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    I'm amazed no one has mentioned SF Barnes for England, devastating, potentially make them world beaters and properly competitive in the subcontinent.

    Warned for aus without question, I'd make him skipper too.

    Sobers.

    Imran Khan easily.

    Murali

    A lot of people say kapil but I'm not sure a quality spinner wouldn't be better, prasanna or chandra.

    Hadlee. But Martin Crowe in with a shout too.

    Mike Proctor, or maybe Barry Richards.

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    A very interesting question, posed at this time. After all most of the time Aussies would have to choose Bradman, but with their lack of spinning options, Benaud, Warne, O'reilly, Grimmet and Warne must come into it. I'd go for Benaod if I were them, gives you spin and strenghtens the batting line-up.

    Hammond, as others have said must be ours, we still need to score runs from six, but would be a useful fifth bowler.

    Van Der Bijl for Saffies surely, struggling for a third seamer after Morne and Dale, and he'd be a perfect foil to them.
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    Hadlee, then Cairns, then Crowe for me. Bond and Turner didn't play enough, we need some good regulars.
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    Cairns wouldn't be better than Crowe IMO. I thought Crowe was a more than decent captain as well
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    Quote Originally Posted by grecian View Post
    Van Der Bijl for Saffies surely, struggling for a third seamer after Morne and Dale, and he'd be a perfect foil to them.
    Speaking as someone who never saw Van der Bijl, what makes you say that?

    They need a better opener to partner Smith as well - I'd say they'd go for Barry Richards.
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    Given the state of their spin bowling options the Saffers might be tempted by Aubrey Faulkner, or even Hugh Tayfield

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    Quote Originally Posted by pup11 View Post
    Given the predicament of our side I think we need a good leader like AB, in the past he built an Australian side pretty much from scratch under his leadership which laid the foundation for Australian dominance of international cricket for the next couple of decades, also as a batsman he is an Australian great so he without doubt would be great addition to the current Australian side.
    I think we need someone who can score ten trillion runs whilst asleep more, tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Given the state of their spin bowling options the Saffers might be tempted by Aubrey Faulkner, or even Hugh Tayfield
    Good solid choice there
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    Good to see you around again a bit more JB - long may it last!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by wellAlbidarned View Post
    Hadlee, then Cairns, then Crowe for me. Bond and Turner didn't play enough, we need some good regulars.
    41 tests and 455 first class matches isn't enough for Turner?
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    Well yeah Tendy is probably better than Bradman, but Bradman was 70 years ago, if he grew up in the modern era he'd still easily be the best. Though he wasn't, can understand the argument for Tendy even though I don't agree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    I think we need someone who can score ten trillion runs whilst asleep more, tbh.
    I tend to agree with this. If I hadn't made a joke post earlier then you can't really have anyone other than the Don. I am not sure anything is as significant as knowing the bloke turning up to bat at 3 is probably going to make 100. No wet tracks around for him to under-perform on these days either.

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    I mean, grit and toughness is all well and good but it pales so so so much in comparison to having a batsman who is an even chance of scoring a century every time he bats.

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    Australia - Warne (need a spinner. Bradman's obviously better, but our batting stocks >>>> our spinning stocks)
    Bangladesh - NFI
    England - Botham (gives them a 5th bowling option and is IMO a better bat than Morgan)
    India - Dev (gives them a 5th bowling option and a quality pacer that doesn't get injured)
    New Zealand - Hadlee (obvious reasons)
    Pakistan - Imran (strong leader)
    South Africa - Donald (gives them a good 3rd seamer. Plenty of options here though)
    Sri Lanka - Murali (their best bowler by far)
    West Indies - there actually don't seem to be that many gaping holes at full strength. But there's like a million players that would enhance the side. So take your pick.
    Zimbabwe - Streak (no experienced quicks)
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    Surely WI, given their batting stocks, would go straight for Sobers or Viv.

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