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    Quote Originally Posted by harsh.skm View Post
    But this does not make any sense, sir. If you knew, a priori, that you would be choosing the selected players at their very best, rather than not having a choice which version of them will walk out, then why would you not pick the person who had the highest peak, like Waqar, Botham and Lara compared to Wasim, Miller and Sachin, for example? There is no incentive to take into account the entire career during selection if you are going to then choose them at their best. Or am I being thick here?
    yeah exactly, you don't pick them assuming that they'll be playing at their peak. There's no logic otherwise.

    it's the whole career.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrPrez View Post
    For the SA one I guess I can see your Pollock stance even though every bone in me feels outraged at Steyn not getting a game

    Taylor or Amla for the 6th spot for mine though, we already have Kallis as a genuine fifth bowler - Faulkner at 6 over a genuine batsman when we have Kallis doesn't do it for me. It feels a bit like de ja vu with the whole Miller debate.
    If I was going to play anyone at 6, it'd be Taylor or De Villiers - Amla's got to be in the top order for me, it's his zone. I really do think Steyn's done enough to be in the side too, it's just that team balance comes before personal preference here.
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    How I rank my teams at a glance

    Batting
    Australia
    South Africa
    England
    West Indies
    India
    Pakistan

    Bowling
    Australia
    Pakistan
    South Africa
    West Indies
    England
    India

    Fielding
    Australia
    West Indies
    South Africa
    England
    India
    Pakistan

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    Quote Originally Posted by centurymaker View Post
    yeah exactly, you don't pick them assuming that they'll be playing at their peak. There's no logic otherwise.

    it's the whole career.
    What myself and Watson is saying is that they are selected based on their entire career, but when we go into the time capsule to gather them all to play againts the Mars XI, once they have been selected based on their entire career, you are not going to pick Imran from '83 when he couldn't bowl, or Richards fr '90 when he was ready to and should have retired or Sachin during his early 2000's slump. That makes no sense.

    You don't pick them assuming they will be playing at their peak, but once you do pick them you want Marshall fr '83/84 not '91.
    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 | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

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


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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    What myself and Watson is saying is that they are selected based on their entire career, but when we go into the time capsule to gather them all to play againts the Mars XI, once they have been selected based on their entire career, you are not going to pick Imran from '83 when he couldn't bowl, or Richards fr '90 when he was ready to and should have retired or Sachin during his early 2000's slump. That makes no sense.

    You don't pick them assuming they will be playing at their peak, but once you do pick them you want Marshall fr '83/84 not '91.
    Ok. Say we follow this process. Then, during the initial selection of the XI, what incentive do you have to pick Wasim over Waqar? Or Sachin over Lara? Almost 0, right? This is the reason I don't pick Imran as a bowler in my XI, but prefer Hadlee coming in at number 8.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    What myself and Watson is saying is that they are selected based on their entire career, but when we go into the time capsule to gather them all to play againts the Mars XI, once they have been selected based on their entire career, you are not going to pick Imran from '83 when he couldn't bowl, or Richards fr '90 when he was ready to and should have retired or Sachin during his early 2000's slump. That makes no sense.

    You don't pick them assuming they will be playing at their peak, but once you do pick them you want Marshall fr '83/84 not '91.
    That's right. I would also say that's it is a case of fairness coming first.

    Which incidently, is why I have a problem selecting Ian Botham ahead of the other great allrounders. You have to disregard the latter half of career because it was mediocre at best. Only prior to 1983/84 did he achieve a level of greatness. And disregarding about 50% is not very good at all.
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    Tendulkar - M.Waugh - Ponting - Richards - Dhoni - Bevan - Kapil Dev - Hadlee - Akram - Garner - Muralitharan

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    Quote Originally Posted by harsh.skm View Post
    Ok. Say we follow this process. Then, during the initial selection of the XI, what incentive do you have to pick Wasim over Waqar? Or Sachin over Lara? Almost 0, right? This is the reason I don't pick Imran as a bowler in my XI, but prefer Hadlee coming in at number 8.
    All selection processes follow the personal tastes and preferences of the selector to some degree. In other words, there is no such thing as a purely objective selection process, although some experts come closer than others.

    So for example; a selector who has a conservative personality will automatically feel more content with Sachin because is a steady reliable player as well as being brilliant.

    Likewise, personalities who enjoy risk taking, and are the opposite of conservative, will be more likely to choose a more mercurial player like Brian Lara.

    Indeed, logic sometimes gets left behind (a rightly so) as we choose our teams. In other words, selecting an ATG batsman can be like selecting a girlfriend. You don't know exactly why you like her, you just do, end of story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    All selection processes follow the personal tastes and preferences of the selector to some degree. In other words, there is no such thing as a purely objective selection process, although some experts come closer than others.

    So for example; a selector who has a conservative personality will automatically feel more content with Sachin because is a steady reliable player as well as being brilliant.

    Likewise, personalities who enjoy risk taking, and are the opposite of conservative, will be more likely to choose a more mercurial player like Brian Lara.

    Indeed, logic sometimes gets left behind (a rightly so) as we choose our teams. In other words, selecting an ATG batsman can be like selecting a girlfriend. You don't know exactly why you like her, you just do, end of story.
    Ok, even though what you have said above is completely true, I don't think you have addressed my original concern.

    Yes, choosing the players of an ATG XI is a slightly whimsical process. But, the issue here is not that. The issue here is, if you assume, beforehand, that the players selected in the team will be performing at their peak, then this provides an incentive effect, not just to the risk takers (as you have described them), but also to the conservatives to pick Waqar and Lara (who would have otherwise picked Sachin, or Wasim).

    Don't you think so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jager View Post
    How I rank my teams at a glance

    Batting
    Australia
    South Africa
    England
    West Indies
    India
    Pakistan

    Bowling
    Australia
    Pakistan
    South Africa
    West Indies
    England
    India

    Fielding
    Australia
    West Indies
    South Africa
    England
    India
    Pakistan
    Aussies on top, big surprise Seems like a fairly big gap between the top 5 and Pakistan in batting, likewise with India in bowling.

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    I'd put NZ ahead of India in terms of bowling tbh. In fact I think they're close to the other five than they are India. Hadlee and Cowie are complete guns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    I'd put NZ ahead of India in terms of bowling tbh. In fact I think they're close to the other five than they are India. Hadlee and Cowie are complete guns.
    AWTA, and Bond too.

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    Hadlee/Cowie/Bond would be pretty epic.

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    Think it is time for the New Zealand or Sri Lankan teams Monk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harsh.skm View Post
    Ok, even though what you have said above is completely true, I don't think you have addressed my original concern.

    Yes, choosing the players of an ATG XI is a slightly whimsical process. But, the issue here is not that. The issue here is, if you assume, beforehand, that the players selected in the team will be performing at their peak, then this provides an incentive effect, not just to the risk takers (as you have described them), but also to the conservatives to pick Waqar and Lara (who would have otherwise picked Sachin, or Wasim).

    Don't you think so?
    I understand now - and yes, I think that you're correct.

    Which is why, incidently, that Shane Bond is currently getting such high praise. On good days when Bond was unimpeded by injury he was a truly great bowler. But in reality there were not enough of those good days to make an open-and-shut case. Hence we go with our instinctual feelings that he belongs in the category marked great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    Think it is time for the New Zealand or Sri Lankan teams Monk.
    Sure thing. Will do later in the week.



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