An off-the-top-of-my head 19th Century Australian XI
There are probably a couple of obvious names I’ve overlooked – the tail is longer than ideal, but I reckon that side would go ok.
I was going to include Hugh Trumble as he played more than half his career Tests in the 1890s, but he was actually considerably more successful after the turn of the century. Harry Boyle, the Trotts and big George Bonnor also came into my considerations.
Not sure what Siddle's done that Lee didn't - the latter had a few very good years at the start and end of his career. And he'd always run in all day for you.
Just mucking around with some Australia XI's after looking at the Mike Hussey thread....
- G. Chappell
- S. Waugh
- M. Waugh
- I. Chappell
Both Hayden and Langer > Slater
First XI Second XI Third XI Fourth XI Fifth XI V Trumper A Morris M Hayden M Slater M Taylor * B Simpson A Jackson J Langer B Ponsford S Katich D Bradman * C Macartney C Hill I Chappell * D Boon G Chappell S McCabe N Harvey M Waugh N O'Neill K Miller A Border * M Clarke * D Martyn B Cowper R Ponting S Waugh M Hussey D Walters S Smith A Gilchrist + A Davidson M Noble W Armstrong I Healy + S Warne R Lindwall J Gregory B Oldfield+ R Harris D Lillee D Tallon + R Benaud H Trumble J Gillespie B O'Reilly C Grimmett J Blackham + CTB Turner G McKenzie G McGrath F Spofforth C McDermott B Johnston S MacGill
Devastated I couldn't get Peter Siddle in there.
Maybe the little dasher for the 19th century XI
Australia ATG XI
Sir Donald Bradman*
West Indies ATG XI
Sir Conrad Hunte
Sir I.V.A. Richards^
Sir Garfield Sobers(5)^
Sir Clyde Walcott+
South Africa ATG XI
Alan Donald (1)
England ATG XI
Sir Jack Hobbs
Sir Leonard Hutton
Sir Ian Botham(5)^
Pakistan ATG XI
I can understand the inevitable criticism I'll get for opening with Bradman considering Australia's depth, but I wanted to fit all the hard ****s in the middle order. If the top four fail I'd want Border and Waugh at the crease every time. I picked Miller to bat eight because he was a world class bowler and his inclusion levels up the batting from unfair to old school nintendo.
I wanted to bring in two of the most famous combinations in test cricket for this team: Haynes/Greenidge and Ambrose/Walsh. I've had to revise my opinion of Headley a bit as well after DoG's exercise. I initially thought that even though he was superb and carried a dire batting unit for years, Chanderpaul had the sheer tests under his belt and would be perfect coming in lower down to complement Sobers or play a rescue innings if the mercurial nature of some members of the top order didn't end well.
I really do like both teams. The Aus side bats properly down to friggin number 8
South Africa since readmission
A de Villiers
Would compete respectably against ATG XIs from other nations.