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Imran should bat below Gilly in an ATG XI, so that would be 8 if Sobers is 6 and Gilly is 7.
However I can understand if people don't want Immy in their ATG XI and pick Sobers instead as the only All-rounder like cricinfo XI.
All-time XI | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo
I can only assume that this is because he averaged 61.86 over 20 innings at No.6 (mainly from 1987 onwards);
Batting records | Test matches | Cricinfo Statsguru | ESPN Cricinfo
However, despite scoring 2x100s and 4x50s none of those innings are particularly noteworthy except for one - his matchwinning 73 not out against the West Indies at Karachi (1990). Pakistan won the Test Match by 8 wickets;
So I guess, in a normal balanced ATG team Imran would bat at 7 or 8 depending on who the keeper was. However, if the ATG team had to go for the win then there would be some justification for batting Imran higher up the order so as to strengthen the bowling attack.
Last edited by watson; 24-04-2013 at 05:06 PM.
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It was games like this which didn't help Sobers strike rate, but surely showed how economical he was.
5th Test: England v West Indies at The Oval, Aug 18-22, 1966 | Cricket Scorecard | ESPN Cricinfo
Wonder why he would have bolwed himself so much, with Griffith, Hall and Gibbs in the side? Could only think that he played the role of stop bolwer while the others attacked from the other end. We could only wonder how much bettter his numbers would have been if he didn't have to shoulder the load of bowling so much overs.
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 | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2
Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3
adding to that he definitely didn't strike quick enough for a strike bowler
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