If you were that old, and that kind, and the very last of your kind, you couldn't just stand back and watch children cry.
Well I compared spinner to spinner which I won, and then Reid v Amir becomes pretty even on the lost talent side of things. Also you don't need Armstrong's bowling when Kallis gets in the team.
Every 5 years we have an election and have to decide who are the least obnoxious out of all the men. Then one gets in and they age really quickly. Which is always fun to watch.
So Howe has 7 in the XI but I reckon only 8 of a 15 man squad.
Last edited by Marcuss; 27-08-2014 at 02:02 PM.
I definitely wouldn't go with that on Benaud or Hadlee though. Those guys were relied upon for runs.
I would have classified Shaun Pollock as allrounder as he averages 32, and has hit 2 centuries, plus 16 fifties. Sure he was primarily a bowler because of his great partnership with Allan Donald, but anyone who averages more than 30 with the bat is a competent batsman. Therefore, perhaps there should be two categories of allrounder for future 'mystery' picks - 'bowling allrounder' and 'batting allrounder'.
However, that's all by-the-by as I'm sure no one minds Monk scoring Shaun Pollock anyway.
Last edited by watson; 27-08-2014 at 02:24 PM.
"Whenever people agree with me I always feel I must be wrong" - Oscar Wilde
- Barry Richards ^
- Bruce Mitchell (7)
- Charlie Macartney (6)
- Brian Lara ^
- John Wright
- Shane Watson (5) ^
- Wilfred Rhodes (4)
- Shaun Pollock (2)
- George Fullerton +
- Joel Garner (3)
- Dennis Lillee (1)
So, in the end I'm fairly happy. Decent, solid team who would be hard to beat. High quality pace bowling trio backed up by Watson. Rhodes, Macartney and Mitchell form a spin trio with some variety. Top four is strong as an ox.
Thanks to Harsh for a well run and fun draft.
Last edited by Monk; 27-08-2014 at 02:28 PM.
I'd actually have taken Pollock or Paul Adams over any of the Australian options anyway. Obv much happier with Pollock.
01. Eddie Barlow*
02. Conrad Hunte
03. Stan McCabe
04. Graeme Pollock
05. Tom Graveney
06. Aubrey Faulkner
07. Mike Procter
08. George Thompson
09. Jackie Hendriks +
10. Malcolm Marshall
11. Courtney Walsh
Happy with this team in the end after being handed a relative unknown. Bats all the way down to 10 and would clean-up on any wicket with a bit of bounce n' seam.
Thanks as well to harsh for an enthralling draft and all the usual hard work.
Last edited by watson; 27-08-2014 at 03:38 PM.
01. Virender Sehwag
02. Saeed Anwar
03. George Headley
04. Greg Chappell (6)
05. Keith Miller (2)
06. Archie Maclaren
07. Imran Khan* (1)
08. Deryck Murray†
09. Bert Vogler (5)
10. Dale Steyn (3)
11. Bob Willis (4)
Quite happy with this, more than some of the sides I've built in the regular format drafts. The opening partnership has a genuine match winner and a graceful and elegant stroke player. Together they can get the team to good starts with scoring good amount of runs, specially on subcontinent surfaces. At number 3 I have just the man needed to steady the ship in case of an early wicket in Headley who can be relied upon in the most difficult of situations. Him, Chappell and Miller form a spectacular middle order.
The bowling unit is strong, particularly the pace battery of Miller, Imran, Steyn and Willis. The four of them provide everything you can ask for from a pace attack in genuine pace, aggression, skill, quality match winning ability in most circumstances and surfaces. Backing them up would be Vogler and Chappell.
Last edited by AldoRaine18; 27-08-2014 at 04:46 PM.
And thanks a lot to harsh for organizing a fantastic draft.
Bob Simpson (c)
Sir Everton Weekes
Sir Garfield Sobers (5)
Prasanna Jayawardene (wk)
John Snow (2)
Sir Curtley Ambrose (1)
Ken Higgs (3)
Clarrie Grimmett (4)
Thanks for running this draft, Harsh. It was fun.
This is a very good team. In fact, I think I have never got a better team in any of the drafts I have been part of.
I love the top 5. It is of ATG quality with plenty of stroke makers and stylists and stubborn gluttons for runs. When the opposition finally gets them out, Jessop with his big hitting and Jayawardene with his pluck can give the bowlers more headache.
Ambrose and Grimmett are dream bowlers. Any cricket fan of any era would want them in his team. John Snow is a great fast bowler too. Higgs, with an average of 20 is the perfect third seamer. Of course, Sobers is there for some more swing bowling, or left arm spin.
Bob Simpson and Gary Sobers are among the greatest fielders of all time. And I trust Bob Simpson to lead them well.
All in all, I am quite pleased with how things turned out in the end.
Last edited by bagapath; 27-08-2014 at 09:57 PM.
Brian McMillan (4)
Billy Barnes (3)
Fred Trueman (2)
Muttiah Muralitharan (5)
Glenn McGrath (1)
A lot of stars but also quite a few average players. Interesting.
RIP Craig Walsh (Craig) 1985-2012
Proudly supporting the #2 cricketer of all time.
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