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    The ATG Teams General arguing/discussing thread

    Most other threads seem to be heading in to ATG team discussion territory, and going off topic.

    Post your ATG teams here, so others can tell you why you know nothing about cricket.

    I'll kick off with my ATG Australian combo.


    1. V. Trumper
    2. B. Simpson
    3. D. Bradman
    4. G. Chappell
    5. K. Miller
    6. N. Harvey
    7 . A. Gilchrist
    8. S. Warne/ R. Lindwall
    9. D. Lillee
    10. B. O'Reilly
    11. G. McGrath

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    Change Bob Simpson to Archie Jackson and Greg Chappell to Stan Mccabe and I'm with you

    ................. and Liz Hurley for Pigeon

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    Australia XI

    Trumper
    Morris
    Bradman
    Chappell
    Border
    Miller
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lillee
    O'Reilly
    McGrath

    Very hard exclusion of Lindwall and Harvey

    Finally came to conclusion about all time England team

    England XI

    Hobbs
    Hutton
    Hammond
    May
    Compton
    Woolley
    Knott
    Larwood
    Verity
    Trueman
    Barnes
    Last edited by AndyZaltzHair; 07-09-2012 at 06:03 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fredfertang View Post
    Change Bob Simpson to Archie Jackson and Greg Chappell to Stan Mccabe and I'm with you

    ................. and Liz Hurley for Pigeon
    I can sense Miller taking a liking to Liz, and it being a problem for team morale.


    Got an England XI Fred?


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    One of the great Australia V South Africa Test matches (Capetown 1967) featuring two batting masterpieces - Simpson's 153 runs on the first day, and Pollocks 209 runs during the South African first innings. The rest of the South African first team added only 144.

    2nd Test: South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Dec 31, 1966 - Jan 5, 1967 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo

    Incidently, the tour was a disaster for the Aussies as the middle-order failed repeatedly against the South African pace attack. Simpson's series average of 48.30 was remarkable considering the pressure he was under to prop up the batting order against Peter Pollock and Trevor Goddard.
    Len Hutton - Jack Hobbs - Ted Dexter - Peter May - Walter Hammond - Frank Woolley - Ian Botham - Alan Knott - Hedley Verity - John Snow - Fred Trueman

    Victor Trumper - Bill Lawry - Don Bradman - Greg Chappell - Allan Border - Keith Miller - Adam Gilchrist - Alan Davidson - Shane Warne - Dennis Lillee - Glenn McGrath

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyZaltzHair View Post
    Australia XI

    Trumper
    Morris
    Bradman
    Chappell
    Border
    Miller
    Gilchrist
    Warne
    Lillee
    O'Reilly
    McGrath

    Very hard exclusion of Lindwall and Harvey

    Finally came to conclusion about all time England team

    England XI

    Hobbs
    Hutton
    Hammond
    May
    Compton
    Woolley
    Knott
    Larwood
    Verity
    Trueman
    Barnes
    Like the teams Andy.

    Because Woolley could bowl competent left-arm spin it does enable you to play an extra paceman and still maintain balance. What do you think?

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    Might as well post it in here, just wanted to say that I'm not a fan of when people select a batting combination who played together in an All Time team just because they were successful unless its a toss of the coin job and you have no other way to split it. I'm talking about the Lawry and Simpson opening partnership here but have seen a few other examples recently too.

    Obviously if they were successful it means they were very good/great batsman, but its just unfair for other batsman as they didn't have the opportunity or luxury to bat with someone as good.

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    I still like the fire-power of 3 genuine quicks with proven class, and different qualities. Would make the team better equiped to respond to Marshall-Holding-Ambrose should they play a WI ATG team. Having 6 top-notch batsman would also allow the batting order to cope better with Marshall-Holding-Ambrose. Botham would be lucky to score significant runs if at No.6.

    Also, time to declare my hand and promote Maurice Leyland as the finest left-handed batsman to play for England. Compton makes way for him because Benaud and Brearley rate Peter May very highly as a captain. May is the team's captain;

    01. Hobbs
    02. Hutton
    03. Hammond
    04. Barrington
    05. Leyland
    06. May*
    07. Knott
    08. Larwood
    09. Snow
    10. Trueman
    11. Barnes
    Last edited by watson; 07-09-2012 at 06:43 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Might as well post it in here, just wanted to say that I'm not a fan of when people select a batting combination who played together in an All Time team just because they were successful unless its a toss of the coin job and you have no other way to split it. I'm talking about the Lawry and Simpson opening partnership here but have seen a few other examples recently too.

    Obviously if they were successful it means they were very good/great batsman, but its just unfair for other batsman as they didn't have the opportunity or luxury to bat with someone as good.
    What's fairness got to do with selecting an ATG team? I don't see how it is relevant. Either an opening combination is good because it averages 60.94 runs and runs brilliantly between the wickets, or it isn't.

    There is nothing morally wrong about selecting something that you know will work because you have hard evidence. Hard evidence is a fine thing, not a negative.

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    How do Snow and Botham compare as bowlers? Would it be possible to argue for Botham's inclusion instead of Snow?

    Statistically, Trueman is the only English bowler comparable with the statistical great fast bowlers (Marshall, McGrath, Ambrose, bowling averages close to 20). I know stats aren't everything etc.

    Larwood is rated very highly, in spite of him figures. Not sure how to classify SF Barnes and those other early era guys.

    England really haven't had many truly great fast bowlers, whereas Australia have had Lindwall, Miller, Lillee & McGrath (and Spofforth/Turner if we want to go back to ancient times), and the WIs have had, well, you know all of them. I guess the truly great aren't that common.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    What's fairness got to do with selecting an ATG team? I don't see how it is relevant. Either an opening combination is good because it averages 60.94 runs and runs brilliantly between the wickets, or it isn't.

    There is nothing morally wrong about selecting something that you know will work because you have hard evidence. Hard evidence is a fine thing, not a negative.
    I think NUFAN's point is that selecting a combo like that might not necessarily reward other players who weren't as fortunate to have a great opening partner, but were quite possibly better players.

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    One more thought. Most English ATG teams have SF Barnes. Yet I never see an Australian STG with CTB Turner. Interesting I reckon.

    Charlie Turner | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo

    Sydney Barnes | England Cricket | Cricket Players and Officials | ESPN Cricinfo

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Like the teams Andy.

    Because Woolley could bowl competent left-arm spin it does enable you to play an extra paceman and still maintain balance. What do you think?
    Tempted to go Bedser or Snow but thought of balancing the attack and bring in more variation; I think my Verity's inclusion also to do with the fact I couldn't leave him out. Verity got Bradman 8 times and McCabe 8 times.

    Peter May to captain as well. I think it's more of his legacy that stands him out.

    At the same time he was a conspicuously unselfish cricketer, always ready to shield a lesser player or to give himself up if he thought it was someone else's turn to bat. "A good day for the boys," he used to say, even when he knew it wasn't. To the public he was polite but unforthcoming. He gave them his time but not his attention. It was as though had modeled himself on Hutton. He had the same distant and yet disarming manner, the same flair for the enigmatic reply. Like Len he was quietly scathing about batsman who played recklessly in a crisis, and bowlers who had a job to make up their minds what field they wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    How do Snow and Botham compare as bowlers? Would it be possible to argue for Botham's inclusion instead of Snow?

    Statistically, Trueman is the only English bowler comparable with the statistical great fast bowlers (Marshall, McGrath, Ambrose, bowling averages close to 20). I know stats aren't everything etc.

    Larwood is rated very highly, in spite of him figures. Not sure how to classify SF Barnes and those other early era guys.

    England really haven't had many truly great fast bowlers, whereas Australia have had Lindwall, Miller, Lillee & McGrath (and Spofforth/Turner if we want to go back to ancient times), and the WIs have had, well, you know all of them. I guess the truly great aren't that common.
    Alan McGilvray makes a good point when he selects his ATG England team in 'The Game Goes On', page 217 ;

    Freddie was certainly a fine bowler and it is difficult to leave him out. But he did not have the same strike power that Alec Bedser, in his prime, and John Snow had. Bedser had marvellous control of the ball, and got plenty of wickets against perhaps the best batting side Australia has fielded. Snow had that rare capacity to make the ball rise sharply off a good length, and for all Freddie's fire and fury, Snow was simply a better bowler.
    Botham could easily sit at No.7-8 in the batting order and add greater batting depth to the order as well as be a fabulous swing bowler.

    But really, it is hard to go past the strike-power of Snow. It is possible to make a good case that John Snow was the best England quick of the modern era.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Alan McGilvray makes a good point when he selects his ATG England team in 'The Game Goes On', page 217 ;



    Botham could easily sit at No.7-8 in the batting order and add greater batting depth to the order as well as be a fabulous swing bowler.

    But really, it is hard to go past the strike-power of Snow. It is possible to make a good case that John Snow was the best England quick of the modern era.
    So, if we focus on bowling only, who is the greatest of the England quicks/mediums (I'll leave out Barnes from the discussion but include him in my team, as it's difficult to compare)? I'd always thought Trueman, but indications are that he is perhaps not.

    The facts-

    - Bradman rates Bedser very highly, and includes him in his ATG team.

    - McGilvray rates Bedser and Snow's strike power higher than Trueman's, emphasises Bedser's success against the powerful Australian batsmen.

    - McGilvray ranks Snow as better than Trueman.

    So based on that (and it's enough for me, as Bradman and Mc saw more cricket than almost anyone), the first two picked would be Bedser and Snow. If we include Larwood over Trueman (and I'm basing that on what people on here who know more about English cricket than I do say), that completes the pace attack, and with SF Barnes included, that's the bowling attack sorted.

    Which gives us something like....

    J. Hobbs
    L. Hutton
    W. Hammond
    P. May
    D. Compton
    F. Woolley/ I. Botham
    A. Knott
    H. Larwood
    A. Bedser
    J. Snow
    S.F. Barnes

    I reckon you need the 5th bowling option, so for me it has to be Botham or Woolley at 6.

    I'd love to know what Fredfertang thinks....
    Last edited by Red Hill; 07-09-2012 at 07:39 PM.

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