View Poll Results: Should anyone below replace someone in the 1966-85 XI

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  • Barry Richards

    9 42.86%
  • Mike Procter

    2 9.52%
  • Clive Rice

    0 0%
  • No, Team selected is a solid pick

    2 9.52%
  • Not sure as there's too much speculation

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Thread: South Africans vs 1966-85 XI

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    South Africans vs 1966-85 XI

    The final question on the 1966-85 World XI is should any of the following South Africans restricted from playing Test Cricket have made the XI in your opinion. If so, please state who they would replace and why (or why not)?

    Barry Richards
    Tests: 4 Games, 508 runs @ 72.57 (2/2)
    FC: 339 Matches, 28,358 runs @ 54.74 (80 centuries)

    Mike Procter
    Tests: 7 Games, 226 runs @ 25.11 (0/0); 41 wkts @ 15.02, SR 36.92
    FC: 401 Matches, 21,936 runs @ 36.01 (48 centuries); 1417 wkts @ 19.53, SR 46.2

    Clive Rice
    FC: 482 Matches, 26,331 runs @ 40.95 (48 centuries); 930 wkts @ 22.49, SR 52.3

    Note: Graeme Pollock, Peter Pollock and Eddie Barlow are not included as they are 1946-65 World XI nominees.

    CW 1966-85 World Test XI

    1. Sunil Gavaskar (50.67)
    2. Gordon Greenidge (49.14)
    3. Viv Richards (54.02)
    4. Greg Chappell * (53.86)
    5. Gary Sobers (59.10) (bowl: 32.62)
    6. Ian Botham (36.13) (bowl: 26.37)
    7. Alan Knott + (32.75)
    8. Richard Hadlee (24.98) (bowl: 22.54)
    9. Malcom Marshall (17.77) (bowl: 22.11)
    10. Dennis Lillee (13.71) (bowl: 23.92)
    11. Derek Underwood (11.56) (bowl: 25.83)

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    Nope, its all guesswork. Could Barry Richards have made it if he had played tests? Yea, probably. But he didn't so you can't guess it. There are plenty of people who have outstanding FC records but fall apart at the test level.

    You never know which ones those will be, so you can't justify them in an all time side.
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    I have placed this poll as promised during the "should they or shouldn't they be considered" discussion at the start of the selection process, however IMO using FC records to decide if people would have been great Test players is flawed.

    However, this is not so simple as these 3 succeeded at every opportunity given and their FC records are extremely impressive. In addition, they also did well during the Packer WSC as follows:

    Barry Richards: 5 Games, 554 @ 79.14

    Mike Procter: 4 Games, 182 runs @ 30.33; 14 wkts @ 16.07

    Clive Rice: 3 Games, 151 runs @ 30.20; 7 wkts @ 24.14

    Having said all that, I'm afraid I can't place the potential of Barry Richards over the proven records of Viv Richards, Chappell & Sobers and I can't pick Procter & Rice over Botham or Hadlee (or Sobers).

    Shame we didn't get the opportunity to see more of their talents
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    Mike Procter in for Dennis Lillee is the only one I could think of, but I doubt anyone would agree with me.


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    "Dravid", who would you drop to fit Barry Richards in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aussie tragic
    I'm afraid I can't place the potential of Barry Richards over the proven records of Viv Richards, Chappell & Sobers
    Especially considering that Chapell, Richards and Sobers are three of the best batsmen of all time. All three would probably be in the top six all time.

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    Barry Richards ahead of CGG. They played together for an eternity and Barry was always considered the better player. Barry Richards is possibly the best opener to have walked on the face of the earth (possibly only, its still open for discussion). However, he is generally regarded as a superior player to Greenidge.

    There are few that saw both that would take Greenidge over Richards.
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    yea i'd go Richards over Greenidge as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy
    Barry Richards ahead of CGG. They played together for an eternity and Barry was always considered the better player. Barry Richards is possibly the best opener to have walked on the face of the earth (possibly only, its still open for discussion). However, he is generally regarded as a superior player to Greenidge.

    There are few that saw both that would take Greenidge over Richards.
    His FC average is great, but not exceptional. A lot of people have FC averages a lot higher. He has a good amount of centuries, but again not exceptional considering the number of FC games played.

    Could he have averaged 45+ in test cricket? Yea, I think so. But I just have to extrapolate his FC record, and kind of go by what people tell me (and his FC record is awesome, but not all time exceptional).
    Last edited by silentstriker; 14-11-2006 at 12:32 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    His FC average is great, but not exceptional. A lot of people have FC averages a lot higher. Since I wasn't alive when Barry Richards was playing, I can't really say that.

    People get carried away with Averages and strike rates and so on. The only real factors are technique, footwork, timing and so on. They judge on how good the batsman is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    People get carried away with Averages and strike rates and so on. The only real factors are technique, footwork, timing and so on. They judge on how good the batsman is.
    By that definition, Tendulkar is the best batsman of all time and Bradman is mediocre, and Lara stinks.

    Your criteria is good, but only if it produces runs.

    And as for Greenidge, if people who saw both of them say they would take Richards over Greenidge, thats fair enough and they could very well be right...but judging as an outsider who was not alive to see either of them play, I just can't take a test player and judge him to be an inferior player to an FC player.

    No matter what. I don't know how he would have done at the Test level over a decade or more. No one does. You can guess, but you don't know.
    Last edited by silentstriker; 14-11-2006 at 12:36 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shortpitched713
    Mike Procter in for Dennis Lillee is the only one I could think of, but I doubt anyone would agree with me.
    Agreed, and agreed with Richards over Greenidge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    Only if it produces runs.

    And as for Greenidge, if people who saw both of them say they would take Richards over Greenidge, thats fair enough and they could very well be right...but judging as an outsider who was not alive to see either of them play, I just can't take a test player and judge him to be an inferior player to an FC player.

    No matter what.
    From what I’ve read and Richards has acknowledged this himself that he sometimes found cricket too easier and slightly tedious but giving a challenge he would always rise to the top. Evident in what he achieved in World Series Cricket in 1977.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    By that definition, Tendulkar is the best batsman of all time and Bradman is mediocre, and Lara stinks.

    Your criteria is good, but only if it produces runs.

    And as for Greenidge, if people who saw both of them say they would take Richards over Greenidge, thats fair enough and they could very well be right...but judging as an outsider who was not alive to see either of them play, I just can't take a test player and judge him to be an inferior player to an FC player.

    No matter what. I don't know how he would have done at the Test level over a decade or more. No one does. You can guess, but you don't know.
    I agree that runs are the most important outcome of having good footwork etc, but I was just saying that people get caught up in stats too much. A player like Stan McCabe for instance, was reagrded by many people, to have more talent than Bradman, but just not the application of others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire
    I agree that runs are the most important outcome of having good footwork etc, but I was just saying that people get caught up in stats too much. A player like Stan McCabe for instance, was reagrded by many people, to have more talent than Bradman, but just not the application of others.
    Right, I understand that. But I think if you have sloppy footwork but somehow manage to score in all conditions anyway, why should that be held against you?

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