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    Greatest Aussie Test XI of past 15 years

    What according to you is the Greatest Aussie Test XI of past 15 years?

    The criterias are:

    1. The XI must have played at least 4 tests together as a unit.
    2. Strengths of players are more to do with their ability around the period. So a Hayden in a 90s Australia team would probably make it weaker while a Hayden in the 2000's Australia team would probably make it stronger.

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    I would have probably picked one from 1996-99 which had McGrath, Warne plus Gillespie bowling so well outdoing even McGrath a lot of the times. However, that team didn't do too well in India in the one off test in '96 or the series in 98-99. So would have to go for a later team maybe. Not sure..
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    Sorry, too much effort involved in making sure they have all played at least 4 tests together

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    Sorry, too much effort involved in making sure they have all played at least 4 tests together
    Ditto, I'd rather not put that much effort into a post.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloucefan View Post
    Ditto, I'd rather not put that much effort into a post.
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    M Hayden
    M Slater
    J Langer
    M Waugh
    S Waugh
    R Ponting
    A Gilchirst
    S Warne
    J Gillespie
    D Fleming
    G McGarth

    I reckon they played four together
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
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    It's not really cruel, it's probably true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gloucefan View Post
    It's not really cruel, it's probably true.
    Good on ya. I usually can't be assed spending too much time on long posts either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
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    He probably knows I'm jokinh, I just cbf'ed putting a smiley in there.

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    I''ve always said that we peaked in Jo'burg in 2002 when we crushed SA by an innings and 800 runs. I loved that team. Yes. Loved.

    Langer
    Hayden
    Ponting
    MWaugh
    SWaugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lee
    Gillespie
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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    I''ve always said that we peaked in Jo'burg in 2002 when we crushed SA by an innings and 800 runs. I loved that team. Yes. Loved.

    Langer
    Hayden
    Ponting
    MWaugh
    SWaugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lee
    Gillespie
    Macca.
    Brilliant team..

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    I''ve always said that we peaked in Jo'burg in 2002 when we crushed SA by an innings and 800 runs. I loved that team. Yes. Loved.

    Langer
    Hayden
    Ponting
    MWaugh
    SWaugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lee
    Gillespie
    Macca.
    Went for the other team on the basic of Fleming > Lee. But i guess when you factor in the Langer/Hayden partnership and Slater vs Martyn, thats sides better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    I''ve always said that we peaked in Jo'burg in 2002 when we crushed SA by an innings and 800 runs. I loved that team. Yes. Loved.

    Langer
    Hayden
    Ponting
    MWaugh
    SWaugh
    Martyn
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lee
    Gillespie
    Macca.
    Quote Originally Posted by Pratyush View Post
    Brilliant team..
    Looks good, doesn't it? Actually, however, Gillespie was in a year-long rut at that point, Mark Waugh was finished by then, Stephen Waugh was no longer the force of old, and Lee, as we know, was absolutely rubbish around those times.

    It's a very, very complicated question. There's no doubt at all that the batting peaked around 1993...
    Taylor
    Slater
    Boon
    Mark Waugh
    Border
    Stephen Waugh
    Healy

    But the bowling in those days wasn't as powerful... Warne, McDermott (when he was off the operating table), Reiffel (when he was off the operating table) and the transition was just happening between Merv Hughes (who was finished by then) and McGrath (who was poor for his first 10 Tests or so).

    The best bowling-attack, pretty well beyond question, was in either 1999\2000 or very briefly in 2004: McGrath and Warne were ever-present, and Lee in 1999\2000 was either very, very good or having beginner's luck; Kasprowicz in 2004, of course, was on an inspired return. Gillespie was there and in top form in 2004, while Fleming was in his very short spell as an established player in 1999\2000.

    All-in-all, the best team was probably that of 1999\2000 - perhaps not concidentally the one that won 16 in a row:
    Slater
    Blewett
    Langer
    Mark Waugh
    Stephen Waugh
    Ponting
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lee
    Fleming
    McGrath
    There's just one weak-link there, Blewett at the top of the order, and just one (Lee) who will (probably) not go down as an excellent player.

    Like with the West Indians of 1976-1986, however, there was no one point when the team unquestionably peaked, nor one where there was no weak-link.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fiery View Post
    Sorry, too much effort involved in making sure they have all played at least 4 tests together
    I thought the same, could get very tedious.
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