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    Battle of the Australians

    Well the battle of the Englishmen is over i guess we could do one for the Australians now. Here is a list of 32 players i have chosen:

    1. Monty Noble
    2. Frederick Spofforth
    3. Victor Trumper
    4. Sir Donald Bradman
    5. Bill O'Reilly
    6. Clarrie Grimmett
    7. Stan McCabe
    8. Arthur Morris
    9. Ray Lindwall
    10. Keith Miller
    11. Allan Davidson
    12. Jack Gregory
    13. Richie Benaud
    14. Bobby Simpson
    15. Lindsay Hassett
    16. Garth McKenzie
    17. Greg Chappell
    18. Ashley Mallett
    19. Rodney Marsh
    20. Doug Walters
    21. Neil Harvey
    22. Dennis Lillee
    23. Jeff Thompson
    24. Craig McDermott
    25. Allan Border
    26. Steve Waugh
    27. Ian Healy
    28. Shane Warne
    29. Glenn McGrath
    30. Ricky Ponting
    31. Adam Gilchrist
    32. Matthew Hayden

    Not sure how to get these pics big like how brumby did with the Battle of the Englishmen but if anyone else feels like doing it here, be my guest..

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    Only 32? Surely there could be more.
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    If you can compile the final list of players, I can post pictures and stats and even run the battle if you want.
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    It's kind of pointless doing a battle of the Australians anyway, because everyone's just going to vote for Bradman whoever he comes up against. Maybe if you did a battle to find the 2nd best Australian it would be more interesting.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    It's kind of pointless doing a battle of the Australians anyway, because everyone's just going to vote for Bradman whoever he comes up against. Maybe if you did a battle to find the 2nd best Australian it would be more interesting.
    Yeah that's a good point. Barr an upset, Bradman would win the whole thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Wright
    It's kind of pointless doing a battle of the Australians anyway, because everyone's just going to vote for Bradman whoever he comes up against. Maybe if you did a battle to find the 2nd best Australian it would be more interesting.
    yea that would probably work better to battle for the 2nd best Australian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie
    yea that would probably work better to battle for the 2nd best Australian.
    Who replaces Bradman so you can keep it a battle of 32?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10
    If you can compile the final list of players, I can post pictures and stats and even run the battle if you want.
    Good well to add to the 32 i already posted i'll make it 50 so:

    33. Mark Waugh
    34. Justin Langer
    35. Bill Ponsford
    36. Colin McDonald
    37. Bert Oldfield
    38. John Blackman
    39. Jason Gillespie
    40. Norman O'Neil
    41. Brett Lee
    42. Mark Taylor
    43. Bill Lawry
    44. Bill Woodfull
    45. Warwick Armstrong
    46. Hugh Trumble
    47. Clem Hill
    48. Bob Cowper
    49. Bill Johnston
    50. Ian Johnson

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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10
    Who replaces Bradman so you can keep it a battle of 32?
    Ian Chappel ?? Mark Taylor ??

    EDIT: Taylor was just listed...so how about Chappel ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nightprowler10
    Who replaces Bradman so you can keep it a battle of 32?
    Well i added 18 more, if you take out Bradman its 49, so you can add either Ian Chappell or Stuart MacGill.

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    Right then. Here's the list of top 50. I'll wait a few hours before starting, any objections please make your case. I will pick players at random and put them up against each other.

    1. Monty Noble
    2. Frederick Spofforth
    3. Victor Trumper
    4. Ian Chappell
    5. Bill O'Reilly
    6. Clarrie Grimmett
    7. Stan McCabe
    8. Arthur Morris
    9. Ray Lindwall
    10. Keith Miller
    11. Allan Davidson
    12. Jack Gregory
    13. Richie Benaud
    14. Bobby Simpson
    15. Lindsay Hassett
    16. Garth McKenzie
    17. Greg Chappell
    18. Ashley Mallett
    19. Rodney Marsh
    20. Doug Walters
    21. Neil Harvey
    22. Dennis Lillee
    23. Jeff Thompson
    24. Craig McDermott
    25. Allan Border
    26. Steve Waugh
    27. Ian Healy
    28. Shane Warne
    29. Glenn McGrath
    30. Ricky Ponting
    31. Adam Gilchrist
    32. Matthew Hayden
    33. Mark Waugh
    34. Justin Langer
    35. Bill Ponsford
    36. Colin McDonald
    37. Bert Oldfield
    38. John Blackman
    39. Jason Gillespie
    40. Norman O'Neil
    41. Brett Lee
    42. Mark Taylor
    43. Bill Lawry
    44. Bill Woodfull
    45. Warwick Armstrong
    46. Hugh Trumble
    47. Clem Hill
    48. Bob Cowper
    49. Bill Johnston
    50. Ian Johnson
    Last edited by nightprowler10; 14-09-2006 at 11:00 PM.

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    I reckon Stuart MacGill has to be in Australia's top 50 players ever. Not sure who to leave out though.

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    I figure this is kinda obvious, but 50 doesn't work in a bracket system.

    Oh, and MacGill hasn't played enough Test cricket to be considered for top 50 IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713
    I figure this is kinda obvious, but 50 doesn't work in a bracket system.

    Oh, and MacGill hasn't played enough Test cricket to be considered for top 50 IMHO.
    Say what. Not sure on the exact figure, but he'd be close to 50 tests now, and he was the fastest spinner to 100 wickets I think and has the best s/r of all Australian leg spinners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713
    I figure this is kinda obvious, but 50 doesn't work in a bracket system.
    err...yeah. I say we stick with the original 32 barr Bradman.

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