Great to see Lindsay Hassett in those aussie sides. :)
Will stick the teams in my sig, just two notes.
One reason for me why Warne is a lock for me is that bowling or batting being equal, any eztra quality one has would make the difference, and the fact that Warne was a much better bat aside, much more importantly with Warne not in the first team it forces Tendulkar or someone else equally unaccostomed and unsuited into the cordon.
Greg Chappell is really under rated, in WSC he averaged just about the same as Viv and his test career was just spectacular added to his graceful batting was his useful legspin and he was probably the best second slip of all time. He was to Viv as Lara was to Tendulkar, not that far behind and some thought the better player.
My third XI would definitely contain Tendulkar. In a few months he might be in my 1st XI. All subjective!
- Arthur Morris
- Herb Sutcliffe
- Ricky Ponting
- Sachin Tendulkar
- Victor Trumper
- Jaques Kallis
- Adam Gilchrist
- Michael Holding
- Fred Trueman
- Glenn McGrath
- Clarrie Grimmett
No Murali in any of your top three Monk?
Post Expo 88 Team
1. Mark TAYLOR (c)
2. Matthew HAYDEN
3. Ricky PONTING
4. Mark WAUGH
5. Michael CLARKE
6. Steve WAUGH
7. Adam GILCHRIST +
8. Peter SIDDLE
9. Shane WARNE
10. Jason GILLESPIE
11. Glenn MCGRATH
- Siddle favoured over McDermott, Lee, Hughes, Johnson for his ability to take key wickets.
- Terrific fielding unit and brilliant captain
- This lineup has lost 0 matches as a unit, so its unlikely they would ever lose a Test match. :dry:
I don't think any opening bat from Australia (that fits the criteria) could have performed the role that Hayden performed as successfully so he is a pretty safe bet for me, as much as I like Boon.
No worries about McDermott, great bowler.
how could you prefer Siddle over McDermott
McDermott was a very good bowler
Its very easy for me to prefer Sid, but even looking objectively for a minute (and only a minute) there records are almost identical:
Records aren't the only thing to consider, its team dynamics and since I've already included a terrific opening ball pairing in McGrath and Gillespie I'm happy to select a bowler used to bowling first change like Siddle and I like how often he takes important wickets.