What would be your chosen field of 8 players to take part in a single wicket knockout contest using the old rules used by Alfred Mynn and the like.
2 innings per player
Runs can only be scored in front of the wicket
2 other fielders in addition to keeper and player
To score a run the batsman had to get to the bowler's end and back
A batsman can not leave his crease before making a stroke
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Social conditions made games of this sort popular: before the arrival of a national railway network in the 1840s and 1850s, it was easier to get two top players to a ground than 22 of them. The games were often slow, with the bowler allowed up to a minute between deliveries. In lengthy contests, exhaustion was a real possibility. What's more, with runs hard to come by because of the strict rules, long periods with no scoring were common.
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I think I will back Afridi to win it all. Dont ask me why, mainly based on the fact that being the only bowler could kill a seamer.