If you were that old, and that kind, and the very last of your kind, you couldn't just stand back and watch children cry.
How about Garner/Holding over Tayfield?
Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
1 Jack Hobbs
2 Barry Richards
3 Don Bradman
4 Brian Lara
5 Viv Richards
6 Garry Sobers
7 Adam Gilchrist
8 Mike Procter
9 Richard Hadlee
10 Malcolm Marshall
11 Shane Warne
wasn't sure on lara ahead of tendulkar, chappell and pollock but he pipped the rest for his consistency across the world, ability to dominate, ability to bat long innings, ability to save the team and being one of the greatest against spin.
hadlee was a toss up between him and waqar, donald or lillee but hadlee made it for being the better overall cricketer, an all time great fast bowler who can bat quite well, pretty much bowled well everywhere except in pakistan.
warne like hadlee made it over murali due to his all around cricket on offer. one of if not the best spinner ever, can bat a bit and a great slipper.
maybe swap procter for waqar.
But I think you are wrong about having Mushtaq Mohammad in the side. If you want a spinner-allrounder, then Vinoo Mankad is a much better choice at the expense of Bedi or Kumble. Both Mushtaq and Vinoo bowled in 70 innings (57 tests for Mushtaq, and 44 tests for Vinoo), and Mushtaq fetched only 79 wickets compared to Vinoo's 162 wickets. Mushtaq was a better batsman, but I think Vinoo will add more to the side (he scored 2109 runs, averages 31.47 with 5 centuries, a highest of 231).
- G. Greenidge
- L. Hutton
- D. Bradman
- B. Lara
- V. Richards
- G. Sobers
- A. Gilchrist
- I. Khan
- W. Akram
- S. Warne
- D. Lillee
If you are determined to pick an allrounder at 6 then I can see why you went with him, as I said though, I would personally just play the extra batsman.
Especially since Murali could hold down an end all day. Will give it some thought. Three good options regardless, Dravid, Mankad and Mushtaq.
I think Mushtaq is a very under-rated player and I certainly don't think he looks out of place in that eleven, but I think I'd go for a completely different balance. I'd give Sanga the gloves. Sangakkara was/is actually an excellent wicket keeper; the reason he doesn't keep is the fact that he's a much better batsman when he focuses on that alone. The overall batting of the Sri Lankan Test side is improved by replacing the worst batsman with another wicket keeper, pushing Sanga up the order and taking the gloves off him. Here, however, it's highly debatable whether he's actually better than Dravid as a batsman in the first place, so you don't lose anything in the batting by giving him the gloves; if fact the batting improves as he's a far better batsman even with the gloves than Engineer, and likely as good as wicket keeper (I say likely as I never actually saw Engineer keep, but I'm big fan of Sanga as a gloveman).
Having the keeper at six opens up a new balance option; Imran can bat seven, Kapil can bat eight and another spinner (take your pick from any of the great Indian spinners) can come in for Waqar.
10 Kumble/your choice of spinner
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isn't Waqar a much better option than any of the other random spinners that you want to insert at 10?
He is, and also better than Dev.
I question all this talk of spin bowling all-rounders when Sir Ravi Jadeja gets no mention!!
I'd keep Kapil in the team. Adds a lot more than what people give him credit for. True match winner.
I'd open with Engineer tbh, balances the side well.
Imran Khan +
Team bats to 9. And that bowling attack, hell yeh.
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