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    If Australia and New Zealand were one country

    In a hypothetical world Australia and New Zealand joined together and became one country with NZ becoming a seventh state of Australia. Among other things such as the debate over the Pavlova/Rusell Crowe etc that would finally be over this as a result would affect the sports teams from both countries. Say now the international cricket team was then selected from both countries into one hybrid eleven if you like. If you were in charge of the selecting duties who would you pick in your T20/One Day International/Test teams.

    You can pick players from anywhere within their respective domestic teams as well as the current international players.

    To give you a start here are the New Zealand/Australia Test teams from their last international outing in the format.


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    1st Test: New Zealand v Pakistan at Hamilton, Jan 7-9, 2011 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

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    5th Test: Australia v England at Sydney, Jan 3-7, 2011 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

    What would your One Day teams and T20 teams look like?


    I guess you could do this with other teams as well. Australia and New Zealand have had this sort of discussion on this topic before though.

    Just a reminder
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    New Zealand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Tests:

    Katich
    Watson
    Ponting
    Clarke
    Ryder
    Hussey
    Haddin
    Vettori
    Johnson
    Harris
    Hilfenhaus

    Could potentially see Taylor coming in for Clarke or McCullum coming in as an opener but he's not tested enough.

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    Haha I was thinking about this not long ago actually - Australia's main problems are finding a spinner who can contribute to the team as part of a five man attack, and the middle order. Those are really the only two things the New Zealand team has pretty well sorted at the moment. Slot Vettori and any two of Ryder/Taylor/Williamson into the Australian Test team and it'd solve a lot. Not saving Vettori is a strike spinner but he could certainly play a role in a five man attack with Watson, and his batting and experience would provide great balance to the team (he's good enough to play Test cricket as a batsman alone in most teams really).
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    I'm thinking hypothetically... I wouldn't support it at all but it's nice to consider what would happen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
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    If we were forced into making an Oceania XI (with both countries remaining very separate), I would field:

    Ingram
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    Taylor
    Weston
    Oram
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    Milne

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    Test team

    1. Shane Watson
    2. Brendon McCullum
    3. Michael Clarke
    4. Ross Taylor
    5. Michael Hussey
    6. Jesse Ryder
    7. Brad Haddin +
    8. Daniel Vettori (c)
    9. Mitchell Johnson
    10. Ryan Harris
    11. Ben Hilfenhaus

    Assuming Katich and Ponting are pretty much in the retiring stage.

    Awesome team. Only really the bowling line up that is missing something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike5181 View Post
    Test team

    1. Shane Watson
    2. Brendon McCullum
    3. Michael Clarke
    4. Ross Taylor
    5. Michael Hussey
    6. Jesse Ryder
    7. Brad Haddin +
    8. Daniel Vettori (c)
    9. Mitchell Johnson
    10. Ryan Harris
    11. Ben Hilfenhaus

    Assuming Katich and Ponting are pretty much in the retiring stage.

    Awesome team. Only really the bowling line up that is missing something.
    Martin's batting.

    Would take Martin's bowling over Hilf as well.

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    In a hypothetical world India and China can just encircle Australia and annex its land. India and China needs resources to keep expanding at the rate it has. They have population but soon the resources will dry up. The next "World War" might not even involve the US.

    Test team -

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    3. Usman Khawaja
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    5. Jesse Ryder
    6. VVS Laxman
    7. MS Dhoni + (c)
    8. H Singh
    9. Mitchell Johnson
    10. Zaheer Khan
    11. Doug Bollinger


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flem274* View Post
    Martin's batting.

    Would take Martin's bowling over Hilf as well.
    Siddle and Bollinger > both.

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    I'd say....

    Watson
    Katich
    Ponting
    Hussey
    Clarke
    Ryder
    Haddin
    Vettori
    Johnson
    Bollinger
    Siddle

    Harsh on Taylor, but he's not quite as good as Clarke or Hussey.
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