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    I don't understand the Flintoff love. If I wanted another all rounder instead of/as well as Kallis to balance the two spinners I'd go with Chris Cairns who averaged 45/29 in the 2000s. That said I'd still go with Pollock's team

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    Cairns > Flintoff

    and neither should be in this team.
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    Can't believe Ntini played the 5th most amount of tests during the noughties with 97. What a beast. Not that I'd put him in my team, I've just kind of forgotten him since his last test.

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    Yup, both Murali and Warne have to make this side.

    Don't understand how Flintoff can even be mentioned. If another seamer is desired, may as well just make it a 5 man attack.


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    I like the various viewpoints in the video. I think there is somewhat of a homogeneity to the views on CW and perhaps these are the 'right' views but there are certainly different (a lot of members will read this as "wrong") way to look at things.
    The speed at which a fielding team gets through the innings is overrated.

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    My team would be:
    Matt Hayden
    Virender Sehwag
    Ricky Ponting
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Brian Lara
    Jacques Kallis
    Adam Gilchrist
    Shaun Pollock
    Shane Warne
    Glenn McGrath
    Murali

    Don't really think I'd need more than those four bowlers. Kallis at his best was a perfectly good 3rd seamer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    Yup, both Murali and Warne have to make this side.

    Don't understand how Flintoff can even be mentioned. If another seamer is desired, may as well just make it a 5 man attack.
    If you pick based on the peaks reached during the decade then Flintoff is an easy pick for his 03-06

    If you pick across the decade as a whole then he doesn't belong in the argument

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    - Matthew Hayden
    - Graham Smith
    - Ricky Ponting
    - Jaques Kallis
    - Brian Lara
    - Mohammed Yousuf
    - Adam Gilchrist
    - Shane Warne
    - Jason Gillepsie
    - Glenn McGrath
    - Muralitharan

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    PEWS to rage at Atherton's logic behind not needing runs after number five. Anyway, gotta love the people who don't pick Kallis in their team. How tragic can you get.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    If you pick based on the peaks reached during the decade then Flintoff is an easy pick for his 03-06

    If you pick across the decade as a whole then he doesn't belong in the argument
    Even at his peak I don't see how he'd be justifiable over Kallis

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    Well there's no doubt I'm biased so

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    I think Sanga is a little unlucky here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    I think Sanga is a little unlucky here
    I agree. And dare I say it, but perhaps Shoaib Akhtar (love him or hate him) is too

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    from those who are not mentioned in any of these these teams...

    langer
    gayle
    sangakara (c)
    pietersen
    clarke
    chanderpaul
    prior (wk)
    shakib
    akhthar
    bond
    stuart clark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabinet96 View Post
    PEWS to rage at Atherton's logic behind not needing runs after number five. Anyway, gotta love the people who don't pick Kallis in their team. How tragic can you get.
    The train of logic is not hard to follow;

    1. Warne and Murali are probably the greatest bowlers of the decade, so both have to be included in the team

    2. The inclusion of 2 spinners leaves the team a third seamer short because Kallis is not an acceptable third seamer.

    3. Ponting, Lara, and Tendulkar are the greatest batsman of the decade, so each have to included in the team.

    4. Flintoff was a good fast bowler who batting at No.6 for England on 66 occasions and averaged 32. This average is not impressive but acceptable.

    5. The loss in batting-strength is more than off-set by the gain in bowling strength. That is, the runs the team does not score will be more than compensated by Flintoff bowling out key opposition batsman and restricting the opposition's score. (ie. Extra wicket taking potential offered by Flintoff > Extra run scoring potential offered by Kallis)


    Whether you agree with the above logic is another matter. I think that Point 5 is incorrect as both Flintoff and Kallis average 32 with the ball. Therefore, Flintoff does not give the bowling attack a significant advantage as first assumed.
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