Now, I know these kind of things serve no purpose other than sheer amusement and speculation, but I'm always a fan of a bit of alternate history and the what-not, so here goes.
What if Emily Bradman had a bit of a headache 9 months prior to the 27th August 1908 and little Don had never been born. Would cricket be the same? Would someone else have stepped up to the plate in terms of statistical domination? Does Bodyline happen, as England don't fear Australia's battting line-up as much, and do Anglo-Australian relations stay strong*?
Or closer to home, in the 2015 World Cup Final, what if Brendon McCullum steps out 3rd ball and instead of losing his stumps, whacks Mitchell Starc over midwicket for 6, and goes on to score 75 off 40 balls. Does this boost New Zealand to victory, or are Australia just too good?
What about South Africa, just before the Gleneagles Agreement* excludes them from international sport. That team of Pollock, Procter, Richards and Barlow, had the ban not occurred, could they have dominated the game? A titanic struggle between them and the West Indian side of that time would have been quite a sight. Would those names be the first down on any ATG teamsheet, or were their achievements merely beginners luck?
And of course, if Haddin holds onto that catch off Root, do Australia win the Ashes? :P
So come one, come all, and enter the
Scary Door, Twilight Zoneland of Cricket What-Ifs!
In all seriousness, this thread is meant to create some light hearted debate/discussion. Feel free to discuss the ones I've suggested, suggest and discuss your own potential scenarios, or totally refute the ridiculous and pointless notion that is alternative-future speculation.
*My history may not be spot on.