Marc's ratings part 5 - pace bowling
The first bowling category I'm going to look at is the strength of team's pace attacks. From best to worst I rank them as follows:
Pothas - As if it wouldn't be bad enough with Holding, McGrath and Bond coming at you, having Botham at 2nd change makes this pace attack formidable.
Pskov - 2 greats of the 80s added to the best left-arm quick in ODI history - this lot would be tricky to face.
Noble One - 5 front-line seamers to choose from, so quantity makes up for a slight lack in quality from Klusener and Harvey.
B]honestbharani[/B] - Another 4-prong attack which would work well together, and allow Waqar the chance be used when most useful.
weldone - Only 3 seamers here, and the consistency of Vaas does slightly detract from the sheer class of Ambrose and Pollock.
Cevno - Another 3 man seam team, loses out to weldone because the 3 are all behind weldone's top 2.
Himannv - Suffers from the same problem as weldone, with Mathews as 1st change.
Blakus - The back-up of Agarkar and Kallis makes this a solid quartet, albeit not spectacular enough to be higher up.
G.I.Joe - Unlike Noble One's 5 men, G.I.Joe suffers from a relative lack of star quality, only Lee really being able to compete with the best.
Somerset - Even assuming Sobers is the 3rd seamer, this side is weaker than the rest for me.
Marc's ratings part 6 - spin bowling
Next in line is the quality of spinners, from best to worst I rank them as follows:
Somerset - A 3 prong attack spearheaded by Warne and containing the relatively unreadable Mendis is the strongest spin team for me.
Himannv - The only other team with more than 1 frontline spinner, and with Murali backed up by a more than capable Shakib, that puts this team as next best for me.
Pskov - As we're now comparing single spinners I had to rank them directly - Saqlain's formidable record puts him 3rd.
Cevno - Qadir strikes me as more of a wicket-taking bowler than a container, and I prefer that sort of bowler.
weldone - Kumble falls down for his relative lack of wickets, hence in the middle of the pack for me.
Noble One - If treated as what he should be thought of, Afridi would probably get more respect from the general cricket public. His batting seems to stop that happening though.
Pothas - Hogg was surprisingly effective for one reason or another, more than likely owing to the team he played in.
Blakus - The cult of Swanneh isn't enough for him to seriously challenge others in this draft, yet.
honestbharani - Price doesn't concede many runs, but then again he doesn't get many wickets.
G.I.Joe - In the absence of any other realistic options, I've called Harris a spinner, and also the worst one almost by default.
Marc's ratings part 7 - back-up bowling
These are the one's you wouldn't be expecting to bowl 10 overs every game. From best to worst, I rank them as follows:
Cevno - 4 different options here, spearheaded by Chris Gayle and the in my mind under-rated Gregg Chappell.
Himannv - Another one with 4 options, would be particularly handy on turning wickets here.
G.I.Joe - Waugh can bowl a bit of seam-up or off spin, and Sehwag and especially Richards add more under-rated spin.
Pskov - Kemp is almost a front-line bowler, and Symonds variety adds to the options here.
weldone - Jayasuriya and Waugh could arguably be higher up the list, but for me Waugh didn't bowl enough in the majority of his career.
Blakus - Only really Hooper is a part-time bowler, but his off-spin was quite a consistent weapon when other things had been tried and didn't work.
Noble One - As a seam bowler, I possibly don't rate Ganguly very high because of having to bowl so much in the sub-continent. Smith just doesn't seem to bowl, which is a bit of a surprise for me.
honestbharani - Getting into the realms of the weak here, and it's only because of the number of options that I put this one above the bottom 2, although in truth Ponting, Chanderpaul and Hussey wouldn't worry any top batsman (or for that matter many tailenders)
Pothas - See the above comments for Trescothick and Yuvraj.
Somerset - For the 2nd time, Somerset gets a last place because of Michael Vaughan.
Marc's ratings part 8 - wicket-keeping
This is quite a tricky one to split to be honest, so my order may not agree to others but if we all agreed it would be boring! From highest to lowest:
Pothas - Gilchrist
Blakus - Dhoni
Noble One - McCullum
weldone - Boucher
Cevno - Haddin
Himannv - Kaluwitherana
Pskov - Stewart
Somerset - Flower
honestbharani - de Villiers
G.I.Joe - Dravid