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GOOD OLD COLLINGWOOD - PREMIERS IN 2010Originally Posted by Irfan
Is Cam White, Is Good.
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I was putting very little thought into my selections until the main draft finished - since then I've been gazumped a couple of times.
A bowling average of 26.5 and an economy rate of 4.33 is more than decent for the third pacer in my team. If it wasn't because of injury, at a time it was hard to predict who would be the best bowler among him, Ambrose and Walsh in the long run. And guess what, I have all three of them in my team! Actually I made the decision for this pick within 5 minutes. I hope the old combination of giant West Indian fast bowlers works. And also, this means I don't have to think much for picking my home ground. I have my top three pace bowlers and the specialist opening batsman in my team all from West Indies.
Team till now:
AB de Villiers
My bowling attack looks complete and awesome with 5 bowlers in Ambrose, Walsh, Murali, Bishop and Cairns with Malik joining in as the sixth bowler (and the second spin option on conducive surfaces)...My batting line-up is also very good as a combination consisting of specialist opener, power hitters for powerplays, anchor ((s): the plural is for my next pick ) in the middle overs and huge sloggers in the end overs...
Last edited by weldone; 01-02-2009 at 07:17 AM.
"I want to raise my hand and say one thing. Those who complain about my love for the game or commitment to the game are clueless. These are the only 2 areas where I give myself 100 out of 100."
- Sachin Tendulkar, as told in an interview published in Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika after his 100th International century (translated by weldone)
After seeing Morkel and Kemp chosen I had to do a double take to see if SOD was still available.
O'Donnell was a fantastic all rounder known for his destructive batting and intelligent fast medium bowling.
So just like the Test Draft, I've left my wicket keeper until last.
If Ozone is around, we can get another 4-5 players picked now.
I choose West Indian fast bowler, Patrick Patterson, a player I had never even heard of him until I read somewhere that Gooch said he was the only bowler he ever feared for his life when facing. Although he only played 59 ODIs, an average of 24.51 and strike rate of 33.8 can't be wrong, and he should give my sides bowling that extra X-factor.
To complete my XI, I will choose Craig McMillan. Although not spectacular, he can be a very useful middle order hitter, who can also contribute with the ball.
Walsh>Srinath (you are missing the econony rate part which is equally important as average in ODIs and way more important than strike rate- And I guess even you would have taken Walsh if he were still available when you took Srinath)
And about de Villiers, I grant your point about his keeping which is probably the only weakness in my team...He is probably as good a wicket-keeper as Dravid, till now...(Though I am very hopeful about him once Boucher retires, but that's another story)...But about his batting, I would say that I gave taken him for the powerplays beside a specialist opener in Haynes...He was great against McGrath and Lee, and I don't think any of the team here has got two better new-ball bowlers than them; so the point you made about his batting against new-ball bowlers is invalid according to me...Moreover, even he he fails sometimes (clearly I don't expect him to make 70 of 75 balls in every match), then I have an equally (in fact, more) great player for the powerplays, namely Ross Taylor...
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