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    Worst team to tour Australia

    Since 1999/00, and I won't include the tours of Zimbabwe and Bangladesh, not that I don't consider them to be worthy of Test status, but really nobody could expect much out of them anyway. Also it is Tests only.

    I always considered the West Indies team that toured in 00/01 to be a shocking team, now before Liam Camps jumps in, I'm not saying that the all players were bad, but their performances as a team left a lot to be desired. Courtney Walsh was on his last legs as a bowler, and they were just so comprehensively, admittely that Australian team was one of the best ever. Not much can be said of the team that toured in the 05/06 season either.

    But the Pakistan team in their most recent Test series against Australia is almost ready to take the cake, that was a pretty weak, spineless effort, and whatever match performance payments they might be on, they would of been overpaid. They have a Test standard bowling attack (Asif, Aamer, Gul, Kaneria, and Sami can be good, depending which Sami turns up which is not often), some decent batters, a great young prospect (Umer Akmal), but they just could not do the basics right (from fielding to running between the wickets), and not playing as a team either, team unity, what is that? They were outplayed in Melbourne and Hobart and by rights should of won in Sydney, but they managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    Of course a certain Ashes Tour in 06/07 by a certain team in the Northern Hemisphere wasn't particulary good either. Hey Harmison, landing the ball on the pitch helps.
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    England 06-07 <<<< this Pakistan team imo. If it wasn't England, it would have been sad. Instead it was hilarious.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    England 06-07 <<<< this Pakistan team imo. If it wasn't England, it would have been sad. Instead it was hilarious.
    ha ha the thing i found most amusing is that 06 is almost non-existent in the media.
    Its like the ashes are every 4 years, 05 and 09.
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    If this Pakistani team had played 5 tests, I suspect they'd have been the worst by a long way. As it is, its hard to go past a 5 - 0 scoreline. England's competitiveness and subsequent collapse is pretty equal to Pakistan's capitulation at Sydney.

    On paper, where no real matches are played, I suspect that the West Indian team that had to throw in a couple of untried players ahead of Chanderpaul and Sarwan, and were lacking a couple of their fast bowling first options (Taylor & Edwards) is probably 'the worst' team.
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    1990-00 Indian team to tour Australia was the worst Indian test squad I've seen in my life.

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    that's 10 years' worth....

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    Yet if they would have held all their catches they could have won the Test series. What does that say about Aus?
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    India 1999-2000 and West Indies 2000-2001 more pitiful.
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    Worst team combined to play at least 3 matches:

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    1.Redmond
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    3.Ryder
    4.Taylor
    5.McCullum
    6.Flynn
    7.Elliott
    8.Vettori
    9.Southee
    10.O'Brien
    11.Martin

    That's a pretty bad team IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Howsie View Post
    1.Redmond
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    4.Taylor
    5.McCullum
    6.Flynn
    7.Elliott
    8.Vettori
    9.Southee
    10.O'Brien
    11.Martin

    That's a pretty bad team IMO.
    Fortunately for us Taylor ground out some runs and Southee bowled a bloody great spell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono View Post
    India 1999-2000 and West Indies 2000-2001 more pitiful.
    Yeah that Indian team was one of the worst ever probabaly both in terms of performance and on paper... i think they won 1 ODI match in the 3 month tour of Australia. Might have been a draw or 2 in tour matches but not sure.

    That was the only time i've been in Aus when India has toured Australia as well

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    If you believe what Don Bradman says, the South African team that toured Australia in the early 30s was the worst side to visit Australia ever. I believe Bradman averaged 201.5 in that series.

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    MSK Prasad†
    VVS Laxman
    R Dravid
    SR Tendulkar*
    SC Ganguly

    HH Kanitkar
    R Vijay Bharadwaj
    A Kumble
    AB Agarkar
    J Srinath
    BKV Prasad

    seems ok, what happened to this team back then ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edged&Taken View Post
    MSK Prasad†
    VVS Laxman
    R Dravid
    SR Tendulkar*
    SC Ganguly

    HH Kanitkar
    R Vijay Bharadwaj
    A Kumble
    AB Agarkar
    J Srinath
    BKV Prasad

    seems ok, what happened to this team back then ?
    Dravid was dire in that series. Laxman was dire till the Sydney test where he played a gem. Prasad, Agarkar were generally poor bowlers and Kumble did not get much returns from the Aussie pitces.

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