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    The Class of the Year .....

    Here is a list with a change.

    These are five teams of players in which all the players in each team made their test debut in the same calendar year. It was easier to do this excercise for recent years with more test teams and therefore more debutants per year and very difficult for the early years. Still I have managed to pick two sides from the 40's. one from the fifties, one from the seventies and one from the nineties.

    From 1990 onwards one can pick a side with ease for almost every year but these are my five favourite sides in terms of class and overall balance. Here they are in batting order


    The Class of 1946
    1. Vinoo Mankad (LAS)
    2. Arthur Morris
    3. Rusi Modi
    4. Vijay Hazare (RAMP)
    5. Keith Miller (RAF)
    6. Colin McCool (LALS)
    7. Ray Lindwall (RAF)
    8. Godfrey Evans (k)
    9. Ian Johnson (RAOS)
    10. Ernie Toshack (LAM)
    11. Alec Bedser (RAMP)


    The Class of 1948
    1. Frank Worrell (RALS)
    2. Alan Rae
    3. Neil Harvey
    4. Everton Weekes
    5. Clyde Walcott (k)
    6. Polly Umrigar (RAMP)
    7. Denis Atkinsen (RAMP)
    8. John Goddard (RAMP)
    9. Jim Laker (RAOS)
    10. Johnny Wardle (RALS)
    11. McCarthy (RAP)


    The Class of 1958
    1. Subba Row
    2. Hunte
    3. Ted Dexter (RAMP)
    4. O'niell
    5. Butcher
    6. Saeed Ahmed
    7. Chandu Borde (RALS)
    8. Illingworth (RAOS)
    9. Eric Atkinson (RAFM)
    10. Wes Hall (RAF)
    11. Lance Gibbs (RAOS)


    The Class of 1978
    1. Desmond Haynes
    2. John Wright
    3. David Gower
    4. Alan Border
    5. Mike Gatting
    6. Graeme Wood
    7. Kapil Dev (RAFM)
    8. David Murray (K)
    9. Malcolm Marshall (RAF)
    10. Bruce Yardley (RAOS)
    11. Rodney Hogg (RAP)


    The Class of 1992
    1. Aamir Sohail
    2. Andy Flower (k)
    3. Damien Martyn
    4. Inzemam
    5. Jimmy Adams
    6. Hansie Cronje (k)
    7. Brian McMillan (RAMP)
    8. Shane Warne (RALS)
    9. Paul Reiffell (RAMP)
    10. Alan Donald (RAF)
    11. Muralitharan (RAOS)


    The 1946 side has a very deep batting line up but the all rounders start early. This gives them the most powerful bowling line up of the five with Lindwall and Miller to bowl truly fast, Bedser one of the three greatest medium pacers of all time, a fantastic left arm spinner in Vinoo Mankad with Toshack for company, a superb right arm leg spinner in McCool and a fine off spinner in Johnson. Add to that Hazare and McCool's more than modest bowling skills and you have nine bowlers. seven of whom have taken a five for in a test innings three times or more !!

    The batting is not as bad as it appears. The first eight have all scored test hundreds.

    The 1948 side is very strong in batting with the three W's besides Harvey and Unrigar, but inspite of a plethora of all rounders, the real strike bowler is just one in Jim Laker.

    The 1958 side is a fairly string batting side and with Hall and Gibbs has to of the top bowlers of the sixties but it doesn't look like an all conquering side somehow.

    The 1978 side is well balanced and in Marshall and Kapil have two great user of the new ball besides the volatile Hogg and the steady Yardley. The batting is good without being imposing.

    The 1991 side has a terrific attack headed by arguably the teo greatest spinners of all time - with over 1500 test wickets between them and counting. They have a great fast bowler in Donald with two decent assistants in Reifell and McMillan. The batting is headed by Flower and Inzy but again doesnt look imposing,

    Anyway, I cant decide which of these five is the strongest - can you ?
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    Interesting concept. Ill have a look at doing a few when Ive time.

    However, isnt 1946 a bit of a cheat as its a lot of players who would have debuted earlier if not for the War?
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    I'd be batting Reiffel ahead of Donald.

    For mine, I like the 1978 side the best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Interesting concept. Ill have a look at doing a few when Ive time.

    However, isnt 1946 a bit of a cheat as its a lot of players who would have debuted earlier if not for the War?
    You could say that but how can one make a side for , say, 1941


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    Quote Originally Posted by vic_orthdox View Post
    I'd be batting Reiffel ahead of Donald.

    For mine, I like the 1978 side the best.
    Point taken. Corrected

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    Good job as always, sjs...will be interesting to see the class of 1996...

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    Class of 1989
    Not as strong as I thought it ewould be, but it appears not too many debuted this year. Still not a bad team though

    1 Mark Taylor (capt)
    2 Atherton
    3 Tendulkar
    4 Tom Moody
    5 Shane Thomson
    6 Hashan Tillakaratne (wkt)
    7 Chris Cairns
    8 Trevor Hohns
    9 Ian Bishop
    10 Waqar Younis
    11 Angus Fraser

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    Quote Originally Posted by weldone View Post
    Good job as always, sjs...will be interesting to see the class of 1996...
    Here it is

    Class of 1996

    1. Herschelle Gibbs
    2. Mathew Elliott
    3. Rahul Dravid
    4. Saurav Ganguly
    5. VVS Laxman
    6. Nathan Astle
    7. Lance Klusener/Robert Croft
    8. Mohammad Wasim (keeper)
    9. Jason Gillespie
    10. Venkatesh Prasad
    11. Kasprowicz


    The problem here is no proper spinner. You could bring in Robert Croft and drop Klusener, maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Class of 1989
    Not as strong as I thought it ewould be, but it appears not too many debuted this year. Still not a bad team though

    1 Mark Taylor (capt)
    2 Atherton
    3 Tendulkar
    4 Tom Moody
    5 Shane Thomson
    6 Hashan Tillakaratne (wkt)
    7 Chris Cairns
    8 Trevor Hohns
    9 Ian Bishop
    10 Waqar Younis
    11 Angus Fraser
    You could consider Devon Malcolm in place of Trvor Hohns

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    2005 had decent batsmen.

    Phil Jaques
    Upul Tharanga
    Michael Hussey
    Shane Watson
    Kevin Pietersen
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    Brad Hodge
    Gayan Wijekoon
    Mohammad Asif
    Charl Langeveldt
    Shaun Tait

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    If you can't find a better bowler then Wijekoon, then I feel sorry for your cricketing knowleadge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    If you can't find a better bowler then Wijekoon, then I feel sorry for your cricketing knowleadge.
    OK, here are the other candidates...

    Nuwan Kulasekara
    Shaun Udal
    Syed Rasel
    Shahadat Hossain
    Liam Plunkett
    Iain O'Brien
    Chris Mpofu
    Graeme Cremer
    Waddington Mwayenga

    It was a hard task.

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    Liam Plunkett or Shahadat Hossain. Kulasekara and Rasel are better as well.

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    Class of 2000
    ME Trescothick
    MH Richardson
    CH Gayle
    KS Sangakkara+
    RR Sarwan
    Younis Khan
    ND McKenzie
    DA Marillier
    MJ Hoggard
    Z Khan
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