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    Quote Originally Posted by archie mac View Post
    Throw in Gooch, Emburey and Boycott and I wonder if it would have been enough to half the series against the Aussies in 82-83
    Must have helped to have had two proper openers.

    Still, the absence of Alderman in 1985 for the same reason must trump the absence of Gooch in 1982/3, who hadn't done a thing against Aus at that stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    I suppose we may have been spared Botham's captaincy against WI in 1980 & 1981. Apart from that, the England side in the 3rd & 4th tests against Aus in 1977 give us a fair idea of what the side may have looked like. Probably with Gooch replacing Brearley around 1978 or 1979 and Gower replacing Roope around the same time. You'd imagine that Greig would have gone to SA in 1982 though.
    I don't think Brearley would have played again after 1976 had it not been for Packer. His selection for the Indian tour was a complete nonsense unless Greig was lining up his replacement. In 1977 Boycott might have resumed his partnership with Dennis Amiss instead of replacing him. Amiss had made a double century on his return to the side only ten months previously and also did okay on the tour of India and even made runs in the Centenary Test. Boycott had to come back but Amiss was very unlucky to be dropped while a sub-standard batsman remained in the side as captain.

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