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    Captain Cook's All Time ODI XI

    I've noticed a large number of threads dedicated to Test XI so I'm going to add to the smaller number of ODI XIs. There are some surprises and some predictable choices. Be warned, this list is a matter of personal preference.

    I will start with the twelfth man before I start the list:

    Shane Watson
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    Runs - 5105
    Average - 41.16
    Strike Rate - 89.48
    100s - 8
    50s - 30

    Wickets - 162
    Average - 29.53
    Economy - 4.83

    This Australian all rounder is one of my favourite players, mainly due to his antics in the summer of 2005 for Hampshire where he recorded his highest FC score. I think he's the perfect twelfth man: an aggressive batsman at any position in the batting order (despite his technical flaws) and a stingy pace bowler who can bowl 10 inexpensive overs and take wickets when batsmen make errors. However, his jack of all trades, master of none playing style has cost him a place in the team outright.

    Captain Cook's All Time ODI XI

    I - ?
    II - ?
    III - ?
    IV - ?
    V - ?
    VI - ?
    VII - ?
    VIII - ?
    IX - ?
    X - ?
    XI - ?

    Twelfth Man - SR Watson
    He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right, but when he bowls at the stumps, he makes England look ****e!


    My Modern Test XI (since 2000): AN Cook, GC Smith (c), HM Amla, KC Sangakkara (w), MJ Clarke, IR Bell, S Watson, GP Swann, VD Philander, DW Steyn, JM Anderson.

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    thanks for the warning
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    decent pick IMO, Watson's ODI credentials are often forgotten when we get pissed off at him ****ing up constantly in tests, very valuable ODI player.

    Although I probably don't consider him up with the ATGs though tbh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Although I probably don't consider him up with the ATGs though tbh
    I do. Batting average of 40 at a SR of 90 as an opener. And he's your 5th bowler sorted.

    Adds a lot of flexibility to an ODI team does Watto

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    Yeah, his figures looks excellent but you have to consider the era of ODI cricket he has played in - very different to the 80s and 90s and I think that should be taken into account tbh.
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    Wasim Akram
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    Wickets - 502
    Average - 23.52
    Economy - 3.89

    The leader of the bowling attack. Akram's record is spectacular and I would use him to open and close the innings along with my IX. The weapons he had at his disposal are matched by few ODI bowlers in the game nowadays. Even in this era of powerplays, better bats, two new balls and short boundaries, I feel that Wasim Akram's talents would still be almost impossible for most batsmen to dominate. As the master of the yorker, he defines the death bowler as it was originally intended and I don't know anyone who has executed it better.

    Captain Cook's All Time ODI XI

    I - ?
    II - ?
    III - ?
    IV - ?
    V - ?
    VI - ?
    VII - ?
    VIII - ?
    IX - ?
    X - W Akram
    XI - ?

    Twelfth Man - SR Watson

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    Here's hoping Ronnie Irani will make it in the team.
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    Mate, that guy was the main reason for my successful Essex campaign in cricket captain 2005, although Graham Napier wasn't too shabby either

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Mate, that guy was the main reason for my successful Essex campaign in cricket captain 2005, although Graham Napier wasn't too shabby either


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    They both belong in my XI (or get very close). So I like the start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Yeah, his figures looks excellent but you have to consider the era of ODI cricket he has played in - very different to the 80s and 90s and I think that should be taken into account tbh.
    I still think he's one of the best ODI players of all time though. He'd definitely make my list of the best eleven ODI players, but he probably wouldn't make my all-time XI (or XII) for balance reasons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maximas View Post
    Yeah, his figures looks excellent but you have to consider the era of ODI cricket he has played in - very different to the 80s and 90s and I think that should be taken into account tbh.
    No doubt, but his figures compare with Amla, KP and AB Devill, who are the best modern ODI bats imo

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    Even though this is an ATG ODI team, I do have a problem with the selection of players who aren't also great/extremely good Test match players. They just seem like half-baked players with some kind of flaw in their game to me.

    So while the selection of Shane Watson just makes me go "blllurrrrr", the selection of Wasim Akram is excellent from every angle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Even though this is an ATG ODI team, I do have a problem with the selection of players who aren't also great/extremely good Test match players.
    Well I think that's a problem you have to deal with as picking a ODI side has as much to do with test credentials as vice versa.......and Shane Watson is the perfect example of this.

    As others have said it is debatable if Watson is an ATG ODI player, I can certainly see arguments for both sides but one thing is for certain he is one of, if not the best short format players in the game today. Personally I don't think he is worth a squirt of piss as a test player though.......but why on earth would that stop me picking him in a current World 11 One Day or T20 side??

    Do you suggest that Michael Bevan shouldn't make Captain Cooks list??

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