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    All-rounder-heavy Test teams

    The England team in the Ashes Test of 1882 contained no fewer than six all-rounders (Barlow, Grace, Barnes, Steel, Ulyett and Studd), which explains why in both innings it had front-line batsmen at number ten. I can't think of a line-up that even approximates this. Can anyone else?
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    South Africa had Kallis, Cronje, McMillan, Pollock, Klusener and Symcox. Every single player was a capable batsman.

    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...tralia-1997-98

    England had Jackson, Braund, Jessop, Hirst, Lockwood and Rhodes. Rhodes at 11 scored over 2,000 Test runs @ 30 with multiple Test centuries.

    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...f-england-1902

    England had Arnold, Braund, Hirst, Bosanquet, Relf and Rhodes. Again with Rhodes at 11.

    https://www.espncricinfo.com/series/...tralia-1903-04
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    I remember a game between India and South Africa in which the latter had a ridiculously strong tail with Symcox at 11, I think.
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    Sri Lanka did a similar thing in ODIs. Did they ever do it in tests also?


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    NZ's best stab at this (which is pretty mediocre obviously) would be a side containing Cairns, Oram, Styris, Vettori and if you want to get fun with it, Astle and McMillan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trundler View Post
    I remember a game between India and South Africa in which the latter had a ridiculously strong tail with Symcox at 11, I think.

    Not really against India, but here's a decent tail:
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    Trying to think of an equivalent for Pakistan. Perhaps Afridi, Mahmood, Mushtaq and Akram? That's pushing the all rounder label a bit.

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    If all of the Zimbabwean players actually played for zimbabwe they would have a good few

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    Pretty sure Australian sides just after the second war was filled with all rounders. What a contrast to the years since Davo and Benaud.

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    South Africa generally could bat down to eleven in most games where Allan Donald didn't play. There would likely have been sides where Donald was the only one without a FC century on occasion
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    Don't know if this is an exhaustive list but Australia had these players who could be called all rounders just after the war. Miller, Lindwall, Loxton, McCool, Ring, Ian Johnson, Pepper, Bill Alley. Some of these are probably on the edge of bowlers who can bat but Lindwall had two test tons and all the others, with the possible exception of Johnson, were arguably better bats than he.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZTailender View Post
    NZ's best stab at this (which is pretty mediocre obviously) would be a side containing Cairns, Oram, Styris, Vettori and if you want to get fun with it, Astle and McMillan.
    Jimmy Franklin could also be added to that lineup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the big bambino View Post
    Don't know if this is an exhaustive list but Australia had these players who could be called all rounders just after the war. Miller, Lindwall, Loxton, McCool, Ring, Ian Johnson, Pepper, Bill Alley. Some of these are probably on the edge of bowlers who can bat but Lindwall had two test tons and all the others, with the possible exception of Johnson, were arguably better bats than he.
    Yeah Lindwall and Johnson are probably more bowlers who could bat rather than pure all-rounders (Ring maybe the same), but yeah that's an impressive stash of all-rounders.

    Then there's Davidson, Benaud and Archer not that far behind them.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by trundler View Post
    Trying to think of an equivalent for Pakistan. Perhaps Afridi, Mahmood, Mushtaq and Akram? That's pushing the all rounder label a bit.
    Add Razzaq to it as well. I think above 4 and Razzaq played together at some point. Not sure if you are referring to Mushtaq Ahmed or Saqlain Mushtaq but both weren't allrounders.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trundler View Post
    I remember a game between India and South Africa in which the latter had a ridiculously strong tail with Symcox at 11, I think.
    Symcox was a batting all-rounder. Don't believe me? See his top career batting and bowling rating points.
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