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    Under 25 Age Teams

    Just for fun, basically.

    I tried to put together a World Under 25 (five-day cricket) team, and I came up with this:
    1. Alastair Cook
    2. Phil Hughes
    3. Daniel Flynn
    4. Jesse Ryder
    5. Suresh Raina
    6. Dinesh Karthik
    7. Shakib Al Hasan
    8. Jerome Taylor
    9. Ajantha Mendis
    10. Pete Siddle
    11. Ishant Sharma

    Really good attack by current Test standards but it was surprisingly hard to find established Test batsmen. I had to include Raina despite the fact that he hasn't played a Test.. the other options were to include Kapugedera, Butt or Guptill but I'd be surprised if Raina couldn't outdo their Test performances thus far. I struggled to find a keeper as well - it came down to Karthik, Rahim or Ramdin.

    How would each Test nation go if they played Under 25 "Tests" right now? I might try and put together a few teams; feel free to have a go yourself.
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    I'm no good at things like this, but I don't think it's a surprise that there are more young bowlers than batsmen who spring to mind. I guess fast bowlers perhaps peak earlier, and generally batsmen seem to last longer which makes it harder for a young batsman to break into the side.
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    I believe that, according to his birth certificate, Waqar Younis is still only 23.

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    Might've tried to squeeze Broad in somewhere myself, maybe for Shakib. Tail like a rat at the moment.

    EDIT: incidentally this was my under 25 test XI as of 10/09/05.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    I'm no good at things like this, but I don't think it's a surprise that there are more young bowlers than batsmen who spring to mind. I guess fast bowlers perhaps peak earlier, and generally batsmen seem to last longer which makes it harder for a young batsman to break into the side.
    Yeah, I definitely expected the bowlers to be easier to find, but I was surprised by the lack of batting options there actually were. I thought I'd be able to at least find five I was reasonably happy with.

    To be fair, De Villiers and Taylor both only missed the cut by a month or two, but it really shows just how impressive Hughes's feats as a 20 year old actually are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Might've tried to squeeze Broad in somewhere myself, maybe for Shakib. Tail like a rat at the moment.

    EDIT: incidentally this was my under 25 test XI as of 10/09/05.
    I considered Broad in for Taylor to strengthen the lower order but I just don't rate his bowling (yet) so I opted out of it. I don't think he'd add much more (if anything) with the bat than Shakib but he'd probably get a run ahead of him if the pitch was unlikely to turn.

    Interesting 2005 team. Particularly interesting is the fact that Irfan Pathan hasn't actually aged a day since you made that post, somehow. Probably a cricinfo error back then.

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    Can't believe Mortaza just misses the cut.

    Duminy misses the cut by 6 days as well.
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    Australia

    1. Phil Hughes
    2. Shaun Marsh
    3. Mark Cosgrove
    4. Peter Forrest
    5. Callum Ferguson
    6. Luke Pomersbach
    7. Matthew Wade
    8. Cullen Bailey
    9. Clint McKay
    10. Pete Siddle
    11. Burt Cockley

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    England
    1.Joe Denley
    2.Alastair Cook
    3.Ravi Bopara
    4.Samit Patel
    5.James Hildreth
    6.Liam Dawson
    7.Steve Davies
    8.Adil Rashid
    9.Stuart Broad
    10.Tom Smith
    11. Chris Woakes

    Not including Eoin Morgan on principle,

    Not sure about this side but it certainly bats a long way down, maybe Dawson is a bit premature but a bit of bias envolved, (and he is going to be really good)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Just for fun, basically.

    I tried to put together a World Under 25 (five-day cricket) team, and I came up with this:
    1. Alastair Cook
    2. Phil Hughes
    3. Daniel Flynn
    4. Jesse Ryder
    5. Suresh Raina
    6. Dinesh Karthik
    7. Shakib Al Hasan
    8. Jerome Taylor
    9. Ajantha Mendis
    10. Pete Siddle
    11. Ishant Sharma

    Really good attack by current Test standards but it was surprisingly hard to find established Test batsmen. I had to include Raina despite the fact that he hasn't played a Test.. the other options were to include Kapugedera, Butt or Guptill but I'd be surprised if Raina couldn't outdo their Test performances thus far. I struggled to find a keeper as well - it came down to Karthik, Rahim or Ramdin.

    How would each Test nation go if they played Under 25 "Tests" right now? I might try and put together a few teams; feel free to have a go yourself.
    Replace Ishant & Siddle with Asif & Gul.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HMas View Post
    Replace Ishant & Siddle with Asif & Gul.
    But Asif would only play a match, and he'd struggle to get through customs tbh .
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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    I believe that, according to his birth certificate, Waqar Younis is still only 23.


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    India [ODIs]:

    1. Murali Vijay - RHB
    2. Robin Uthappa [Wk] - RHB
    3. Cheteshwar Pujara - RHB
    4. Ajinkhya Rahane - RHB
    5. Rohit Sharma - RHB/ OS
    6. Suresh Raina - LHB
    7. Irfan Pathan - LHB / LFM
    8. Piyush Chawla - LS
    9. Praveen Kumar - RFM
    10. Mohnish Parmar - OS
    11. Ishant Sharma - RMF

    12th man: Manoj Tiwary

    Are there better openers available than what I have selected? I get the feeling I have forgotten someone tbph.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaremba View Post
    I believe that, according to his birth certificate, Waqar Younis is still only 23.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    But Asif would only play a match, and he'd struggle to get through customs tbh .
    Already above 25, Gul should be there though.

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