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    Senior and Junior 'A' Teams (yet another XI thread)

    Yesterday, the Prime Ministers XI was made of up and coming young players in Australia. You could argue that it was more or less an 'A' team. While the 'A' team has always been used to trial up and comers, most of the time they've had experienced FC cricketers who may have had a few international matches.


    So, who do you think would be in your countries two 'A' teams? One being full of up and comers, the other with players with little chance of being called up but have a superb FC record and at were one time in contention for a test or ODI spot.

    I'll start with a senior Australian 'A' team.

    1. M Elliot
    2. J Maher (c)
    3. G Blewett
    4. M Love
    5. D Lehmann
    6. B Hodge (?)
    7. B Haddin (wk)
    8. A Bichel
    9. M Nicholson
    10. S Harwood
    11. M Lewis

    12th: M Bevan

    Haddin in as the wicket keeper as the other Aussie teams have pretty young keepers now, and Ryan Campbell has retired...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender
    Yesterday, the Prime Ministers XI was made of up and coming young players in Australia. You could argue that it was more or less an 'A' team. While the 'A' team has always been used to trial up and comers, most of the time they've had experienced FC cricketers who may have had a few international matches.


    So, who do you think would be in your countries two 'A' teams? One being full of up and comers, the other with players with little chance of being called up but have a superb FC record and at were one time in contention for a test or ODI spot.

    I'll start with a senior Australian 'A' team.

    1. M Elliot
    2. J Maher (c)
    3. G Blewett
    4. M Love
    5. D Lehmann
    6. B Hodge (?)
    7. B Haddin (wk)
    8. A Bichel
    9. M Nicholson
    10. S Harwood
    11. M Lewis

    12th: M Bevan

    Haddin in as the wicket keeper as the other Aussie teams have pretty young keepers now, and Ryan Campbell has retired...
    Missy Elliott?

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    England senior A (a bit hard to pick players who have not been in the Test squad much, but as you have Lehmann in the Oz side, fair enough)

    MA Butcher
    MB Loye
    MR Ramprakash
    GA Hick
    JP Crawley
    *CJ Adams
    +LD Sutton
    MA Ealham
    G Chapple
    JD Lewry
    J Lewis

    12th Man: AD Brown (has a better FC record than Adams, but Adams gets in on captaincy, experience, form, and the fact he doesn't play half his games at a flat Lord's)

    England junior A:

    NRD Compton
    RS Bopara
    EC Joyce
    APR Gidman
    IJL Trott
    +SM Davies
    AGR Loudon
    R Clarke
    SCJ Broad
    LE Plunkett
    CT Tremlett

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender
    Yesterday, the Prime Ministers XI was made of up and coming young players in Australia. You could argue that it was more or less an 'A' team. While the 'A' team has always been used to trial up and comers, most of the time they've had experienced FC cricketers who may have had a few international matches.


    So, who do you think would be in your countries two 'A' teams? One being full of up and comers, the other with players with little chance of being called up but have a superb FC record and at were one time in contention for a test or ODI spot.

    I'll start with a senior Australian 'A' team.

    1. M Elliot
    2. J Maher (c)
    3. G Blewett
    4. M Love
    5. D Lehmann
    6. B Hodge (?)
    7. B Haddin (wk)
    8. A Bichel
    9. M Nicholson
    10. S Harwood
    11. M Lewis

    12th: M Bevan

    Haddin in as the wicket keeper as the other Aussie teams have pretty young keepers now, and Ryan Campbell has retired...
    Solid side. Maybe a Brad Hogg or something instead of Mick though, given that he's out of the test side calculations but has played there before. I'd also pick Bevan ahead of Love, as Love isn't playing for Queensland any more. There's also Jason Gillespie, who would have been in the PM's XI were it not for injury, but is certainly on the senior side of the Australia A calculations. I'd probably have him there instead of Nicholson.

    The "young" A side for Australia would be basically the PM's XI, though you could throw in either Johnson or Watson as they haven't really established themselves yet and were in the actual A side the last time it was picked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
    England senior A (a bit hard to pick players who have not been in the Test squad much, but as you have Lehmann in the Oz side, fair enough)

    MA Butcher
    MB Loye
    MR Ramprakash
    GA Hick
    JP Crawley
    *CJ Adams
    +LD Sutton
    MA Ealham
    G Chapple
    JD Lewry
    J Lewis

    12th Man: AD Brown (has a better FC record than Adams, but Adams gets in on captaincy, experience, form, and the fact he doesn't play half his games at a flat Lord's)
    Neither does Brown, but the Oval is just as flat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turbinator
    Missy Elliott?
    Who?

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    Quote Originally Posted by superkingdave
    Neither does Brown, but the Oval is just as flat.
    Meh. Confused Surrey and Middx' home grounds again.

    Adams >>>>> A McGrath, tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
    Adams >>>>> A McGrath, tho.
    Frog vs. wannabe frog. Hardly inspiring that these are the only two options.

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    over 2500 runs at 60 in the last 2 years disagrees, Adams was a better batsman in the past but Mcgrath is better now, plus his dibbly dobblers come in handy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
    England junior A:

    NRD Compton
    RS Bopara
    EC Joyce
    APR Gidman
    IJL Trott
    +SM Davies
    AGR Loudon
    R Clarke
    SCJ Broad
    LE Plunkett
    CT Tremlett
    Just noticed him. Wouldn't call 28 "junior"

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    Quote Originally Posted by steds
    Just noticed him. Wouldn't call 28 "junior"
    I suppose he still just about borders on 'junior' when it is based on experience. He's only really come through the ranks in the last three or four years.

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    So where would someone like Gautam Gambhir fall? He's been there for a long time, but he's only 26 and still a contender. Very experienced though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adharcric
    So where would someone like Gautam Gambhir fall? He's been there for a long time, but he's only 26 and still a contender. Very experienced though.
    I think the distinction implied by the thread starter is "breaking in" vs "breaking out". So Gambhir would be in the junior team.

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