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    4 12.12%
  • Team C

    5 15.15%
  • Team D

    2 6.06%
  • Team E

    1 3.03%
  • Team F

    1 3.03%
  • Team G

    7 21.21%
  • Team H

    7 21.21%
  • Team I

    1 3.03%
  • Team J

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  • Team L

    3 9.09%
  • Team M

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    I went for team D.

    Len Hutton
    Justin Langer
    Ian Chappell
    Jaques Kallis
    Norm O'Neil
    Kumar Sangakkara+
    Clive Lloyd*
    Harold Larwood
    Ian Bishop
    Alec Bedser
    Muttiah Muraliatharan

    It's the only side that i think could dominate in all conditions. It's got a lot to do with my personal opinion of players- I'd rank Langer, Bishop, Chappell and especially Kallis a lot better than some people would, i suspect.
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    The Filth have comfortably the better bowling. But the Gash have the batting. Might be quite good to watch.

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    Knew there would be someone out there that liked bowling attack with balance, not just raw power.
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    I would say, though, that I'd have went for a major strike bowler sooner- second after Murali probably. You probably could have had an Allan Donald or the like early on- someone that doesn't immediately come to mind but is still incredible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I would say, though, that I'd have went for a major strike bowler sooner- second after Murali probably. You probably could have had an Allan Donald or the like early on- someone that doesn't immediately come to mind but is still incredible.
    With the way the picks went all those players went after I got Kallis and Sangakkara. Bishop was the best strike bowler left. I could have picked a bowler ahead of Kallis, but looking at some of the guys batting at seven. I'm glad I picked a batting all rounder like Kallis. I think it was worth it for balance in the end.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I would say, though, that I'd have went for a major strike bowler sooner- second after Murali probably. You probably could have had an Allan Donald or the like early on- someone that doesn't immediately come to mind but is still incredible.
    I actually rate team 4 very highly too for the reason you stated, however I dunno if I like Sangakarra at 6 and Lloyd at 7, but in the end of the day nothing wrong with having batsman who are capable batting higher, batting in those positions!

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    Agree with some re the bowling attacks, I commented on Jamee's as saying he had the best bowling attack, but I did mean the best fast bowling attack. As has been mentioned he has no spinner and a lack of part timers so he will struggle in a lot of conditions. Most of the teams are pretty even so it just come down to personal preferences.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chaminda_00 View Post
    With the way the picks went all those players went after I got Kallis and Sangakkara. Bishop was the best strike bowler left. I could have picked a bowler ahead of Kallis, but looking at some of the guys batting at seven. I'm glad I picked a batting all rounder like Kallis. I think it was worth it for balance in the end.
    Yeah, I'd have left Sangakkara for a while. The WK question can always be addressed later, and I'd rather have a Donald in my team than a Sangakkara. It's just personal preference obviously, but i don't see a keeper of the standard of say, Ian Healy in a side and think "ohh, major weakness there" whereas i do think the lack of a strike bowler has that effect.

    Kallis I'd have jumped on. I think it's incredible that someone in this era can perform to such a high standard with both bat and ball. As batting all-rounders go i think he's the best ever- yes, better than Sobers.

    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I actually rate team 4 very highly too for the reason you stated, however I dunno if I like Sangakarra at 6 and Lloyd at 7, but in the end of the day nothing wrong with having batsman who are capable batting higher, batting in those positions!

    What are your thoughts on my bowling attack of Trueman, Walsh, Tate, Laker, Sobers?
    That it seems really good, but I'm not very familiar with it. I only know Sobers, Laker, Tate and to some extent Trueman from folkore, and Walsh was past his best when i saw him (and i was too young to judge him really). Even players like Marshall, Ambrose, Lillee, Holding I can see enough archive footage to form an opinion of them, however misguided it may be. It's a difficulty in voting on Laker or Tate that the game they played seems completely different to anything I've ever known.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I actually rate team 4 very highly too for the reason you stated, however I dunno if I like Sangakarra at 6 and Lloyd at 7, but in the end of the day nothing wrong with having batsman who are capable batting higher, batting in those positions!
    I think people underestimate how effective Lloyd was at 6 and 7. He was probably better there then at five. Personally I think he is the best No 7 ever, even better then Gilly.

    Sangakkara can slot in higher and may bat occasionally at five, if we require a massive chase or in major trouble. But do think he will struggle to keep and bat at his best consistently batting in the top 4. As was shown through his career.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Yeah, I'd have left Sangakkara for a while. The WK question can always be addressed later, and I'd rather have a Donald in my team than a Sangakkara. It's just personal preference obviously, but i don't see a keeper of the standard of say, Ian Healy in a side and think "ohh, major weakness there" whereas i do think the lack of a strike bowler has that effect.

    Kallis I'd have jumped on. I think it's incredible that someone in this era can perform to such a high standard with both bat and ball. As batting all-rounders go i think he's the best ever- yes, better than Sobers.
    In sides like this personally I think it is a slight weakness not to have specialist batsmen as deep as possible. Against the quality of bowling that in these sides I think keepers and all rounder that average in 30s. Might struggle to contribute a lot with the bat. It not a major weakness, but imo the standard required at 6 & 7 should be high. Also when I picked Sangakkara, Flower and Walcott went as well. If you were going to pick a keeping all rounder it would have been then.

    I would have liked another strike seamer. But like take our balance attack and the likes of Kallis, Sangakkara and Hutton over one. I think with Larwood and Bishop we have enough strike power in the pace attack away from home. Add in the guile of Bedser I still think we have a great pace attack.

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    Team B can run through any side without much difficulty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by funnygirl View Post
    Team B can run through any side without much difficulty.
    on 4th and 5th day spinning pitch that team will struggle ...you will have to win toss all the time
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    Just had a closer look at NUFAN side. Probably the most all round side in comp. Got pretty much every base covered.

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    Team G

    Arthur Morris
    Desmond Haynes
    Rahul Dravid
    Sachin Tendulkar
    David Gower
    Gary Sobers*
    Rod Marsh+
    Maurice Tate
    Fred Trueman
    Jim Laker
    Courtney Walsh

    My vote for this team ,nice mix of left handed and right handed batsmen ,one great allrounder ,one decent allrounder,players with vast experince and vast number of runs and wickets.nice attack with a spinner and 3 fast bowlers and one who is good to do both

    and interstingly this team good do well in ODI's as well
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    I have ended up going for Team L after much thought.

    The side looks very solid on paper, with a pair of solid Australian openers followed by a fantastic middle order of Hammond, Chappell. Harvey and Hazare. I think they will gel nicely and Imran and Knott at 7 and 8 is a strong batting order for sure.

    Bowling wise Imran and Waqar are going to dominate in Pakistan and so should O'Reilly. Reid looks a little suspect, but injuries shouldn't factor THAT much. Other crickets earlier in the century didn't play too many more than 27 Tests in a 7 year span. His record in Pakistan is also decent [14 wkts @ 25 in 3 matches].

    Outside the main 4 bowlers, Hammond is very useful and Chappell and Hazare can roll their arms over if need be too.

    The leadership group of Taylor, Khan, Simpson, Chappell should ensure no stone is left unturned.

    This side is also a very good fielding unit too.

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    Disappointed that pretty much every team other than mine has got a vote. And of the other two that haven't, one was a mess and the other was taken over by another participant half way through.

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