Excluding the first match a country plays or the first match they play after a long gap in time like for SA or something, what's the best XI that you can come up with picking consecutive test players to debut? You need someone to keep and some sort of balance is needed, although obviously it isn't going to be easy.
So far the best I can come up so far is..
1 Matthew HAYDEN
2 Michael SLATER
3 Justin LANGER
4 Mark WAUGH
5 Damien MARTYN
6 Wayne PHILLIPS+
7 Paul REIFFEL
8 Brendon JULIAN
9 Shane WARNE
10 Glenn MCGRATH
11 Jo ANGEL
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 | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
......TERRIFIC RATE OP SCORING.
The rate of scoring at times was simply ter- rific, and was fastest during the later stages of the partnership. Bradman scored 128 of the 192 runs added in 96 minutes, his runs including 17 fours and four sixes. His first 50 runs occupied 57 minutes, but his last 78 runs took only 39 minutes to make. Once he started to flay the attack nothing could stem the flood of runs, until eventually he threw his wicket away.
The new ball made no difference to Brad- man. Mccormick and Ebeling bowled with it, and Bradman scored three fours in Ebeling's first over with terrific drives, and from 200 the score was taken to 250 in 22 minutes. Iron- monger was called upon to endeavour to keep down the runs, but Bradman powerfully drove his first two deliveries to the fence, and then swept him to the leg boundary. Finally came his slashing attack on Fleetwood-Smith.
Seventeen runs came from one over from the young left-hander, and Bradman scored 16 of them, passing the century mark after only 87 minutes' batting. In a brief but dazzling session of big hitting Bradman roused the already enthusiastic crowd to a state of ecstasy. His first six off Fleetwood-Smith was one of the mightiest hits seen at the ground for years. Bradman was hitting with the breeze from the southern end, and the ball landed on the roof of the small northern stand, close to the sight-board. When Fleetwood- Smith bowled again Bradman was obviously out to hit out or get out and it was a sensational over. The first two balls he hit for six, the second lodging on the upper deck of the members' stand and scattering excited spectators. Off the third delivery, with his score 122, Bradman was missed in the deep field by O'Brien, the batsman declining an easy single. The fourth ball went for another six—an amazing skier on the off side. Bradman played the fifth ball, and off the sixth washeld by Darling, in the long-field. Onlookers in all parts of the ground rose and cheered the great batsman as he ran from the field.
27 Jan 1934 - BRADMAN'S GUIDANCE.
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Just as an exercise, which fast bowling combo of the two would you prefer?
A - McGrath, Ambrose and Wasim
B - Steyn, Donald and Waqar
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See what you are getting at here, s/r vs e/r. The fact though that Ambrose and McGrath out classes Donald and Waqar still means that I will also go with A.
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Representative of all modern eras ATXI
1880-00 era: Dr WG Grace
1900-1915 era: Sydney Barnes
1910-1930 era: Sir Jack Hobbs
1930-50 era: Sir Donald Bradman
1945-60 era: Sir Len Hutton
1960-75 era: Sir Garfield Sobers
1975-85 era: Sir Vivian Richards
1985-92 era: Malcolm Marshall
1992-00 era: Shane Warne
2000-07 era: Adam Gilchrist
2007-present era: Dale Steyn
So the team becomes:
Hobbs | Hutton | Bradman | Viv | Grace | Sobers | Gilly | Marshall | Warne | Steyn | Barnes
Care to further this??
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1880-00 era: Spofforth
1900-1915 era: Trumper
1910-1930 era: Sutcliffe
1930-50 era: Hammond
1945-60 era: Miller
1960-75 era: Barrington
1975-85 era: Imran
1985-92 era: Hadlee
1992-00 era: A. Flower
2000-07 era: Murali
2007-present era: Kallis
The team is....
A. Flower +
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We should do a team based on players who have played each 100 tests in international cricket or something like that.. It is an half assed idea I just now had as I opened this thread.. But maybe someone with better follow up skills can take it up
What I meant was the latest Ashes test was test # 2094.. So say we can pick one player each from the first 200 tests, next 200 and so on.. How will the team look? We can pick the 11th player from the latest 94..
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Well in that case we get
1. Up to December 1930
2. January 1931 - February 1955
3. February 1955 - December 1965
4. January 1966 - February 1977
5. February 1977 - October 1984
6. November 1984 - July 1992
7. July 1992 - December 1997
8. December 1997 - February 2002
9. February 2002 - March 2006
10. March 2006 - July 2011
11. July 2011 on
So if I were to pick a best player from each of those periods I'd probably go
1. Jack Hobbs (1)
2. Don Bradman (2)
3. Ricky Ponting (9)
5. Sachin Tendulkar (8)
5. Viv Richards (5)
6. Garry Sobers (3)
7. Jacques Kallis (10)
8. Alan Knott (4)
9. Malcolm Marshall (6)
10. Shane Warne (7)
11. Dale Steyn (11)
Yeah I got most of the way to the end before discovering I needed bowlers. Cbf to fix it though
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