I select Sonny Bill Williams and Candice Falzon.
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Would probably use this lineup
1. Bob Simpson
2. Geoff Boycott
3. Neil Harvey
4. Peter May
5. Garfield Sobers
6. Clyde Walcott
7. Alan Knott+
8. Mike Procter
9. Richie Benaud*
10. Alan Davidson
11. Ray Lindwall
Omissions I could think of are Barrington, Worrell and probably Godfrey Evans.
Don't know, I regard Walcott as the better batsman of the 3w's, boosted by his performance againts Lindwall and Miller in '55.
Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2
Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4
Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
I've heard enough people claim Knott to be the finest ever England keeper that I find it hard to believe Evans is much of an upgrade at all, let alone enough to be worth the step down in batting.
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What's interesting though is that if you look at Walcott's hightest scores they tend to coincide with big partnerships with Weekes, not so much Worrell. This is (perhaps) because Walcott's strength was the drive, while Weekes' strength was square of the wicket. It therefore seems that they both fed off the inability of bowlers to find a satisfactory length when both batsman were are the crease.
1. Len Hutton 2. Jack Hobbs 3. Ted Dexter 4. Peter May 5. Walter Hammond 6. Ian Botham 7. Alan Knott 8. Maurice Tate 9. Hedley Verity 10. John Snow 11. Fred Trueman
Procter should definitely bat ahead of Knott in that XI.
A team without Barrington and Evans is just wrong.
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Evans was not as good a keeper as Evans, more spectacular,.but not better, and regarding Barrington, well.I have made that argument already, so will just leave it at over rated.
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