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    Who has played the most tests without being dropped?

    So basically, injuries don't count. Has to be Sachin right?

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    Should clarify that I mean tests in a row. Though I don't know if Sachin was ever dropped anyway

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    Border played 153 Tests in a row.
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    Yeah, Border most consecutive, but the question was most tests without being dropped. It's still likely to be Border provided those ( Dravid, Chanderpaul, Kallis, Waugh, Ponting and Tendulkar ) who played more tests than he, were not only dropped, but were dropped after a few matches.

    FTR, was Tendulkar ever dropped? And if so, surely it was very early on, allowing him to go more than 153 tests after that without being dropped again.

    Sorry, just noticed the question was changed
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    No it's fine that still answers the question. I just didn't want people to think I meant most matches played without ever being dropped, in case Sachin was dropped once early on

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zinzan View Post
    Yeah, Border most consecutive, but the question was most tests without being dropped. It's still likely to be Border provided those ( Dravid, Chanderpaul, Kallis, Waugh, Ponting and Tendulkar ) who played more tests than he, were not only dropped, but were dropped after a few matches.

    FTR, was Tendulkar ever dropped? And if so, surely it was very early on, allowing him to go more than 153 tests after that without being dropped again.

    Sorry, just noticed the question was changed
    Well I know Waugh and Ponting still spent time out of the side late enough in their career (especially Waugh, it wasn't until he was 27-28 before he was undroppable). The others....less so probably, but I don't know enough about non-Australian selection policies of the 90's.

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    Well provided Tendulkar's dropping was prior to his 47th test, which I'm certain it would have been, it's him.

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    Neither Dravid nor Tendulkar were ever dropped from the test team by my memory. They only ever missed tests through injury or were rested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Well I know Waugh and Ponting still spent time out of the side late enough in their career (especially Waugh, it wasn't until he was 27-28 before he was undroppable). The others....less so probably, but I don't know enough about non-Australian selection policies of the 90's.
    Yeah & Punter was dropped for being a lad about town in his early days wasn't he?

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    I think Punter's dropping was genuinely due to poor form. Lehmann was playing really well in FC cricket IIRC. But yeah the black eye he got at a pub/club was around that time

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    Before the Bangladesh games AB de Villiers hadn't missed a Test since making his debut.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OverratedSanity View Post
    Neither Dravid nor Tendulkar were ever dropped from the test team by my memory. They only ever missed tests through injury or were rested.
    Rested is being dropped IMO. Sure players do need breaks, though Border didnt in 153 tests....

    But how many boards are going to come out and say 'Were dropping your national hero because he's in poor form'. They'll say he's tired and needs a rest instead. Unless its genuine injury recovery it shouldn't be discounted
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    Rested is being dropped IMO. Sure players do need breaks, though Border didnt in 153 tests....

    But how many boards are going to come out and say 'Were dropping your national hero because he's in poor form'. They'll say he's tired and needs a rest instead. Unless its genuine injury recovery it shouldn't be discounted
    I wouldn't say rested is being dropped, but I would say it's not always been easy to distinguish between the 2.

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