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    Thank **** He Is Injured

    Imagine there is a big Test series coming up for your country.

    Which opposition player would you be most happy to miss out to give your team the best chance of victory?

    My Team- England

    Sri- Murali
    India- Dravid
    Pak- Shoaib
    Aus- Ponting
    NZ- Oram
    WI- Chanderpaul
    SA- Kallis
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    My Team- India

    Sri- Muttiah Muralitharan
    England- Ryan Sidebottom
    Pak- Mohammad Yousuf
    Aus- Brett Lee/Stuart Clark
    NZ- Brendon McCullum
    WI- Shiv Chanderpaul
    SA- Dale Steyn
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Imagine there is a big Test series coming up for your country.

    Which opposition player would you be most happy to miss out to give your team the best chance of victory?

    My Team- England

    Sri- Murali
    India- Dravid
    Pak- Shoaib
    Aus- Ponting
    NZ- Oram
    WI- Chanderpaul
    SA- Kallis
    As an Indian supporter I'd probably have to say Tendulkar being injured plays into an opponent's hands more. Tendulkar is such an icon and has this great ability to inspire his fellow Indian team mates. In the past whenever he used to be injured, that was a huge mental victory to the opposition and the young Indian players would be left saying 'Oh crap'!

    While Dravid is probably India's backbone and most dependable batsman, Sachin has a huge aura about him that really lifts India when he is playing and really lifts the opposition side when he's not playing.
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    I always want the opposition at full strengh and have done ever since 1977 when Australia came to England without Chappell and Lillee and the following year when we slaughtered Pakerlesstan.


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    Quote Originally Posted by masterblaster View Post
    As an Indian supporter I'd probably have to say Tendulkar being injured plays into an opponent's hands more. Tendulkar is such an icon and has this great ability to inspire his fellow Indian team mates. In the past whenever he used to be injured, that was a huge mental victory to the opposition and the young Indian players would be left saying 'Oh crap'!

    While Dravid is probably India's backbone and most dependable batsman, Sachin has a huge aura about him that really lifts India when he is playing and really lifts the opposition side when he's not playing.
    Its a personal opinion thing. To me, without Dravid India feel 'flighty'. They may not be worse but they feel more vulnerable

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Imagine there is a big Test series coming up for your country.

    Which opposition player would you be most happy to miss out to give your team the best chance of victory?

    My Team- England

    Sri- Murali
    India- Dravid
    Pak- Shoaib
    Aus- Ponting
    NZ- Oram
    WI- Chanderpaul
    SA- Kallis
    As an England supporter too, I'd agree with most of those except:

    Aus - Brett Lee (as their back-up batting is a better than back-up bowling)

    Also, maybe for NZ Vettori, and for India Tendulkar.

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    My team India:

    Aus- Hayden
    Lanka - Sangakarra
    Pak- Younis Khan
    S.Africa- Steyn
    Windies- Chanderpaul
    NZ - Oram
    England - KP

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    Quote Originally Posted by duffer View Post
    My team India:

    Aus- Hayden
    Lanka - Sangakarra
    Pak- Younis Khan
    S.Africa- Steyn
    Windies- Chanderpaul
    NZ - Oram
    England - KP
    I'd agree with that. Although in the past Jayasuriya has been India's biggest danger man without doubt. I remember him smacking the likes of Srinath, Prasad and Agarkar time and time again.

    As for Pakistan, Younis is a good choice but Afridi loves batting against India especially in tests (for some odd reason) and is generally a real danger with bat and ball. Oram and Bond demolished India I remember back in 2002 when we had that disastrous tour so I'd agree with that.

    Rest seems on the money.

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    Can't believe people are picking Oram (and even Vettori) over McCullum as a kiwi tbh

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    England

    Australia: Brett Lee
    India: Sachin Tendulkar
    New Zealand: Daniel Vettori
    Pakistan: Mohammad Yousuf
    South Africa: Dale Steyn
    Sri Lanka: Muttiah Muralidaran
    West Indies: Shivnarine Chanderpaul

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    I always want the opposition at full strengh and have done ever since 1977 when Australia came to England without Chappell and Lillee and the following year when we slaughtered Pakerlesstan.
    I always tend to want every cricket team to play with its strongest possible combination, and never like to see either injuries or baffling selections. Partly because this leaves the "ah well we only lost because ... didn't play" crap open to anyone who wants a way around "we were second-best", but also partly because I'm more concerned for the game of cricket than any team.

    However, if I was concerned only with victory for whoever I was supporting, the players I'd most want to see the back of at the current time...
    Australia - Stuart Clark (not only is he probably their best bowler, he is the bowler who holds the attack together for mine, and you'd need three or four batsmen to be missing before the line-up was weakened all that much)
    England - Michael Vaughan (for both good batting at number three and the fact that when he's absent there's headless-chicken effect in the captaincy)
    India - Sachin Tendulkar (for the reasons Sangrah alluded to about both the calibre of batsmanship and the inspirational qualities - aside from the fact I think he's finally re-established the fact he's India's best batsman)
    New Zealand - Jacob Oram (pretty much the only player currently available who I'd be really properly worried about taking a game away from us, with both bat and ball under the right circumstances)
    Pakistan - Younis Khan (unquestionably the best batsman in the team for mine, and both seamers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif are excluded as their international careers may be over with differing percentage chances)
    South Africa - Jacques Kallis (really needs no explanation, far and away the best batsman AND a useful change seamer)
    Sri Lanka - Muttiah Muralitharan (again, needs no explanation)
    West Indies - Shivnarine Chanderpaul (ditto for the third time in a row)
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    WI - Chanderpaul
    NZ - McCullum
    IND - Tendulkar
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    Eng - Pietersen
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    Pak - Yousef
    SA - Kallis
    WI - Chanderpaul
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    Australia

    England: Currently, Ryan Sidebottom but usually Freddie
    India: Sachin
    NZ: Jac Oram right now but usually Shane Bond
    SL: Murali
    WI: Shiv Chanderpaul
    Pakistan: Unsure; probably Mohammed Yousuf (can I be honest and say I had to look up the side?) in the current but usually Shoaib by far
    SA: Jacques Kallis

    Nothing too startling there.
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    Eng: Pietersen
    Ind: Tendulkar
    NZ: Bond
    SL: Sangakkara
    WI: Chanderpaul
    Pakistan: Yousuf
    SA: Kallis

    As for the Aussies picking Murali, not really sure why you'd want him to miss the Test series .
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