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    Pick a team to beat Bradman's weird XI

    From another thread that was maybe going off topic…

    Bradman's team had some odd selections, including Tallon at 6 and Lindwall at 7 (and therefore Lillee at *8)….


    Barry Richards
    Arthur Morris
    Don Bradman
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Garry Sobers
    Don Tallon
    Ray Lindwall
    Dennis Lillee
    Alec Bedser
    Bill O'Reilly
    Clarrie Grimmett


    I'm pretty confident my XI following would beat his in a 5 test series


    Len Hutton
    Sunil Gavaskar
    Viv Richards
    Graeme Pollock
    Jaques Kallis
    Brian Lara
    Adam Gilchrist
    Wasim Akram
    Malcolm Marshall
    Shane Warne
    Glenn McGrath


    Who would you have to beat Bradman?

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    Geoffrey Boycott
    Gordon Greenidge
    Ricky Ponting
    Wally Hammond
    Keith Miller
    Steve Waugh
    Imran Khan
    Alan Knott
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    Derek Underwod
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    Off the top of my head,

    1. Jack Hobbs
    2. Len Hutton
    3. George Headley
    4. Walter Hammond
    5. Brian Lara
    6. Jacques Kallis
    7. Adam Gilchrist
    8. Imran Khan
    9. Richard Hadlee
    10. Malcolm Marshall
    11. Muttiah Muralitharan
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    Jack Hobbs
    Len Hutton
    Viv Richards
    Brian Lara
    Greg Chappell
    Jacques Kallis
    Adam Gilchrist
    Imran Khan
    Malcolm Marshall
    Shane Warne
    Glenn McGrath

    Would probably soundly defeat them as well.
    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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    2. Graeme Smith
    3. Kumar Sangakkarra
    4. Michael Clarke
    5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
    6. VVS Laxman
    7. Mark Boucher
    8. Shaun Pollock
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    Barry Richards
    Arthur Morris
    Don Bradman
    Brian Lara
    Garry Sobers
    Don Tallon
    Ray Lindwall
    Dennis Lillee
    Alec Bedser
    Bill O'Reilly
    Clarrie Grimmett
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    Oh god, another name your atg side thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohnoitsyou View Post
    Oh god, another name your atg side thread.
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    Bedser is a strange choice, and theres clearly preference towards previous generations. But I kind of imagine that Bradman was backing the top 5 to score most of the runs and that he might have needed more bowling options.

    If the oposing team runs through that middle order im not really counting on Lilee to smash a lower order ton

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    Looking at the other XIs posted , the bowling may be strengthened but I still dont think its enough to win over a 5 test match series considering the might of Bradmans batting.

    His XI definitely isnt a pure list of the best 11 test cricketers, but I can see the logic behind almost all of the decisions.

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    doesn't seem very fair to pick Gilchrist and the like
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    I'm not necessarily confident they would actually win, but I think both these teams might give (Roland Perry's alleged) Bradman XI a good run for their money:

    Jamie Siddons
    John Langridge
    David Hussey
    Mahadevan Sathasivam
    Bhausaheb Nimbalkar
    Clive Rice*
    Frank Tarrant
    Darren Berry+
    Bart King
    Vincent Van Der Bijl
    Rajinder Goel

    Jamie Cox
    Sam Trimble
    Brian Davison
    Ken McEwan
    Shantanu Sugwekar
    Alan Kourie
    Franklyn Stephenson
    Garth Le Roux
    Henry Martyn+
    Charles Kortwright
    Don Shepherd
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    Quote Originally Posted by GotSpin View Post
    Looking at the other XIs posted , the bowling may be strengthened but I still dont think its enough to win over a 5 test match series considering the might of Bradmans batting.

    His XI definitely isnt a pure list of the best 11 test cricketers, but I can see the logic behind almost all of the decisions.
    Don't agree, Marshall, Warne, McGrath and Imran/ Akram would be a match for the great man. Batting of Hobbs, Hutton/ Gavaskar, Richards, Lara, Chappell/ Hammond, Kallis, Gilchrist would also help the cause. Additionally it's not like Bradman never lost a match or series and he, Tendulkar Sobers, Lillee, O'Reilly and probably Richards would have to bear the brunt of the responsibility of an otherwise comparatively weak team.



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