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    World XI - with a difference

    We often have plenty of XIs selected on here. The one I'm about to suggest has probably been done before, but what the hell?

    My idea was that we could pick a World XI with one player from each test side, you can pick two players from one team, and there, we have eleven. Now picking the best player from each side wouldn't be too hard, but I'd imagine it might be a little difficult to get the balance of a side right just doing that.

    What do we think then?

    I'll post back with mine in a little while.
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    1. Ponting
    2. Sangakarra (+)
    3. Dravid
    4. Lara
    5. Kallis
    6. Yousuf
    7. Flintoff *
    8. Kumble
    9. Ntini
    10. Bond
    11. McGrath


    No players from Bangla and ZImbabwe, because there are no real test quality players from those, and I don't consider them 'test' sides anyway. So I have India, South Africa, and Australia providing two players each. Yes, Ponting will open because I can't leave him out of this side and the two players per side maximum means very few openers.
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    There's only nine Test sides, though, Zimbabwe have temporarily rescinded their Test status.

    Strauss
    Sehwag
    Lara
    Kallis
    Ponting
    Inzamam
    +McCullum
    McGrath
    Muralitharan
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    Long tail, mainly for the amusement of having an M bowling attack. (Here's a thought: XIs with surnames starting with the same name...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
    There's only nine Test sides, though, Zimbabwe have temporarily rescinded their Test status.

    Strauss
    Sehwag
    Lara
    Kallis
    Ponting
    Inzamam
    +McCullum
    McGrath
    Muralitharan
    Mortaza
    Mahwire

    Long tail, mainly for the amusement of having an M bowling attack. (Here's a thought: XIs with surnames starting with the same name...)
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    Actually, my side might be close to a world XI without any restrictions (I would get rid of Kumble for Murali or Warne, maybe bring Lee in) but other than that.....

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    You two are spoilsports. ZImbabwe are still in the Test rankings

    I'm still working on mine. Started by just picking a world XI and working it from there. It's harder than I thought!

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    All-time XI (with a difference)

    1. Gavaskar (Ind)
    2. Hutton (Eng)
    3. Bradman* (Aus)
    4. Pollock (SA)
    5. Miandad (Pak)
    6. Sobers (WI)
    7. Flower+ (Zim)
    8. Hadlee (NZ)
    9. Marshall (WI)
    10. Rafique (Ban)
    11. Muralitharan (SL)

    12. Miller (Aus)

    I’ve done what you asked, however I’d like permission to sub my Bangladesh player for my 12th man please

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    Gayle (WI)
    Sehwag (Ind)
    Ponting * (Aust)
    Yousuf (Pak)
    Kallis (RSA)
    Flintoff (Eng)
    Flower A.+ (if we're counting Zim then we're going to assume his career wasn't wrecked by politics)
    Mohammad Rafique (Bang)
    Bond (NZ)
    Murali (SL)
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    All time:
    Hobbs (Eng)
    Gavaskar (Ind)
    Bradman (Aus)
    Pollock (RSA)
    Sobers (WI)
    Flower A. (Zim)
    Imran (Pak)
    Hadlee (NZ)
    Marshall (WI)
    Rafique (Bang)
    Murali (SL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79
    All time:
    Hobbs (Eng)
    Gavaskar (Ind)
    Bradman (Aus)
    Pollock (RSA)
    Sobers (WI)
    Flower A. (Zim)
    Imran (Pak)
    Hadlee (NZ)
    Marshall (WI)
    Rafique (Bang)
    Murali (SL)
    I just threw up a little bit the mouth when I saw Rafique in the side with the rest of those.

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    What can you do though? Drop Pollock for Habibul Bashar or Gavaskar for Nafees?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker
    I just threw up a little bit the mouth when I saw Rafique in the side with the rest of those.
    That was supposed to be the fun of it though - deciding which player to leave out for the Bangladeshi!

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    Current: (If I had to pick XI to play tomorrow)

    Nafees
    Fleming
    Ponting (C)
    Lara
    Yousuf
    Flintoff
    Taylor (wk)
    Kumble
    Ntini
    Muralitharan
    McGrath
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    The last test Zimbabwe played included Taibu, so I assume he's available. If not, replace him with whichever hack is keeping for Zimbabwe these days. Not sure if Asif counts either, so it can be either he or Gul.

    Hayden (AUS)
    Nafees (BAN)
    Dravid (IND)
    Ponting (AUS) (c)
    Lara (WI)
    Kallis (SAF)
    Flintoff (ENG)
    Taibu (ZIM) (k)
    Asif/Gul (PAK)
    Bond (NZL)
    Muralitharan (SRI)

    The three bowlers plus Flintoff and Kallis should be alright. Flintoff is in the top 3 or so seamers in the world anyway, so his batting is just a bonus. The unluckiest player to miss out is probably Ntini or Warne. Yousuf too.
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    McGrath not a smidge unlucky?

    If we`re going current, there`d be no Taibu and Gul, and Bond isn`t in top form at all.

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