During this game he must have made Snow, Lever, Shuttleworth, Illingworth and Underwood look rather ordinary;
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“I'm writing a book on magic”, I explain, and I'm asked, “Real magic?” By real magic people mean miracles, thaumaturgical acts, and supernatural powers. “No”, I answer: “Conjuring tricks, not real magic”. Real magic, in other words, refers to the magic that is not real, while the magic that is real, that can actually be done, is not real magic.”
― Lee Siegel, 'Net of Magic: Wonders and Deceptions in India'
Perhaps Morris at his best was a higher calibre batsman than Simpson. However, Morris was eventually worked out by Bedser and Simpson averaged 56 as an opener. He also brings a couple of other dimensions that Morris lacked with his great slip fielding and occasional leg spin bowling.
Davidson very unlucky to miss out and perhaps should have been selected.
O'Reilly over Warne as he was far more successful against the best players of spin of his time (av 25 vs 47)
Anyone but Ashraful...
Many would argue Aminul Islam deserves a place but he averaged something like 14 after their first test and was never really a consistently prolific scorer even in the Birmingham league.
I personally think Nazmul Hossain is a better bowler than Shahadat but he hasn't been given the opportunity to prove himself.
Hutton over Sutcliffe as he prospered against better fast bowlers under a harsher LBW law.
Barrington/Compton is a marginal one. In the end went for weight of runs over someone with a modest record away from England.
Really wanted to include Merchant and Bedi. Unfortunately Sehwag has done enough to justify selection and with Mankad a definite pick the team looks better balanced with the variety of a legspinner.
John Reid overrated IMO.
Wasim Bari †
Many would select Zaheer Abbas but his record against quality pace bowling is woeful.
Abdul Qadir is a popular choice but he didn't have the bowling brain to adapt his game to unfamiliar conditions.
Mohammad Yousuf perhaps out of place at 3 but he is simply a higher calibre batsmen than the alternative options.
Smith/Mitchell and Steyn/Adcock were close ones. Smith selected for his captaincy and toughness, Steyn for being clearly the best bowler in the world.
Tayfield has to make way for more destructive bowlers. He was a very orthodox bowler who IMO would have been no where near as destructive in the modern era of covered pitches.
Aravinda De Silva
Asantha De Mel
Atapattu is the popular choice as opener but he was a notoriously bad starter and actually averaged just 32 against the top 8 teams.
Had difficulty splitting De Mel and Malinga but went for the former as he led the attack.
Roy Dias was considered one of the most beautiful batsmen in Asia around the time of Sri Lanka's admission to Test cricket and would have scored far more runs in a stronger team.
Some might pick me up on opening with Richards but batsmen 2-5 are simply far higher calibre than any available opener and I'm sure King Viv would have been more than capable of adapting like Sehwag has.
No point selecting a spinner if you are going to significantly weaken your attack by doing so.
Tempted to go for Roberts over Garner as the former would bring something different to the attack while the Big Bird is arguably a replica of Ambrose. In the end I resisted the temptation as it was difficult to look past a man with a bowling average of 20.
Taibu feasted on Bangladeshi bowling and his record against top 8 nations is mediocre even by Zim standards.
Strang and Blignaut over Price and Olonga for their batting.
The Rest (players not seected for their own countries All Time XI)
Most of these very unlucky to miss out on their own Countries XI.
Non Test (players not to play test cricket)
Vincent Van Der Bijl
Siddons - highest ever run scorer in the Sheffield Shield at the time he retired. Langridge - scored more first class centuries than any other non Test player. McEwan - Probably the best South African batsman not to get the opportunity to play Tests Sathasivam - considered by many sound judges to have been the best batsman they had ever seen. Nimbalkar - highest first class innings ever played by a non Test player. Rice - attacking batsman and fast-medium bowler with 48 centuries and 900 wickets in first class cricket. King - legendary American bowling allrounder. One of the first masters of swing bowling and the best player ever from a non Test nation. Van Der Bijl - his first class bowling record compares favourably with all the great Test bowlers of the 70s and 80s. Kortwright - one of the fastest bowlers ever. Goel - leading wicket taker in the Ranji trophy.
Pre Test (players from before the start of Test cricket)
Hayward over Beauclerk as he prospered in a more competitive era.
Hillyer and Willsher were unlucky to miss out on the bowling slots.
Caffyn merits consideration as an all rounder but he was a flat track bully who failed dismally on the lethal Lords wicket and his medium pace bowling lacked the penetration of the bowlers selected.
Walking Wickets (some of the worst batsmen to play Test cricket)
The Fast Men (fast scoring batsmen and very quick bowlers)
The Slow Men (stonewallers and tight bowlers)
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I lot of work there Zebs. Your World Team is one of the more interesting ones I've seen. I like it.
Having Vivian Richards open the batting is a little different, and probably one of the better ways of making room for Weekes (or Worrell if inclined) in a middle order that's already necessarily crowded with Headley, Lara, and Sobers.
Good post there, thumbs up
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You have got to earn the right to be aggressive.
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
01. Archie Jackson
02. Victor Trumper
03. Barry Richards
04. Keith Miller
05. Keith Miller
06. Keith Miller
07. Don Tallon
08. Harold Larwood
09. Harold Larwood
10. Harold Larwood
11. Hedley Verity
Last edited by watson; 24-10-2012 at 05:44 AM.
In fairness, if you selected an XI including 4 Keith Millers and 3 Harold Larwoods, you would never lose a game. Ever. Especially given Don Tallon will never miss a chance
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