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    Rest of World XI

    Make a rest of world Test or ODI XI that you think would beat Australia (in Australia) over a five game test or odi series.

    Frankly, I don't think even this test side can beat them over a five game test series:
    1. Strauss
    2. Gibbs (assuming his form has returned)
    3. Dravid
    4. Yousuf
    5. Kallis
    6. Lara
    7. Sangakarra (+)
    8. Flintoff
    9. Ntini
    10. Asif
    11. Muralitharan


    My first order of business was to bat until eight. e.g: Please don't lose the match. And a bowling attack of Asif, Ntini, Flintoff, Kallis and Murali would be quite good as well. You can substitute Pieterson for maybe Kallis or Strauss considering he had a very good series against them just now.

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    1) Strauss
    2) Cook
    3) Dravid
    4) Yousuf
    5) Pietersen
    6) Sangakkara
    7) Flintoff
    8) Pollock
    9) Ntini
    10) Muralitharan
    11) Asif
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    If Strauss and Cook are the best openers in the rest of the world, cricket is in trouble TBH. And 4 Englishmen might be pushing it.

    Although I <3 Cook, and can't really fault any. A good case can be made for all of them. Kallis not making it is an absolute shocker for mine though. One of the few Saffies I actually like.

    I hate Gibbs, but when in form, he is better than either of the two you have though. And it looks as though his form is returning.

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    Graeme Smith
    Andrew Strauss
    Rahul Dravid
    Jacques Kallis
    Mohammed Yousuf
    Kumar Sangakkara
    Andrew Flintoff
    Shaun Pollock
    Makhaya Ntini
    Mohammed Asif
    Muttiah Muralitharan

    and One Day team

    Chris Gayle
    Upal Tharanga
    Rahul Dravid
    Kevin Pietersen
    Jacques Kallis
    MS Dhoni
    Andrew Flintoff
    Shaun Pollock
    Daniel Vettori
    Shane Bond
    Makhaya Ntini


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    Vettori? I'd take any number of Indian spinners, and not to mention a certain Sri Lankan over him. Also, don't know about Dhoni outside the subcontinent.
    Last edited by silentstriker; 06-02-2007 at 01:16 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Vetorri?
    Yeah,5th best one day bowler in the world.What's your point?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    Yeah,5th best one day bowler in the world.What's your point?
    Muralitharan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Vettori? I'd take any number of Indian spinners, and not to mention a certain Sri Lankan over him. Also, don't know about Dhoni outside the subcontinent.
    You usually go according to the rankings and Vettori is ahead of the "number of Indian spinners and a "certain Sri Lankan",this makes him the best spinner in one day cricket.Have you not been impressed by him through the CB series.And anyway,Harbhajan not in great form and Kumble hardly plays one day cricket which makes your point about "any number of Indian spinners"seems baffling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pup Clarke View Post
    You usually go according to the rankings and Vettori is ahead of the "number of Indian spinners and a "certain Sri Lankan",this makes him the best spinner in one day cricket.Have you not been impressed by him through the CB series.And anyway,Harbhajan not in great form and Kumble hardly plays one day cricket which makes your point about "any number of Indian spinners"seems baffling.
    Fair enough regarding Indian spinners. Regardless of his rating, Vettori is not a better ODI bowler than Muralitharan.

    Period.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Muralitharan.
    Look at the rankings mate,it really doesn't lie.Vettori is 5th and Murali 7th and Vettori is in good form at the moment.Do you realise that this is a one day team I am doing and so Murali won't just be a automatic selection in ROW X1's for the one day format unlike tests.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    . Also, don't know about Dhoni outside the subcontinent.
    Maybe, but the man has a very good one day record and is the best keeper-batsmen in one day cricket by quite a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    If Strauss and Cook are the best openers in the rest of the world, cricket is in trouble TBH. And 4 Englishmen might be pushing it.

    Although I <3 Cook, and can't really fault any. A good case can be made for all of them. Kallis not making it is an absolute shocker for mine though. One of the few Saffies I actually like.

    I hate Gibbs, but when in form, he is better than either of the two you have though. And it looks as though his form is returning.
    Well, I'd rather have Cook than Gibbs tbh. I'm very biased as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post

    Period.
    Mate,were taking about a ROW team now and not what Murali did before.At the moment Vettori IMO is the number one spinner in one day cricket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Well, I'd rather have Cook than Gibbs tbh. I'm very biased as well.
    I'd actually rather have Cook over Strauss, but unfortunately I have to agree he hasn't done enough yet.

    That kid is going to be a superstar long after Pietersen has been relegated to an average mid-forties middle order bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post

    That kid is going to be a superstar long after Pietersen has been relegated to an average mid-forties middle order bat.
    Why do you not rate Pietersen so highly and think he might be a good but not great player?

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