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So this is Stewart's XI:
1. Gordon Greenidge (West Indies)
2. Matthew Hayden (Australia)
3. Brian Lara (West Indies)
4. Sachin Tendulkar (India)
5. Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
6. Steve Waugh (captain, Australia)
7. Adam Gilchrist (Australia, wicketkeeper)
8. Wasim Akram (Pakistan)
9. Shane Warne (Australia)
10. Malcolm Marshall (West Indies)
11. Curtly Ambrose (West Indies)
Hypothetically, I'd like to see how they go against this (they all played against Stewart as well):
Who would win?
This 2nd side is arguably a stronger batting line-up (with Pollock and Hadlee at 8 & 9), but Stewart's side has more bowling variety with a left-armer in Wasim, plus having Kallis as the 5th bowler. I picked Waqar instead of McGrath to add pace to the attack (McGrath is a taller Pollock/Hadlee who can't bat.)
Last edited by Coronis; 09-05-2013 at 05:28 PM.
ATG Test XI
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Nowadays, I'd probably rate Wasim slightly above Waqar, because of his greater longevity (he was still carving through opposition batting lineups in the late 90's, by which stage Waqar was pretty much spent). But it's a lot closer than you make out. Both bowlers were terrific (although had different operating styles). Both made my childhood as an NZ cricket fan miserable. Both went on a few years too long. I know statistics aren't everything, but you only have to look at their records in the 1990's to see how difficult it is to split the two.
Wasim 60 matches, 272 wickets @ 21.73 and a sr of 49.1
Average v Australia of 30.27
Waqar 56 matches, 273 wickets @ 21.71 SR of 43.4
Average v Australia of 34.37
Fair enough. I favour Akram on his unpredictability. I think Waqar's eventual demise was down to sides working out his reverse trick.
Where did you get Akram's ave v Aus? I have him down for 13 tests all in the 90s and averaging 25.76.
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