a XI made up of great players who played less that 40 tests
wg grace (c)
jock cameron (wk)
My all-nation xi :
6. Flower A *
7. Imran Khan
8. Shakib al Hasan
A side of players who played at least one test, but no more than 10.
1. Richards B
2. Dempster S
3. Russell C
4. Jackson A
5. Donnelly M
6. Irvine L *
7. Procter M
8. Amar Singh
9. Appleyard R
10. Cowie J
11. Iverson J
A lot of old-timers in the eleven, which is I guess to be expected.
Modern players who make the grade will very quickly get into double-figures of matches. A more modern (80s+) era side :
Arnott, Love, Law, Hodge, Ervine S, de Bruyn, Ashraf Ali *, Dodemaide, Kartik, Gray, Daniel
Does anyone have any insight into Lee Irvine's keeping ability? His Cricinfo profile spectacularly unspectacular
Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick
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He played for Essex for two seasons and never kept wicket for them
So more of a part-time wicketkeeper then. Shame actually, I was hoping he was a freak with the gloves and I'd just overlooked him all this time.
1. Jack Hobbs
2. Barry Richards
3. Don Bradman
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5. Gary Sobers
6. Andy Flower +
7. Shakib al Hasan
8. Imran Khan
9. Richard Hadlee
10. Bart King
11. Muttiah Muralitharan
Could swap Richards for Gavaskar and Pollock for Tendulkar.
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I think these are the best players from each test nation (Kapil=Tendulkar) in fairly normal positions.
1. Jack Hobbs (Eng)
3. Don Bradman (Aus)
4. Graham Pollock (SA)
5. Garry Sobers (WI)
6. Andy Flower (Zim)
7. Kapil Dev (Ind)
8. Imran Khan (Pak)
9. Al Hasan (Ban)
10. Richard Hadlee (NZ)
11. Muralitharan (SL)
Where does Swann rate out of all the English spinners? Rankings would be great
Off the cuff comment, and I don't know that much about him, but strikes me as a bit of a minnow basher after a cursory look at his stats.
Has been ordinary against Aust and SA, which, in my opinion, would be the big matches for an Englishman.
2nd Test: South Africa v England at Durban, Dec 26-30, 2009 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
2nd Test: Australia v England at Adelaide, Dec 3-7, 2010 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
5th Test: England v Australia at The Oval, Aug 20-23, 2009 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
2nd Test: England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 16-20, 2009 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Overall I do think it's fair to say he's done his job against those sides on the more difficult wickets for him to bowl on, taking advantage when his role changes. He hasn't been amazing, but I certainly wouldn't think it fair to say he's been "ordinary".
That said, I definitely wouldn't put him ahead of Laker, Briggs, Underwood or Verity. I'd put him in the next tier down with Rhodes and Lock.
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