I read those peak stats and the one that jumped out at me was Mike Gatting averaging 61 over a 50 match period.... jesus he must have been rubbish for the rest of his career....
Gatting was a bit before my time, I can only vaguely remember him. He seemed such a compact and organised batsman, especially assured against spin.
That is wrong. Gatting averaged a peak of 44.36 over 50 matches from 1981-1987 as far as I can tell. Averaged 22 either side of that.
Wasn't a great player but tbf to him once he mastered the concept that shouldering arms and padding away inswingers was a piss poor idea he became a reliable performer for a few years
A recent thread got me thinking, about the best XI you could make from a specific time period. From the early 30's
Hobbs sadly, had to be excluded, as he had retired from tests before O'Reilly's debut. So I guess this is the best XI circa 1932.
who will win the test championship if we had the five top teams from the last 40 years battling against each other?
74 to 82
82 to 90
90 to 98
98 to 06
06 to 13
90 to 98 looks really strong
So does 98-06
Geez there are some great sides there - the 06-13 lot are the only ones who really look out of their depth, and even then that's probably a little unfair as they're all still mid-career. There's very little to split the first four teams though.
Compartmentalising it, for what it's worth:
Openers: 74-82 to grind it out on a difficult batting wicket, 98-06 to go absolutely berko on a road
Middle-order: 90-98, just ever-so-slightly shading 74-82
All-rounder: 74-82 - Beefy's decline doesn’t come into it with the '82 cut-off
Pace attack: 82-90 - there are four great pace attacks there, but Marshall-Hadlee-Imran-Garner is absolutely ****ing ridiculous
Spinner: 90-98 or 98-06, take your pick
Overall? Absolutely no idea, but I'd love to watch it happen.
Was thinking of 3 sides. Australasia, Asia and the rest of the world. Probably missed a couple obvious people but here they are.
Blasphemy right here, but I could probably drop Miller and put Border in... but that weakens the bowling somewhat.
Not much to say here. Could put in a specialist keeper, but, Sanga's batting is excellent.
Rest of the World
Wasn't comfortable putting Barnes in over Laker. Obviously controversial middle order, Headley, Richards and Lara unlucky to miss out.
Would be some interesting matchups imo. What do you guys think? Pretty hard to separate them but I think Australasia has the slightest of edges.
Kapil's pretty capable at #7, especially with Imran at #8 and Wasim at #9. All the bowling attacks are very good, but that Asia XI one is awesome. Has everything bar a leggie.
Is this team better than the one in my sig?
Barry Richards ^
Don Bradman *
Viv Richards ^
Garry Sobers (5) ^
Allan Knott *
Imran Khan (3)
Malcolm Marshall (1)
Muttiah Muralitharan (4)
Glenn McGrath (2)
Was thining this better suited to playing all over the world including the SC. Richards over Hutton because with Warne ommitted, a third specialist slip is needed, plus all who say him said he was the best and brings imputus to the top order. Hobbs and the middle order are just a class above for me, so no need for change there. Gilchrist is the best keeper batsman, and he mastered keeping to Warne, hence he was an automatic, Murali is a totally different proposition and feel Knott would be better suited, plus he was no mugg with the bat either and batted in a more difficult era to Gilly. Still can't fathom a better pace attack that Marshall, McGrath and Imran and only Amby and probably Lillee would challenge.