In modern times there have been some great contests between individual players from opposing teams. Any contest between Steve Waugh and Curtly Ambrose was always great to watch. I also looked forward to seeing Dennis Lillee bowling to Vivian Richards or Greg Chappell taking on Richard Hadlee. Even Allan Border merely surviving against Malcolm Marshall with Gus Logie at short leg had its own drama.
However, we will never be able to witness Muttiah Muralitharan bowl his doosra to Victor Trumper. Nor will ever see Vivian Richards try to belt Sydney Barnes out if the attack. We can only speculate how Sachin Tendulkar would cope with an hour of Bill O'Reilly at the SCG. Then there is Jack Hobbs and Herbert Sutcliffe against Allan Donald in Cape Town. I wouldn't mind watching WG Grace try to hit Glen McGrath over the fence at Lords either. What would Len Hutton make of Wasim Akram? The list is endless......
However, if I had a time-machine I would first like to go back to 1930 and ask a young Donald Bradman to join me before forwarding to the West Indies in 1980 to pick up Michael Holding. These two greats would be my match-up made in heaven.
Who would you choose?