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    Best All Time Test XII

    Just because I like to stir up controversy...

    I'd like to hear what everyone thinks is their best all-time Test XII. Any player from any country who has played Test cricket can be named in your XII. You don't have to make assumptions about the pitch, location, weather, etc.

    For starters, here's my best XII:

    Sir Len Hutton (vc)
    William Ponsford
    Sir Walter Hammond
    Sir Don Bradman (c)
    Sir Viv Richards
    Graeme Pollock
    Sir Garry Sobers
    Keith Miller
    Rod Marsh+
    Sydney Barnes
    Curtly Ambrose
    Dennis Lillee (12th Man)

    Three of Wisden's best five of the last century are named, as are five players with knighthoods. Jack Hobbs and Shane Warne are the two from Wisden's who are missing.

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    I'd agree - probably not Marsh as keeper. I reckon Gilly might turn out as the best keeper/batsman ever, but at the moment I'd have Heals in there. Alec Stewart might get a sympathy vote from me too

    I'd have Walsh in there too. Shane Warne is just a fat prick - I hate him. I cannot understand why he gets picked in all these sides when truly great spinners are left out - Grimmet, O'Reilly.

    [Edited on 2/17/02 by sean]

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    This is a world XII out of a book I have so if you don't like it then don't blame me!

    1. Jack Hobbs
    2. Barry Richards
    3. Sir Viv Richards
    4. Sir Donald Bradman
    5. Sachin Tendulkar
    6. Sir Gary Sobers
    7. Ian Botham
    8. Alan Knott
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Dennis Lillee
    11. Sydney Barnes
    12. Sir Len Hutton

    REMEMBER I didn't pick this team, it was the book!

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    The great thing about this kinda stuff is that everyone has their own opinions. My team is based on the fact that I have only included players I have seen in my life (born in 1977).

    Greenidge
    Boon
    Richards
    Tendulkar
    Border
    S.Waugh
    Ian Botham
    Sir Richard Hadlee
    Ian Healy
    Malcolm Marshall
    Glenn McGrath
    Muttiah Muralitharan

    Greendige gets the nod ahead of Gooch due to the flip of a coin. David Boon, toughest bloke that played. Tendulkar is the best batsman in the world at present. Allan Border much like Steve Waugh would be batsman who you would have bat if your life depended on it. Botham and Hadlee need no introduction. Healy was the best keeper that ever played, Gilchrist might be a better bat but his keeping is dodgy. Malcolm Marshall was named by many as the toughest of the 80's Windies quicks to face. And depending on the track you can go whichever way you like with the last two. McGrath the best seamer in the last 10 years and Murali ahead of Warne (even though he chucks) because his record is awesome.
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    Got to say, that's a better team than mine.

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    Hey what about VIV?

    If I was chosing it I would choose:

    S. Gavaskar
    G. Greenidge
    D. Bradman
    S. Tendulkar
    I. Richards (viv)
    G. Sobers
    A. Gilchrist
    J. Laker
    W. Younis
    K. Dev
    G. McGrath
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    How come you've got Viv Richards so far down the order, he's an opening batsmen is he not?
    There's only one Darren Gough!

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    Well, the first test that I can remember would be the England-India series of 1991 where Gooch got his 333 so.. (this is players when they were at their peaks)

    1 Gordon Greenidge
    2 Mark Taylor
    3 Brian Lara
    4 Sachin Tendulkar
    5 Andy Flower (wkt)
    6 Steven Waugh (capt)
    7 Jacques Kallis
    8 Shane Warne
    9 Muttiah Muralitharan
    10 Courtney Walsh
    11 Curtly Ambrose
    12 Jonty Rhodes (he'll come on to field if he plays, and who can catch better?)
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    --Sir Len Hutton
    --Sunil Gavaskar
    --Sir Don Bradman
    --Sachin Tendulkar
    --Sir Viv Richards
    --Brian Lara
    --Adam Gilchrist
    --Kapil Dev
    --Shane Warne/M. Muralitharan
    --Wasim Akram
    --Sir Richard Hadlee
    --Jonty Rhodes (12th Man)

    [Edited on 3/21/02 by Sudeep Popat]
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    I never realised Wasim Akram was so popular in people's eyes. Hey Neil, how come you haven't got Sir Don Bradman, he was a living legend, a magician with a bat instead of a wand.

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    It was for my lifetime

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    Ok, sorry.

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    Maybe Allan Border in for Steven Waugh.

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    Jack Hobbs
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    Don Bradman (cpt)
    Graeme Pollock
    Walter Hammond
    Garry Sobers
    Adam Gilchrist (wk)
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    Malcolm Marshall
    Muttiah Muralitharan
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    Virender Sehwag
    Parthiv Patel (wk)
    Rahul Dravid
    Sachin Tendulkar
    VVS Laxman
    Saurav Ganguly (c)
    Yuvraj Singh
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    Donald Bradman (12th man)

    Just because I like to stir up controversy...

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