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  • Jager- Miller and some Lesser Mortals

    1 3.70%
  • smalisha- The Cornered Tigers

    1 3.70%
  • kyear2- Kyear XI

    0 0%
  • rvd619323- Dan's XI

    5 18.52%
  • zaremba- The Fists of Zaremba XI

    3 11.11%
  • Monk- Abbott's XI

    3 11.11%
  • kingkallis- CricZo XI

    1 3.70%
  • watson- The Mean Muthers

    5 18.52%
  • Himmanv- Himmanv XI

    8 29.63%
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Thread: Voting Thread- Quick ATG XI Draft- No Bradman (with a poll!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by rvd619323 View Post
    Dan's XI
    1. Sir Jack Hobbs
    2. Barry Richards
    3. Charlie Macartney
    4. Javed Miandad
    5. Douglas Jardine*
    6. Frank Woolley
    7. Clive Rice
    8. Godfrey Evans+
    9. Ray Lindwall
    10. Harold Larwood
    11. Muttiah Muralitharan

    12th Man: Hedley Verity

    Quick Overview:
    We open up with the greatest of them all, the original 'master' - Jack Hobbs.Nobody has scored more first class runs, or matched his 197 (or 199) centuries at FC level. With him is Barry Richards, a man who would most likely have become one of the ATG opening batsmen - in fact, he's remembered as one now despite only playing 4 Test matches. They would complement each other's styles, and give no chance to opposing bowlers trying to make an early breakthrough.

    Should an opening bowler get past that strong pairing, they get post-war Charlie Macartney. Once he returned from the war as a top-order batsman, he averaged ~70, and was renowned for his counterattacking play. Scoring a hundred before lunch, against a strong England side on a bad pitch is representative of his credentials. Plus, he was a great fieldsman and a sub-30 averaging slow left armer. On a turner, he would act as a third spin bowling option.

    Then, we have a middle order of Javed Miandad and Douglas Jardine. Both are fantastic players, Miandad Pakistan's best, and Jardine a very good defensive batsman who would bail the team out of trouble should they somehow find themselves staring down the barrel.

    Frank Woolley and Clive Rice are the experienced pair of all rounders at 6 and 7. Woolley was one of the all-time great county players, playing 978 FC matches, taking over 2000 wickets at a sub-20 average, with mediums and orthodox spin, and making more runs than anyone (bar Hobbs). He was also an ATG slip fieldsman, the only non-wicketkeeper to take 1000 catches. Rice was a fast bowler, averaging 22 in FC cricket, and a 40+ averaging batsman. They form a strong lower middle order, and can function as strong supporting seamers and, in the case of Woolley, a second spinner.

    Godfrey Evans comes next, arguably England's best 'pure' wicketkeeper ever. He was electric behind the stumps, finding a way to get to anything thrown at him. He was willing to come up to the stumps to almost anyone, and would be required to do this with Macartney's occasional twirlers, Woolley's mediums and spinners, and he's be more than capable of reading and keeping to Murali.

    Ray Lindwall and Harold Larwood open the bowling together, a cricketing purist's dream - very fast, very aggressive and capable of extracting movement. Larwood will forever be associated with Jardine, and as the only bowler to stop Bradman, whereas Lindwall is rated by Bradman as one of the best ever. It is worth noting Lindwall based himself off Larwood. An opening batsman would get no respite from the perfect fast bowlers. They also add lower order batting - Lindwall has 2 Test centuries, and Larwood a highest of 98.

    Muttiah Muralitharan rounds out the XI, and with 800 Test wickets to his name, can lay claim to being the best spin bowler in history. He carried Sri Lanka on his back for almost his entire career, and spun them to victory countless times. He can turn the ball both ways, and knows how to out-think a batsman.

    Hedley Verity can be summarised with one incredible achievement: 10/10. He averaged a scarcely believable 14 in First Class cricket, and was one bowler who could tame Bradman to an extent. He was a fantastic left arm orthodox spinner, and would complement Murali perfectly on a turning pitch. He was also a competent lower order batsman, who was good enough to open on occasion for England.

    Fielding from this side is of an extremely high calibre, and Jardine's leadership credentials are unmatched. He knew his field placings, studied opposition batsmen mercilessly to find (and exploit) weaknesses, and was able to get the best out of his players. Regardless of the differing perceptions of his character, he can unite and lead a team with the best of them.

    The team is flexible, with 4 seam bowling options (Larwood, Lindwall, Rice, Woolley), and 3 spinners (Muralitharan, Woolley, Macartney). Rotating bowlers would not be an issue - Murali could bowl all day, Larwood and Lindwall were tough as they come, and Woolley could hold up an end almost forever. Jardine was fantastic at rotating his bowlers as well. The line-up bats deep, and every player is proven at the highest level available to them.
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    Did a write up for my team. Heading off to gym and my mates birthday thingy so will put it up once I get home.
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    Viv, Lillee, Worrell, Holding, Pollock and Laker and not a single vote?
    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3

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    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    kyear2 - Bruce Mitchell will be my first choice opener in your team of 12.

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    Himmanv has an insane team. Others go home.

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    Yeah, would quite like to change my vote to Himannv ITBT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    Viv, Lillee, Worrell, Holding, Pollock and Laker and not a single vote?
    Which just goes to show how irrational cricket lovers are. It really is a matter of the cricket mythology you grew up with as a kid.

    In many respects, saying that "Monk's team is superior to kyear's team" is equaivalent to saying "Jospeh Turner's painting is superior to Claude Monet's painting."

    However, if I were offer some vague objectivity then I would hazard a guess and say that Jack Russell is the weak link in the equation. On the other hand Lesley Ames or Godfrey Evans conjour up wonderful mental images. Even their names sound great in comparison.
    Len Hutton - Jack Hobbs - Ted Dexter - David Gower - Walter Hammond - Frank Woolley - Ian Botham - Alan Knott - Hedley Verity - John Snow - Fred Trueman

    Victor Trumper - Bill Lawry - Don Bradman - Greg Chappell - Allan Border - Keith Miller - Adam Gilchrist - Alan Davidson - Shane Warne - Dennis Lillee - Glenn McGrath

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    Agree with the above.

    Your team is very dynamic, but the one thing that troubled me was the batting fragility from #7 - #11.

    Jack Russell was just a handy batsman, then it's all the quicks and Laker who were pretty ordinary with the bat.

    I know people say that "the batsmen are there to make the runs and it's not the lower order's job", but reality is that often a partnership with a decent # 7 or 8 (or even #9) from a # 5 or 6 batsman will be worth another 50 or 100 to the team's total.

    I don't think the batting of 9-11 matters much, but I think 7-8 is important. It was the only thing I thought was lacking in your team.

    The listing of other team's 7-8s were:

    Miller
    Tayfield

    Knott
    Imran Khan

    Rice
    Evans

    Prior
    Procter

    Ames
    Hadlee

    Botham
    Warne

    Waite
    Benaud

    Flower
    Davidson

    Having said all that, you have a brilliant line-up, and it's all a bit pedantic, but something has to swing the favour.

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    Nicely depicted Monk.

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    I understand what you mean, but as I have always said, you pick the best bowlers. Don't believe too much in the importance of the bowling all rounder, much more important to have a solid slip cordon to back them up. But do agree that ny number 7 slot could have been stronger in batting area, but Russel did average 27 with the bat, and my top 6, especially the middle order is amazingly strong.
    Oh well, was fun playing anyway.

    NB: Not whinning, just a touch surprised.

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    yep.....awt monk

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    I understand what you mean, but as I have always said, you pick the best bowlers. Don't believe too much in the importance of the bowling all rounder, much more important to have a solid slip cordon to back them up. But do agree that ny number 7 slot could have been stronger in batting area, but Russel did average 27 with the bat, and my top 6, especially the middle order is amazingly strong.
    Oh well, was fun playing anyway.

    NB: Not whinning, just a touch surprised.
    awta, plus always try and pick a superb keeper. Russell definitely has that covered
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    Gavaskar, Greenidge, Compton, Border, Gilchrist, Botham, Warne, Trueman

    All of these appeared in TOP 4 teams of ATG XI on Cricket web yet no single vote?

    *sits with kyear2 - so bro whats up?*
    CricZo XI - Draft League

    Season 1 M Hayden, G Gooch, R Dravid, W Hammond, K Pietersen, G Sobers, R Marsh (wk), R Benaud (c), D Steyn, W Hall, N Adcock

    Season 2 J Hobbs, B Richards, D Boon, H Taylor, C Lloyd (c), A Stewart (wk), T Goddard, A Davidson, H Tayfield, C Ambrose, H Griffith

    Season 3 H Sutcliffe, M Hayden, I Chappell (c), G Pollock, A Faulkner, M Hussey, D Lindsay (wk), I Botham, A Kumble, M Marshall, D Lillee

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    I'll join kk and kyear, I have Miller yet only one vote?

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