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    Quote Originally Posted by The Sean View Post
    Strongly agreed. Sobers' versatility as a spinner was of course useful and he did a job in that capacity, but he was a world-class left arm quick and far more effective in that style. In my opinion, Sobers as the fourth quick and back-up spinner would add a lot of value to the attack, but Sobers as the fifth quick (where he would hardly get a bowl) and lead spinner (where in this ATG context he isn't anywhere near good enough) would be a complete waste.
    +1. I'm really surprised at the number of posters who believe that this team needs a FOURTH right arm fast bowler rather than a top-class spinner. The issue is not whether Garner (or any other preferred candidate for fourth seamer) is a better bowler than Gibbs but rather which bowler adds the most value to the side. Three great fast bowlers constitute an extremely impressive pace attack. A spinner adds variety to this mix. One of the many reasons why this is important is because some batsmen are much better players of pace than spin. The spinner is also a potential match winner on a crumbling pitch - see Gibbs at Kensington Oval in 1962, Old Trafford in 1963 and 1966, Bourda in 1965, etc.

    The great West Indian team of the 1970's and 80's used four fast bowlers only because it lacked a quality spinner. However successful this team was, on certain occasions the lack of variety in the bowling attack was clearly a weakness. Clive Lloyd, who is a first cousin of Lance Gibbs and played alongside him in the WI team for many years, certainly recognized the value and importance of spin. (Lloyd faced, among others, Bedi, Chandrasekhar, Underwood and Abdul Qadir in their prime).

    Sobers, whose most effective form of attack was fast medium bowling, is not a bowler who should be the principal spinner in an all-time team. I would expect him to bowl seam most of the time, reserving his chinamen and googlies for occasions when the team needs to buy wickets and runs are no object, and bowling orthodox slow left arm (as the second rather than the primary spinner) mainly if not exclusively when the conditions favor spin.

    It may be too late to matter but for what it's worth my vote for the bowlers would be:

    Marshall
    Holding
    Ambrose
    Gibbs

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    Really think.we need to revisit vote. Australia and England has two.spinners.and we have none.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    Really think.we need to revisit vote. Australia and England has two.spinners.and we have none.
    I wont have much time over the next 3-4 weeks. If anyone wants to re-run it, be my guest!

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    Even when they had great pace stocks, WI did often use a spinner. Gibbs for one. And later on guys like Roger Harper and Derick Parry played a lot of games. Maurice Foster and Viv Richards' part timers were used often too. Oh, and Carl Hooper.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    I wont have much time over the next 3-4 weeks. If anyone wants to re-run it, be my guest!
    IMO - Before we re-run the vote we need to ask the question whether people want a specialist spin-bowler in the team or not;

    'Should an ATG WI team include a specialist spin-bowler?: YES or NO.'


    If there are more NO votes then we leave the side as it currently stands.

    If there are more YES votes then we re-run the vote for the bowling attack as a one-off;

    'Select 3 pace-bowlers and 1 spin-bowler.'


    Just a suggestion.
    Last edited by watson; 04-12-2012 at 03:10 PM.

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    Should an ATG WI team include a specialist spin-bowler?: YES

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    Good idea, and I was never really thinking of doing over the vote but rather something like this.

    Should the team have a spinner: YES

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    Opener Votes:

    Greenidge: 22
    Hunte: 7
    Worrell: 7
    Haynes: 7
    Fredricks: 1

    Three way tie, even closer than the spinner and keeper votes.

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    Should an ATG WI team include a specialist spin-bowler?: YES

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    If it wants a specialist spinner then surely that person has to be shoehorned into opening as well then? No other team has been repicked after votes are counted so why should this one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    If it wants a specialist spinner then surely that person has to be shoehorned into opening as well then? No other team has been repicked after votes are counted so why should this one?
    Not at all.

    I see nothing wrong with realising we have made a mistake with the composition of the team once it becomes apparant after other positions are filled.
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    Mistakes have been made in the past though - should be up to people to recognise it when they make their picks.

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    I tend to agree with Marc here. I chose Gibbs and believe the team should have a spinner, but everyone knew what the choices were at the start of the process and the majority decided they didn't want a slow bowler. I think it's the wrong call, but it's the one that was made.

    I'd change elements of the Australian and English teams as well, but rightly or wrongly the choices have been made and I think it would set a rather tedious precedent to then go back and revisit every selection.
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    The point was the discussion, not the result, wasn't it?

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    Howe_zat You've got it quite clearly figured out. Since I wasn't part of the discussion in the first place (like a jackass), was it close between Gibbs and (I am guessing) Garner? Actually, I would prefer to have Andy Roberts as the third pacer and prefer Garner over Holding.

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