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    What is your ALL TIME WORLD XI TEAM for tests?

    Include your XI as well as your 12th Man and provide reasons for selecting these players.
    You may include any player from any country from anytime.

    Heres my XI:

    Sir Jack Hobbs
    Herbert Sutcliffe
    Sir Don Bradman (C)
    Wally Hammond
    George Headley/ Graeme Pollock
    Sir Garry Sobers
    Alan Knott (wk)
    Wasim Akram
    Richard Hadlee
    Shane Warne
    Dennis Lillee

    Jonty Rhodes (12th Man)

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    Barry Richards
    Archie Jackson
    Stan McCabe
    Denis Compton
    Keith Miller
    Jock Cameron
    Harold Larwood
    Jim Laker
    Sydney Barnes
    Jack Iverson

    Because they are the eleven I'd most like to see play or, in Richards' case, see again
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    Bowling attacks about the only thing thats settled

    Hutton
    Barry Richards
    Bradman
    Viv Richards
    Greg Chappell
    Garry Sobers
    Adam Gilchrist
    Hadlee
    Marshall
    Barnes
    O'Reilly.

    Faulkner

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    Pairing Barnes and O'Reilly is an interesting idea ONIY. Sure they are very similar bowlers, but I think it would work as they both had an endless variety of deliveries.


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    See below….Pollock interchangeable with Headley or Tendulkar depending on the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by micz View Post
    Include your XI as well as your 12th Man and provide reasons for selecting these players.
    You may include any player from any country from anytime.

    Heres my XI:

    Sir Jack Hobbs
    Herbert Sutcliffe
    Sir Don Bradman (C)
    Wally Hammond
    George Headley/ Graeme Pollock
    Sir Garry Sobers
    Alan Knott (wk)
    Wasim Akram
    Richard Hadlee
    Shane Warne
    Dennis Lillee

    Jonty Rhodes (12th Man)
    You forgot the Sir in Sir Richard Hadlee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Pairing Barnes and O'Reilly is an interesting idea ONIY. Sure they are very similar bowlers, but I think it would work as they both had an endless variety of deliveries.
    Its really growing on me actually, in my head (lol) i just can't see most batsmen playing turn at pace so O'Reilly's mediums and Barnes medium-fast complement each other really well.

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    Jack Hobbs
    Herbert Sutcliffe
    Don Bradman*
    Graeme Pollock
    Wally Hammond
    Garry Sobers
    Adam Gilchrist+
    Mike Procter
    Malcolm Marshall
    Shane Warne
    Glenn McGrath

    George Headley
    Muttiah Muralitharan

    Hobbs and Sutcliffe, greatest opening partnership of all time, averaged ~100 opening together. Bradman, greatest batsman of all time. The next two were tricky, had to pick between Headley, Pollock and Hammond. Went with Pollock because he was considered a specialist number 4, and went with Hammond over Headley because he was a great slips fielder and a decent bowler too. Sobers and Gilchrist are really no brainers, for me at least. Procter was in my opinion the greatest bowling all rounder of all time, who's test career was sadly cut short. Marshall and McGrath have outstanding stats over long careers, and would form a deadly combination with Procter. Warne is the greatest leg spinner of all time, chosen over Murali due to his superior fielding and batting.

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    you blokes not picking marto have no idea.
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    1. Jack Hobbs
    2. Virender Sehwag
    3. Bradman
    4. Viv Richards
    5. Imran Khan(c)
    6. Garry Sobers
    7. Adam Gilchrist(wk)
    8. Wasim Akram
    9. Shane Warne
    10. Malcolm Marshall
    11. Glenn McGrath

    note: this is a team not necessarily the best player in each position

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    Sir Jack Hobbs
    Sir Leonard Hutton
    Sir Donald Bradman*
    Sir I.V.A. Richards^

    Sachin Tendulkar
    Sir Garfield Sobers(5)^
    Adam Gilchrist+

    Imran Khan(3)
    Malcolm Marshall(1)
    Shane Warne(4)^

    Glenn McGrath(2)

    Seven of the players are automatic selections but can easily replace McGrath and Imran by Lillee and Barnes and Tendulkar has his rivals as well.
    As it stands the team has good batting depth with batting to NO. 10, three great slip fielders and the greatest most versatile 5th bowler of the all.

    Jack Hobbs is the greatest opening batsman of all time who mastered sticky wickets and was the original Master.

    Len Hutton broke Bradman's highest score record at 22 with the great man in the offside while facing Tiger O'Reilly. He suffered a horrendous injury during the war which left him with one hand shorter than the next and still went on to be the best post war batsman before Sobers who dominated some of the best bowling tandems in history including Lindwall and Miller and Ramadin and Valentine in their pomp. He was England's first professional captain and a good one at that.

    Bradman was the greatest batsman of all time who capitalized batter than anyone of a perfect storm and demonstrated unparalleled consistently and a thirst for runs and big scores. His average of 99.94 will never be approached far less surpassed. He was an astute captain and captained one of the greatest teams of all time. When Wisden choose their 5 Cricketers of the century his was the only unanimous selection.

    Viv Richards was the most destructive batsman of all time who faced some of the greatest bowlers of all time in the original bowlers era of the 70's. At his very best he challenges Bradman for the greatest batsman of all time and he was the best fielder of his era and a great slip fielder and successful captain as well.

    Sachin Tendulkar holds every major career batting record in the game and exhibited perfect technique and temperament for his career and in this team acts as a buffer between the carnage above and below him to provide stability. He edges out Lara, Headley and Chappel for this spot due to his sheer weight of numbers and consistency.

    Sobers is the greatest cricketer to have played the game. A undisputed top 5 if not top 3 batsman who was a superb fielder everywhere especially in the slips and in close to spinners and arguably the best all round fielder ever. He was the best and most versatile 5th bowler in history who played the role of spearhead and stop bowler with first pace then spin in a weak attack and the perfect compliment to Hall and Griffith in later years. He bowler both conventional and over the hand wrist spin and was a brisk and efficient fast medium bowler who could swing the ball back in to right handers. As a batsman he was the best of his time, a batsman who often took attacks apart whose best test innings was against a rampaging Lillee at the peak of his powers in a game whose test status was later rescinded. Bradman himself called it the best innings he had witnessed on Australian soil. He could and did beat opponents all three aspects of the game.

    Gilchrist changed his position and was the catalyst in one of the greatest teams of all time. He was a superb under rated keeper who had one of the most difficult jobs in cricket in keeping to Warne and he accomplished it with distinction as a batsman he was almost a latter day Viv who destroyed bowling attacks from his number 7 position often broke the backs of teams with his runs. He excelled in front of and behind the wickets.

    Imran along with Hadlee are the best bowling all rounders of all time. Imran was better with the old ball and the bowler who perfected reverse swing. He was especially deadly on his home pitches. After his injury he became an even better batsman and until the end of his career averaged 50 with the bat. He was an inspirational captain for Pakistan whose will guided his team through his era.

    Malcolm Marshall statistically and anecdotally was the greatest bowler to have played the game. Marshall had all of the tools and knew how and when to use them. He was genuine express with a deadly skiddy bouncer, could swing the ball both ways at pace and learned the cutter from Lillee. Despite the declining skills of Richards, Holdings frequent injuries and retirements he took the W.I. from an ATG team to the best in history, he never lost a test series and as an opening bowler only lost 4 Tests. He excelled on pitches designed to neutralize him, he was adaptable. His numbers show this, an average below 21, s/r of 47 and WPM of over 4.5. He excelled at home and away and was a genuine match winner with a brilliant cricket brain and had a knack for picking up and exploiting batsmen's weaknesses. He was also a very good no. 8 batsman who good when required and was seen as an allrounder and he definitely had the ability if not the consistent application.

    Warne was a magician and outside of his struggles in India excelled everywhere. He was one of the big four who made Australia one of the two greatest teams in test cricket and was seen as the primary match winner. Lara said he was the greatest and toughest bowler he ever faced because of his mental toughness and brilliant cricketing mind. His variety of deliveries were subtle and devastating and his match winning spells were countless. He was named, along with Bradman, Sobers, Hobbs and Richards the 5 Wisden cricketers of the century and tha5 in itself speaks volumes. He dominated the biggest and oldest cricket contest and his very first Ashes delivery set the tone for his role in that rivalry. He was probably Australia's greatest test captain they never had and with his efforts on and off the field he captivated the sport for the era. He was a useful and skilled no. 8 batsman and a great slip fielder.

    Glenn McGrath like Tendulkar holds every major lo careen record for fast bowlers and by sheer weight of numbers commands a place on this team. He along with Warne bowled Australia to victories and a spot as one if the very greatest test teams in history and he did it with unerring accurately and subtle seam movement. He consistent and a metronome who got results, he didn't wow like Akram but he was better and more effective. He didn't excite like Lillee but proved himself everywhere and in a more difficult era and that's how he edged him despite having less tools at his disposal.
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    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Waite+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3

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    agree with the above. Maybe Hadlee for McGrath.

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    Mcgrath as great as he was i struggle to put in ahead of Hadlee in an all time team, very similar output with the ball but hadlee offers far more with the bat making the team stronger overall without losing anything with the ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coronis View Post
    Jack Hobbs
    Herbert Sutcliffe
    Don Bradman*
    Graeme Pollock
    Wally Hammond
    Garry Sobers
    Adam Gilchrist+
    Mike Procter
    Malcolm Marshall
    Shane Warne
    Glenn McGrath

    George Headley
    Muttiah Muralitharan

    Hobbs and Sutcliffe, greatest opening partnership of all time, averaged ~100 opening together. Bradman, greatest batsman of all time. The next two were tricky, had to pick between Headley, Pollock and Hammond. Went with Pollock because he was considered a specialist number 4, and went with Hammond over Headley because he was a great slips fielder and a decent bowler too. Sobers and Gilchrist are really no brainers, for me at least. Procter was in my opinion the greatest bowling all rounder of all time, who's test career was sadly cut short. Marshall and McGrath have outstanding stats over long careers, and would form a deadly combination with Procter. Warne is the greatest leg spinner of all time, chosen over Murali due to his superior fielding and batting.
    Procter a terrific player, i generally pick him, Marshall, Warne and one of Imran, Hadlee or Miller with Sobers the 5th bowler for my attack. With this combination you also get all the types of bowling which i think is fitting, though obviously not required for an all time XI. Marshall, Procter then Imran/Hadlee/Miller offering the pace, Warne with his leg spin, Sobers with chinaman and SLA and Procter could bowl off spin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hendrix View Post
    agree with the above. Maybe Hadlee for McGrath.
    Quote Originally Posted by Gowza View Post
    Mcgrath as great as he was i struggle to put in ahead of Hadlee in an all time team, very similar output with the ball but hadlee offers far more with the bat making the team stronger overall without losing anything with the ball.
    For me McGrath was no question the better bowler and with Sobers, Gilchrist, Imran, Marshall and Warne batting to No. 10, there is no need to factor in batting for the No. 11 slot when you can just go for the better bowler considering his job is primarily to open the bowling.

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