In the end I think if an AT World XI test championship was to be held the final would be played out between the WI and Aus and IMO it would be mighty close.
On flatter wickets I would give the edge to the WI (due to their bowlers having a proven record in such conditions) but on pace friendly wickets I reckon that the Aussies might take it but it could go either way. I do know that while Viv is arguably the greatest player of pace bowling ever there is also the thing that he was somewhat temperamental. The WI cricketers have historically had this flamboyance about them that has been their strength while at the same time has been to their detriment a few times as well. Also on a spinner's paradise I can see the WI struggling to answer Warne or Reilly while WI wouldn't have anyone to match that skill. Coming to Australia, historically speaking (and not counting the brain farts of Brad Haddin and his ilk), they have been far and away the most gritty team to have played cricket. Fiercely competitive and always fighting to the last man. You feel like punching the living daylights out of their batsmen for getting stuck at the crease but there has always been (at least here in Pakistan) a grudging admiration of their tenacity and their mental toughness. It is this quality of theirs (and it is extremely debatable of course) that I feel would eventually take them to win a closely fought championship series against the WI.
Last edited by smalishah84; 26-05-2013 at 03:31 AM.
Could we sim matches between these sides?
ATG World XI
1. J.B Hobbs 2. H. Sutcliffe 3. D.G Bradman 4. W.R Hammond 5. G.S Sobers 6. M.J Procter 7. A.C Gilchrist 8. M.D Marshall 9. S.K Warne 10. M. Muralitharan 11. G.D McGrath
Last edited by Coronis; 26-05-2013 at 03:53 AM.
In swinging conditions though it might be another story
Last edited by kyear2; 26-05-2013 at 06:21 AM.
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
That being said though, would still place my money on a West Indies vs Australia final. Just too much quality in those two lineups. 10 out of the 11 players on each team makes one of my top four ATG XIs with most of them making the top two teams. Impressive.
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