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)?
Every 5 years we have an election and have to decide who are the least obnoxious out of all the men. Then one gets in and they age really quickly. Which is always fun to watch.
England of the 90's
Could easily make up a half decent team from after the mid 80's
Last edited by flibbertyjibber; 04-03-2013 at 09:18 AM.
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.
Last edited by ankitj; 04-03-2013 at 08:54 PM.
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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