View Poll Results: Pick two opening batsmen for the 1946-65 World Test XI

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  • Eddie Barlow

    5 14.71%
  • Colin Cowdrey

    0 0%
  • Conrad Hunte

    5 14.71%
  • Len Hutton

    31 91.18%
  • Bill Lawry

    4 11.76%
  • Jackie McGlew

    0 0%
  • Hanif Mohammad

    7 20.59%
  • Arthur Morris

    7 20.59%
  • Geoff Pullar

    0 0%
  • Bob Simpson

    7 20.59%
  • Jeffrey Stollmeyer

    0 0%
  • Bert Sutcliffe

    2 5.88%
  • Cyril Washbrook

    0 0%
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Thread: Pick Two Opening Batsmen for the 1946-65 World Test XI

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    Pick Two Opening Batsmen for the 1946-65 World Test XI

    This is a 4-day poll to select the two Openers for the 1946-65 World Test XI

    Eddie Barlow (SA): 21 tests, 1970 runs @ 50.51 (4/13) HS 201 ----- (as Opener: 1894 @ 49.84) ----- 14 wkts @ 55.78
    Colin Cowdrey (Eng): 79 tests, 5590 runs @ 47.37 (17/28) HS 182 ----- (1438 @ 46.38)
    Conrad Hunte (WI): 36 tests, 2743 runs @ 46.49 (6/13) HS 260 ----- (2743 @ 46.49)
    Len Hutton (Eng): 66 tests, 5626 runs @ 54.62 (14/30) HS 206 ----- (5376 @ 54.30)
    Bill Lawry (Aus): 31 tests, 2450 runs @ 48.03 (6/13) HS 210 ----- (2450 @ 48.03)
    Jackie McGlew (SA): 34 tests, 2440 runs @ 42.06 (7/10) HS 255* ----- (2316 @ 44.53)
    Hanif Mohammad (Pak): 48 tests, 3584 runs @ 44.80 (11/15) HS 337 ----- (2578 @ 42.96)
    Arthur Morris (Aus): 46 tests, 3533 runs @ 46.48 (12/12) HS 206 ----- (3381 @ 45.68)
    Geoff Pullar (Eng): 28 tests, 1974 runs @ 43.86 (4/12) HS 175 ----- (1973 @ 43.84)
    Bob Simpson (Aus): 41 tests, 2999 runs @ 45.43 (4/19) HS 311 ----- (2599 @ 52.22) ----- 37 wkts @ 47.21
    Jeffrey Stollmeyer (WI): 29 tests, 2026 runs @ 44.04 (4/10) HS 160 ----- (2006 @ 43.60) ----- 13 wkts @ 39.00
    Bert Sutcliffe (NZ): 42 tests, 2727 runs @ 40.10 (5/15) HS 230* ----- (1763 @ 45.20)
    Cyril Washbrook (Eng): 36 tests, 2552 runs @ 43.25 (6/12) HS 195 ----- (2448 @ 43.71)
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    Hutton and Morris.
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    I'm going to go with Hutton and Morris.
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    Hutton is an automatic pick, the second opener is harder to choose. I went for Hunte.


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    As much as I'd love to vote for the NZ legend that is Bert Sutcliffe, I went for Hutton and Barlow.

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    Hutton was easy and I went for Morris due to his high century conversion rate (i.e. he has 12 hundreds and 12 fifties in only 46 tests)

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    Vijay Merchant has an average of 154 as an opener during the period.


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    I went Hutton and Barlow.

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    I don't think I'll be accused of bias by saying Hutton is a cert. Close between the three Aussies for his partner but I chose his opposite number in the Aussie team - Morris.
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    Hutton and Simpson. Morris fell off too sharply in the second half of his career. Simpson was a quality player into his 40s, and would contribute as a lethal 1st slipper and bits and pieces bowlers as well. Len is an automatic selection I'd have thought.
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    Len Hutton & Bob Simpson

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    Hutton and Merchant.
    Since this list is clearly missing the second-best opener of this era ... Hutton and Barlow.

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    Where is Vijay Merchant?
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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    Where is Vijay Merchant?
    I don't think he played enough tests to qualify. In the same boat as Barry Richards was in the last battle. And I argued against his inclusion, so even though my Indian bias says he should be in, I'll be consistent and say he shouldn't because he didn't play.

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    First of all, he played 10 tests which isn't as poor as it sounds. By the standards of those days, that's like playing 25 tests in today's times. Furthermore, it's not like he wasn't good enough to make the test side and thus didn't play many tests. He didn't just do it in India either; he did well in tours of England as well.

    He averaged 48 in his 10 tests which clearly shows that he was "test-class".
    Fair enough, if this is a Test XI maybe he shouldn't be in ... but if it's a cricket XI (no, I'm not referring to ODIs) he definitely should be partnering Hutton at the top.
    Last edited by adharcric; 17-11-2006 at 01:37 PM.

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