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    Okay. This is not a glamorous list for my purpose is different.

    James Pycroft, CB Fry, Monty Noble, Learie Constantine, Jack Fingleton and Trevor Bailey.

    With the exception of Pycroft they all played cricket at the highest level and between them they have written on cricket with great insight covering the entire Test match era and a bit before. I would like to wrack their brains for most of the answers that I seek illumination on.

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    Certainly a tough question, but if it were up to me, it would be:

    Hedley Verity - I would love to know what it was like in the 1930's, the type of cricket played and bowling to Sir Donald Bradman. Verity should know, he had Bradman's measure (FTR Verity got Bradman out 8 times, more then any other bowler)
    Courtney Walsh - Would like to know his thoughts on fast bowling etc. and who out of Marshall, Hadlee, Lillee, McGrath were the best ever.
    Sir Viv Richards - 'Nuff said.
    Sir Neville Cardus - It would be a pleasure to listen to one of cricket's greatest ever writers. If he were alive today (and for the purpose of this exercise is that he is), I would love to hear what he would say about T20, the UDRS etc.
    Sir Garry Sobers - It would be great to the greatest all-round cricketer over for dinner.

    I suppose I would have a sunday roast with beer , rum, scotch (sobers drink of choice) all on tap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goughy View Post
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    Dont know why especially with two almost teatotalers (who funnily enough dislike each other)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    Certainly a tough question, but if it were up to me, it would be:


    Courtney Walsh - Would like to know his thoughts on fast bowling etc. and who out of Marshall, Hadlee, Lillee, McGrath were the best ever.

    what about his batting skills ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Is that Tyson and Appleyard?
    Appleyard and Boycott
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    Fantastic thread idea Burgey, So many to choose from but I reckon I’d have:

    Don Bradman - To say hello to and shake the hand of God. I don’t think I would mind if he left after two minutes and no one else showed up, it would still be the best night ever.

    Keith Miller – Once I’d broken the news that it would be an all male dinner table and convinced him to come anyway, he’d keep us all spellbound with his tales of cricket, flying and women while drinking the place dry.

    CB Fry – If Neville Cardus is to be believed, it’s eminently possible that no one else would get a word in once Fry got going. Moreover, when you look at his CV and life story, I don’t think anyone would care a jot. He was offered the Kingdom of Albania FFS.

    Fred Trueman – Arguably the most quotable man in cricket, I’d be trying to write down his every quip and observation to pass of as my own at some point in the future.

    Frank Worrell – Alan Davidson put it best: capital S, capital I, capital R. It would be an honour and a privilege to shake his hand.

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    Matthew Hayden, Kevin Pietersen, Sir Donald Bradman, Shane Warne and Jacques Kallis.

    Tendulkar, Lara and Ponting all have poor table manners tbh.

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    Hmm, tough one. I'd look for people who not only have tremendous stories with regards to the game, but also those of characters who were almost larger than the game...

    For me:

    Warne
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    - Bradman : A chance to see God. Wow!

    - Sir Frank Worrell

    - Sir Gary Sobers

    - Arthur Morris

    - Sachin Tendulkar

    To be honest, these guys aren't exactly all my favourite players. I've been in the presence of Shane Warne before for an extended period of time and I just stared right at him most of the time in shock. However, it'd be so fascinating just to know what they think about cricket, history and their different viewpoints. In fairness, if only Bradman turned up and just said 'hello' (Thanks 12th Man), I'd still die a happy man

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    Great thread - Freddie Flintoff has to be one of the five for definite!

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    Quote Originally Posted by pasag View Post
    Ponting, Gavaskar, Neil Harvey, Botham and Ian Chappell

    All you need is the popcorn and you're set.
    Most of these guys are thick as hell though. The conversation would be two steps below this board.

    In this scenario I'd want people with interesting stories and brains, often amazing sportsmen are unbelievably dull as personalities. I'd have to consider this one.

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    I'd invite the Panama womens cricket team.

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