For Sri Lankans, Bat Avg < 40, bowl avg > 30
Ratnayake at 7 is bit thin on batting, but both Vaas and other Ratnayake are good with bat.
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Vaas averaged over 30?
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An Aussie line-up:
Simpson, Walters and McCabe would share fifth bowler duties - Big Garth and Big Merv both a bit unlucky. Lee too, I suppose.
And few teams could top this one for quality of fielding - Simpson, Harvey, Hill, Walters and Gregory in particular were all magnificent fieldsmen.
A team from the Caribbean:
Worrell and Lloyd to share fifth bowler duties, and like my Aussie team above the fielding is superb. I was tempted to throw Walcott in as 'keeper since he averaged sub-50 with the gloves, but decided that was probably too much of a cheat.
Andy Roberts is a good shout.
Oh for a strong arm and a walking stick
off top of my head w/o looking at stats:
3 of the most stylish batsmen of all time
All Time Test XI:
Openers: S.Gavaskar V.Sehwag Middle Order: V.Richards S.Tendulkar B.Lara All Rounders: G.Sobers I Khan (C) WK: A.Gilchrist Bowlers: W.Akram M.Marshall M.Muralitharan
All Time ODI XI:
WK: A.Gilchrist S.Tendulkar V.Richards R. Ponting M. Dhoni M. Bevan Allrounder: K.Dev Bowlers: W.Akram J. Garner M.Muralitharan G. McGrath
De Silva probably has a shout too.
50 and 25 seems rather lenient now. What's the best you can do with batsmen who averaged under 40 and bowlers who averaged over 30 (35 for spinners)?
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England of the 90's
Could easily make up a half decent team from after the mid 80's
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Frank Worrell *
Adam Gilchrist +
Ian Botham (4)
Vinoo Mankad (5)
Kapil Dev (3)
Andy Roberts (2)
Shoaib Akhtar (1)
Edit: Gilchrist in place of Ames. Completely forgot that he averaged under 50.
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The choice is unbelievably rich and difficult for someone who likes elegant batsmen (rarely do any of them average above 50 ) Personal choice here, not claiming it's the 'best' or that it's 'balanced' etc. Only chose those have experience of watching, thus Aussie bias.
VVS Laxman (wrong position, but I had to have him)
'It is hard to recall a batsman quite so serene, so unrushed, so unflappable.' Chris Ryan on ... look to the left. Ahhhh.
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