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    Three horse race to be the best team in the world?

    Hi everyone,

    With the series draw between South Africa and India, and England's victory in the Ashes, is it a three way shoot out to see who is the best? For my money it is too even to call, a draw between SA and Eng last time (although England were slightly fortunate) and now India and SA drawing, is this summer critical in finding the best side once and for all?

    If you had to name a test side using players only from these three who would they be?

    Thanks!

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    Welcome to CW.

    It certainly looks to be a 3-team contest at the moment, and the upcoming India-England series will reveal a lot.

    EngSafInd Team :

    Sehwag
    Strauss (c)
    Amla
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Laxman
    Dhoni
    Swann
    Anderson
    Zaheer
    Steyn
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    The XI:-

    Sehwag
    Cook
    Kallis
    Tendulkar
    AbDv
    Laxman
    Dhoni(C)
    Swann
    Zaheer
    Steyn
    Anderson
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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketea View Post
    Thanks very much!

    How do you assess the weaknesses of England? I mean they look a pretty damn solid team, and whoever they bring in for Colly will have pretty big shoes to fill?
    It is always easier to integrate a new batsman into a confident, winning team.. so England should be OK on that count. I don't follow English domestic cricket enough to have an opinion on who should replace Collingwood. Morgan is around the setup but his FC numbers aren't that great and he could turn out to be a better fit for the shorter format.


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    Senglindica XI:

    Sehwag
    Cook
    Kallis
    Tendulkar
    ABDV
    Laxman
    Dhoni
    Swann
    Zaheer
    Steyn
    Anderson

    vs RoW?

    Watson
    Gayle
    Sangakkara
    Jayawardne
    Chanderpaul
    Haddin
    Shakib
    Johnson
    Gul
    Siddle
    Roach

    No contest.
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    Sehwag
    Strauss (c)
    Amla
    Tendulkar
    Kallis
    Laxman
    Dhoni
    Swann
    Anderson
    Zaheer
    Steyn
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    give 21yo smith a break. bradmans figures for his first few tests were comparable.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketea View Post
    Good point, although I would prefer to see an English five man attack with the way Tremlett has come in and replaced Broad.

    And what of the other two? Is there room for Dravid despite his recent form in the indian side against England?
    Well, there is no easy answer to the Dravid question as this thread shows. Personally, I think he will be replaced when India lose a series somewhere down the line (unless he chooses to retire after a successful one like Collingwood did).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Howe_zat View Post
    RoW?

    Watson
    Gayle
    Sangakkara
    Jayawardne
    Chanderpaul
    Haddin
    Shakib
    Johnson
    Gul
    Siddle
    Roach

    No contest.
    Malinga in for Gul and Mendis in for Siddle in that lineup. Maybe Tamim for Twatto.
    Last edited by M0rphin3; 07-01-2011 at 10:02 AM.

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    India-England-South Africa eleven

    1) Alastair Cook
    2) Virender Sehwag
    3) Hashim Amla
    4) Sachin Tendulkar
    5) Jacques Kallis
    6) VVS Laxman
    7) MS Dhoni
    8) Graeme Swann
    9) James Anderson
    10)Zaheer Khan
    11)Dale Steyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by M0rphin3 View Post
    Malinga in for Gul and Mendis in for Siddle in that lineup. Maybe Tamim for Twatto.
    Yeah all fair points. Though, Malinga seems out of favour in Tests, perhaps it's a fitness issue.

    I certainly like Tamim but Twatto's having a good run. Mendis/Siddle may depend on conditions (and Malinga-Roach-Mendis would be a nightmare tail with 5 batsmen).

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    Quote Originally Posted by cricketea View Post
    is this summer critical in finding the best side once and for all?
    There is no such thing. The next series is always 'the big one'. If England win in the summer, the 'big one' will be when they tour India or SA again, and vice versa.

    Unless and until there is a WI and/or Australia, it's all about who is ahead today based on results.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vcs View Post
    It is always easier to integrate a new batsman into a confident, winning team.. so England should be OK on that count. I don't follow English domestic cricket enough to have an opinion on who should replace Collingwood. Morgan is around the setup but his FC numbers aren't that great and he could turn out to be a better fit for the shorter format.
    Morgan will definitely replace him, and I'm not just saying that as a fanboy. He is clearly favoured by the England setup currently, is obviously talented, and one for the future. He may fail, but its pretty obvious he's going to get a run in the test side. Even if he does poorly, it doesn't seem like it would hurt England much. Its logical that he will come in.

    Collingwood actually started out as a oneday player too so the comparison is fair.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    There is no such thing. The next series is always 'the big one'. If England win in the summer, the 'big one' will be when they tour India or SA again, and vice versa.

    Unless and until there is a WI and/or Australia, it's all about who is ahead today based on results.
    Yeah, I agree with this.

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    Looks like the bowling line up in this fantasy Ind/SA/Eng side is set in stone.

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