Playing for any other side Faulkner would likely be a batting allrounder, but there's no doubt he was crucial to both his side's batting and bowling. During his career he took more wickets than any South African. Despite being a legspinner opened the bowling in over a third of his matches, and was first or second change for a further half.
Faulkner was a class act for sure, and as good an all-rounder as Hadlee at least. Plus, Mushtaq Mohammad, Vinoo Mankad and Richie Benaud were quite superb. And lest anyone forget......
And if you could count Sir Garfield Sobers as a spinner, then we have a winner :)
Not to get off the track, but how is the combination of Len Hutton and Barry Richards as the best ever opening partnership? Hutton was a better technician than Hobbs and Gavaskar I feel, and Richards was like Sehwag with a good technique. Wonderful combo I think. Opinions?
"A right-handed rather fast-medium bowler with a nice easy action and plenty of spin, he kept a good length and often got on a sharp off-break. "
Was looking at watson's sig, and my Aussie XI is fairly different from his.
I don't rate Simpson and Lawry as high as some people on here do, and I've seen that some people here tend to underrate Ponsford, vastly. Always rated Grimmett > O'Reilly.
I think I'd roll with something like
Trumper, Simpson, Bradman, Chappell, Border, Miller, Gilchrist, Davidson, Warne, O'Reilly, McGrath
Trying to squeeze all my favourites in to one balanced Australian team...
The corpse with pads I rate less so.
Grimmett definitely had more variety than O'Reilly, but the latter was such a unique legspinner in the pace he delivered it at and the mentality with which he bowled that I've always found it difficult to keep him out.
My Australian XI looks like this:
- Bob Simpson
- Victor Trumper
- Donald Bradman
- Greg Chappell
- Keith Miller
- Steve Waugh
- Adam Gilchrist
- Alan Davidson
- Bill O'Reilly
- Dennis Lillee
- Glenn McGrath
And it absolutely pains me to leave out the likes of Lindwall, Grimmett, Macartney, Ponting, Border, Harvey et al.
Waugh slots in between Miller and Gilchrist to play the 'Roebuck Role' - preventing Miller from being at the crease with Gilly and trying to outhit him all day.