Barnes in this match revealed himself once more as one of the most remarkable bowlers that this country has ever produced. He has a positively wonderful command of the leg break.... His great height makes it difficult for the batsman to follow the flight of the ball. He is useful on every kind of wicket, whereas few bowlers of his pace are able to bowl on a sticky wicket. - JACK HOBBS, 'My Cricket Memories' (1924)
Sorry wasn't a serious post, prob should have made that clearer.
I try and bring up Viv whenever possible to annoy PEWS and Thierry Henry, who don't like him or anyone that has an aura (suck it PEWS )
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I think for the ATG ODI game you need to have played an ODI, sadly =/
Also, Barry Richards and Mike Procter played precious few Test matches and are often rated ATGs in the Test arena.
It seems that when talent and skill is very very obvious then the 'need to have played' principle is allowed to be put to one side.
Why isn't Bradman considered for the ODI sides then?
To me it's pretty obvious that Bradman would love ODIs and do well at them. He would delight in no slips fielders, having loads of room in the in-field to place the ball, and a licence to loft the ball on purpose. Something he shunned in conventional cricket because of its inherent risk.
Incidently, the only time that Bradman admitted to lofting the ball was during a Shield game when NSW needed to quit the innings and declare. Fleetwood-Smith was the bowler and Bradman was trying to get out by toying with the long-on and long-off fieldman. Despite trying to hit the ball 'down their throat' he apparently kept (accidently) clearing their head for 6. It was caught on tape, and wish I could find the video again.
voted for kapil
1.kapil / akram
Couldve been great as a number 3 odi batsman though, obviously, the ideal anchor of the innings whom you could rely on to get a big score. Didnt he get a hundred in 22 balls or something in an exhibition match? He was generally regarded as a pretty swift scorer too so its not a stretch to assume he wouldve been awesome in ODIs
Voted for Kapil. Was a very reliable bowler and imo the best batsman for no.7 from those mentioned. Also saved his best for the toughest opposition and played arguably the greatest world cup innings ever to rescue India from certain defeat... good enough for me
But ask Bradman to take part in an ODI final in front of 90,000 fans at the MCG, with his 'enemy' Bill O'Reilly on the opposite team, then I dare say Bradman's competitive juices would start to flow.
Incidently, I also think that Bill O'Reilly would have taken to ODIs after a while too. All those batsman advancing down the wicket during the last 10 overs would have stirred his anger no end.
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