarwan/Chander play). I thought there'd be more Indians in the match.
    Good try, but we're looking at combinations that actually played, for any team.
    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    could you not find a team without Adams?
    Adams was a freak bowler, and better than Boje, having bowled better against India. I was looking for teams with Klusener, Pollock, Kallis and Donald, but countless times Adam Bacher appeared in the XI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    Good try, but we're looking at combinations that actually played, for any team.Adams was a freak bowler, and better than Boje, having bowled better against India. I was looking for teams with Klusener, Pollock, Kallis and Donald, but countless times Adam Bacher appeared in the XI.
    Well Ive just been trying to do the SA side I think I may agree with your selection. Bacher seems to feature far too often and the team you chose also destroyed England by an Innings and some at Jo'burg in 99.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arjun
    Good try, but we're looking at combinations that actually played, for any team.

    When I saw this thread, the first thing that came to mind was an XI made up from the players of both teams in the match. Perhaps we can do that as well? Like, classic matches etc...
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    I think I win the Internets on this one.

    BA Richards
    EJ Barlow
    RB Kanhai
    RG Pollock
    CH Lloyd
    *GS Sobers
    +FM Engineer
    Intikhab Alam
    MJ Procter
    GD McKenzie
    LR Gibbs

    I saw the above side play.
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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    I think I win the Internets on this one.

    BA Richards
    EJ Barlow
    RB Kanhai
    RG Pollock
    CH Lloyd
    *GS Sobers
    +FM Engineer
    Intikhab Alam
    MJ Procter
    GD McKenzie
    LR Gibbs

    I saw the above side play.
    ROW in 1970? It's a spectacularly good lineup and, unlike the socalled supertests last year, this XI actually showed up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid
    ROW in 1970? It's a spectacularly good lineup and, unlike the socalled supertests last year, this XI actually showed up.
    Indeed.

    It was the line-up for the first test, I think.

    Later, Deryck Murray took the gloves and Peter Pollock came in to replace Garth, but any one of the line-ups would probably constitute the best side to play cricket in my lifetime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    Indeed.

    It was the line-up for the first test, I think.

    Later, Deryck Murray took the gloves and Peter Pollock came in to replace Garth, but any one of the line-ups would probably constitute the best side to play cricket in my lifetime.
    How good was McKenzie? I've always rated him a class below the generation that emerged in the 70's, but I don't really know a lot about him tbh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid
    How good was McKenzie? I've always rated him a class below the generation that emerged in the 70's, but I don't really know a lot about him tbh.
    I suspect your appraisal wasn't far off the mark - he was the veritable Curate's Egg - good in parts.

    Once bowled a 23 ball over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    I suspect your appraisal wasn't far off the mark - he was the veritable Curate's Egg - good in parts.

    Once bowled a 23 ball over.

    He should be an Indian!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    He should be an Indian!
    No.

    He was fast.

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    Quote Originally Posted by luckyeddie
    No.

    He was fast.

    Touche.

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