Last edited by LongHopCassidy; 03-11-2012 at 01:31 AM.
"The Australian cricket captain is the Prime Minister Australia wishes it had. Steve Waugh is that man, Michael Clarke is not." - Jarrod Kimber
RIP Fardin Qayyumi and Craig Walsh - true icons of CricketWeb.
Openers are Hobbs and Hutton.
Because of the various potential combinations possible for this English line up, we will select two opening bowlers next. Once again, this list is a guide, and you may suggest any (legitimate) alternatives:
Please choose two opening bowlers:
Ian Botham (will also be included in later categories)
Andrew Flintoff (will also be included in later categories)
Frank Tyson (for Nufan)
These bowlers will be available for later selection (after the middle order is selected) to complete the attack if unselected here.
Last edited by Monk; 03-11-2012 at 04:18 AM. Reason: added Larwood and added last clarification
Harold Larwood and Brian Statham
Fred Trueman and John Snow
Bah. Sickening choice as to who misses out.
SF Barnes & FS Trueman.
Supreme egoists but supreme bowlers too. Wonder if the demon Frederick ever met the great man and if the result was recorded for posterity?
- As featured in The Independent.
"Predictably, the ending of his international career did not end the argument about Pietersen's merits, as an army of informed commentators and Piers Morgan weighed in to defend or attack him."
- The Guardian's Andrew Anthony
Barnes and Trueman for me as well.
Bedser to bowl first change.
Barnes and Trueman
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RIP Fardin Qayyumi (AKA "cricket player"; "Bob"), 1990-2006
RIP Craig Walsh (AKA "Craig"), 1985-2012
Frank Tyson and Fred Trueman.
I genuinely consider them to be England's best two opening bowlers, so would appreciate it if Tyson is added to the list.
Thanks for adding Tyson Monk.
Just to explain, whenever I select these sort of teams, I picture the old players being transported to more recent conditions rather than the current players being transported back to old playing conditions. Therefore, I have big question marks on Barnes ability to bowl as a new ball bowler. I don't want this to turn into a 'did he bowl fast or was it spin' debate, but just explaining why I've gone against the recent grain and not selected SF Barnes.
Trueman and Larwood
Greatest Ever Test XI: JB Hobbs, L Hutton, DG Bradman (c), IVA Richards, BC Lara, GS Sobers, AC Gilchrist (wk), Imran Khan, RJ Hadlee, MD Marshall, SK Warne 12th man: M Muralitharan
Favorite XI: WG Grace, VT Trumper, IVA Richards, DCS Compton, FMM Worrell (c), AC Gilchrist (wk), CL Cairns, SK Warne, FS Trueman, SE Bond, T Richardson 12th man: H Larwood
Barnes was quick when he wanted to be, but no where near as quick as Larwood, Trueman, Snow or Tyson who would all properly appreciate a shiny new ball.
Also, by operating with the new ball his prime wicket taking delivery - the leg-spinner - has been somewhat nullified. I don't think that it is possible for a finger spinner to impart maximum revs on a new ball.
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