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    Pick a team to tour South Africa

    We've done this a few times for Aussie teams going to England or vice versa, but with the Aussies leaving soon for SA, I was thinking today about what the best EDIT FOR THE OBTUSE: alltime Australian XI would be, selected on the basis of performances IN South Africa. Playing the Proteas at home is always a very tough test, so its a mark of distinction to succeed there against them. This is intended for all countries.

    Will post my Australian team to tour SA in a minute, still completing it.
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    Read my post laughing boy (and other laughing boy). I'm talking all-time teams...


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    Micheal Vandort
    Malinda Warnapura
    Tharanga Paranavitana
    Kumar Sangakkara (wk)
    Mahela Jayawardene (c)
    Angelo Mathews
    Kaushal Silva (wk)
    Chaminda Vaas
    Ajantha Mendis
    Lasith Malinga
    Muthiah Muralitharan

    That would my side for South Africa. Seven batsmen who imo have the technique to handle the South African pitches. I know Samaraweera and Dilshan are back in form and Kapu found his feet at FC and technically Test level. But along with Chamara Silva I don't believe they have the technquie in comparsion to above seven batsmen to get the most out of South African conditions.

    Silva and Sangakkara to share keeping duties depending on Sangakkara fitness levels and Silva's confidence. Silva picked as specialist batsmen, with keeping a bonus. Though I do believe batting at four Sangakkara should have no fatigue problems.

    Bowling wise Murali, Mendis and Malinga (if fit) pick themseleves. Went with Vaas for last spot as Prasad, Dilhara and Thurshara all still need more work on their bowling. With three attack minded bowlers Vaas, Maharoof and Mathews balance out the attack. Maharoof misses out cus Vaas can take wickets at this level.
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    **** all time sides, man Matt explain yourself better.

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    Alright, let's say all-time or current... :sigh:

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    My gosh. What a waste of time, it serves no point whatsoever.

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/statsguru/...s;type=batting

    There is your batting choices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corbin View Post
    My gosh. What a waste of time, it serves no point whatsoever.

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/statsguru/...s;type=batting

    There is your batting choices.
    Wow, and here was me going to pick Michael Slater. But now I know that Jack Moroney averaged 0.08 more than him in a completely different era against a totally different bowling line up, I have to re-think some stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    Wow, and here was me going to pick Michael Slater. But now I know that Jack Moroney averaged 0.08 more than him in a completely different era against a totally different bowling line up, I have to re-think some stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corbin View Post
    My gosh. What a waste of time, it serves no point whatsoever.

    http://stats.cricinfo.com/statsguru/...s;type=batting

    There is your batting choices.
    Much like your presence here. Now be a good boy and piss off...

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    All Time

    Marvan Attapattu
    Sanath Jayasuriya
    Asanka Gurusinha
    Aravinda De Silva
    Mahela Jayawardene
    Kumar Sangakkara
    Roy Dias
    Chaminda Vaas
    Ajantha Mendis
    Lasith Malinga
    Muthiah Muralitharan

    Attapattu, Jayasuriya and De Silva improved their records away from a fair bit by the end of their careers. Jayawardene well on his way as well. Gurusinha and Dias have always been one of our better batsmen away from home. Especally Dias probably the one batsmen in Sri Lanka's history that was better away then at home. Underated batsmen.

    Ranatunga, Tillakaratne, Dilshan and Samaraweera miss out cus they are poor away from home.

    Bowlers pick themselves imo.

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    All time Aussie team:

    Fingleton
    Morris
    Ponting
    Harvey
    McCabe
    Gilchrist+
    Davidson
    Benaud
    Gregory
    Grimmett
    Clark

    The spinners were at once an easy and yet difficult choice. Grimmett's record is amazing, and once you throw in Benaud's performances with the bat, he can't be denied a place, yet Warne and O'Reilly also have amazing records there. I guess SA has a proud history of not being able to handle touring Australian leggies. Davidson and Gregory pick themselves, and I think Clark's debut series merits his inclusion. Harvey famously performed for Australia in SA and SA was the sight of one of McCabe's special innings.

    I only had five specialist bats, but Gilly's performances in SA, couple with Davidson and Benaud's all-round efforts there make that workable IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt79 View Post
    Read my post laughing boy (and other laughing boy). I'm talking all-time teams...
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