I started following cricket in the early '80s. But we bought our first TV only in 1985. Those days we had a cow in our house and the man who was hired to milk her in the mornings would sometimes catch me watching an early morning Channel 9 broadcast from Australia. This milkman always stank of cheap tobacco and raw milk. And he believed Richie Benaud looked like his own father. I had seen his father but I could never figure out the connection.
I am going to use 1985 as the cut off point for my selection. Yes, I have read about Bradman, Sobers, Miller, Hobbs, Hammond and Hutton. Seen glimpses of Greg Chappell, Dennis Lillee and Boycott. But all these guys had retired before we had TV!!! So they don't count in this exercise. I want to select a balanced team made up of players I have seen. They should be able to succeed in all conditions and be ready to take on the very best opposition thrown at them. I want this team to play aggressive and attractive cricket.
I intend to reveal the team members in reverse order of my personal preference finishing with my most favorite cricketer last.