Klusener was a good bowler - but I won't back him to consistently bowl 10 overs in every match regardless of conditions opposition etc, especially at this level. Klusener would do well with an established 6th bowler like Jayasuriya.
Have absolutely no problem with Kapil, and to a lesser extent Flintoff bowling 10 overs every match...
Last edited by weldone; 18-02-2013 at 02:06 AM.
"I want to raise my hand and say one thing. Those who complain about my love for the game or commitment to the game are clueless. These are the only 2 areas where I give myself 100 out of 100."
- Sachin Tendulkar, as told in an interview published in Bengali newspaper Anandabazar Patrika after his 100th International century (translated by weldone)
Just for comparison, Flintoff bowled (on average), under 7 overs per ODI. His raw stats are slightly better though.
Just to clarify, I'd choose Kapil over Klusener. But I certainly wouldn't have an issue with Klusener as the 5th bowler in the first or second XI.
We really should also be considering the merits of guys like Steve Waugh and Simon O'Donnell as pure ODI all rounders. Both excellent death/middle over bowlers who could bat very well. At one point, Steve Waugh was as good a one day bowler as anyone in the world.
I have no problem with selecting Klusener as the 5th bowler. But with him I'd need a 6th bowler, at least as backup. If not as good as Jayasuriya, someone like even Gayle or Symonds will do...or even someone like Yuvraj if you stretch it a bit...But I won't back Klusener to bowl 10 overs at this level match after match...
And guys like Steve Waugh will be more suitable to the 6th bowler role than 5th bowler in this kind of an all-time exercise.
I think Waugh as a stand alone 5th bowler is fine, along with 3 genuine quicks and a spinner. Seriously, the guy was as good as anyone before his back got ****ed up. And on some tracks and in some match situations, he's even better than the genuine quicks.
Viv Richards vs Steve Waugh TAKE THAT VIV! 1988 1st test Gabba - YouTube
There was also a comment earlier in this thread that Steve Waugh wasn't a good batsman to have at the crease during the last 10 overs when some big hitting needed to be done. I suggest the opposite, as does this video;
Most imperious six in cricket history - YouTube
Given Waugh's brilliant fielding I don't think he would be out of place in any ATG ODI team;
Steve Waugh Classic Catch Australia v West Indies at MCG 198889 - YouTube
ATG World Team: 4-2-1-3 Formation
Zoff (GK) - Maldini (LB) - Beckenbauer (LCB) - Cannavaro (RCB) - Cafu (RB) - Rijkaard (Def LMF) - Neeskens (BtB RMF) - Maradonna (Att CMF) - Pele (LW FOR) - Cruyff (RW FOR) - Ronaldo (Striker)
Reserves: Yashin (GK) - Moore (CB) - D.Santos (RB) - Matthaus (MF) - Platini (MF) - Messi (FOR) - Eusebio (FOR)
you missed his best delivery ever
Steve Waugh bowls Brian Lara with a beauty - Australia v West Indies at Mohali 1996 World Cup - YouTube
And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW
Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta
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