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    Countries First Test to present - can you name a side?

    In 11 moves can you name a team to cover a countries entire Test playing days?

    The catch being the player that you select must have played in the cricketer listed aheads final test.

    You don't have to select players in batting order so it could be:

    Australia: Charles Bannermann Test #1 1877 > Fred Spofforth Test #25 1887 etc.

    Anyone who decides to do South Africa can chose someone who played in the last game before apartheid and the player after in the first game back. Apartheid effectively being the 12th man.
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    Len Hutton*
    Greame Gooch
    WG Grace
    KS Ranjitsinhji
    Graham Thorpe
    Colin Cowdrey
    Les Ames+
    Andrew Flintoff
    Wilfred Rhodes
    George Ulyett
    Derek Underwood

    Probably a seamer light but possibly compensated by some very deep batting, so overall decent team if I do say so myself. Chronologically the order is:

    Ulyett
    Grace
    Ranji
    Rhodes
    Ames
    Hutton
    Cowdrey
    Underwood
    Gooch
    Thorpe
    Flintoff
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    Chris Gayle
    Everton Weekes
    George Headley
    Brian Lara
    Clyde Walcott
    Garry Sobers*
    Deryck Murray+
    Learie Constantine
    Malcolm Marshall
    Wes Hall
    Curtly Ambrose

    The West Indies is obviously easier as they have a shorter time-span to navigate, or alternately more difficult as because it is shorter there are many more possible routes to take making it more taxing trying to get exactly the right combination of players you want!

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    Dempter
    Turner
    Fleming
    Crowe
    Sutcliffe
    McCullum
    Cairns
    Hadlee
    Taylor
    Cowie
    Bond

    Not sure if Cowie played with Dempter, but there you have it.

    The chronological order being:

    Dempster
    Cowie
    Sutcliffe
    Taylor
    Turner
    Hadlee
    Crowe
    Cairns
    Fleming
    Bond
    McCullum
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    India

    Code:
    Order of debut		Batting Order
    
    Mohd Nissar		Vijay Merchant
    Vijay Merchant		Sunil Gavaskar
    Vinoo Mankad		Rahul Dravid
    Subhash Gupte		Sachin Tendulkar
    FM Engineer		Nawab Pataudi Jr (captain)
    EAS Prasanna		Vinoo Mankad
    Nawab Pataudi 		Kapil Dev
    Sunil Gavaskar		Farroukh Engineer (keeper)
    Kapil Dev		Mohd Nissar
    S Tendulkar		Erapali Prasanna
    Rahul Dravid		Subhash Gupte

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    Windies

    Code:
    Order	Of debut	Batting 
    
    1	Constantine	Gayle
    2	Headley		Worrell
    3	Walcott		Headley
    4	Worrell		Richards
    5	Sobers		Lara
    6	Roberts		Sobers
    7	Richards	Walcott
    8	Holding		Constantine
    9	Marshall	Marshall
    10	Lara		Roberts
    11	Gayle		Holding

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    Code:
    Order	Of debut	Batting 
    
    1	Blackham	Trumper
    2	Trumble		Simpson
    3	Trumper		Bradman (captain)
    4	Macartney	Ponting
    5	Grimmett	Macartney
    6	Bradman		Border
    7	Miller		Miller
    8	Simpson		Lillee
    9	Lillee		Blackham (keeper)
    10	Border		Trumble
    11	Ponting		Grimmett

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    Did Ponting play a Test with Border?

    Amazing if he did. I hadnt realized there was an overlap. My mind sees them as being from two seperate generations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Did Ponting play a Test with Border?

    Amazing if he did. I hadnt realized there was an overlap. My mind sees them as being from two seperate generations.
    No Goughy you are correct.

    Borders last test match. 3rd Test: South Africa v Australia at Durban, Mar 25-29, 1994 | Cricket Scorecard | Cricinfo.com

    Ponting's first was Dec 8-11, 1995.

    Maybe 11 is a little difficult for Australia.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
    Did Ponting play a Test with Border?

    Amazing if he did. I hadnt realized there was an overlap. My mind sees them as being from two seperate generations.
    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    No Goughy you are correct.

    Borders last test match. 3rd Test: South Africa v Australia at Durban, Mar 25-29, 1994 | Cricket Scorecard | Cricinfo.com

    Ponting's first was Dec 8-11, 1995.

    Maybe 11 is a little difficult for Australia.
    Its possible but I made a silly mistake.

    Here is another which satisfies everything but for Ryder. Though a fine vatsman with a Test average in the fifties in 20 Tests, he opened only twice and not with great success. Maybe I can do better

    Code:
    Order	Of debut	Batting 
    
    1	Blackham	Simpson
    2	Trumble		Ryder
    3	Armstrong	Bradman
    4	Ryder		Ponting
    5	Bradman		Border
    6	Lindwall	Armstrong
    7	Simpson		Trumble
    8	Lillee		Lindwall
    9	Border		Blackham
    10	McGrath		Lillee
    11	Ponting		McGrath

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    Of course the sides with shorter histories are so simple you could almost put their greatest ever sides and still get them to cover the short period of time - like Pakistan here.

    Code:
    Order	Of debut	Batting 
    			
    1	Hanif		Hanif
    2	Mushtaq		Anwar
    3	Zaheer		Zaheer
    4	Imran		Miandad
    5	Miandad		M Yousuf
    6	Wasim		Mushtaq
    7	Waqar		Imran
    8	Anwar		Moin
    9	Moin		Wasim
    10	Saqlain		Saqlain
    11	M Yousuf	Waqar



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