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    An International Test XI

    How would you go about selecting a current International XI to play the longer format of the game if you were restricted to just one player from each Test playing nation?
    A number of dilemmas occur. For instance should the Australian representative be Steve Smith or Pat Cummings or the New Zealand selection be Tom Latham or Neil Wagner? Then there's India. Who gets in, Virat Kholi or Ravi Ashwin?

    In the end I named the three batsmen in my side but is the line-up top heavy?

    Here is my International XI

    Tom Latham (NZ) /
    Dimuth Karunaratne (SL) /
    Babar Azam (P) /
    Steve Smith (Aus) /
    Virat Kholi (I) (c) /
    Ben Stokes (E) /o
    Mushfiqur Rahim (B) wk/
    Jason Holder (WI) o/
    Rashid Khan (Afg) o
    Kyle Jarvis o
    Kagiso Rabada (SA) o

    I initially had Brendan Taylor slotted in at #6 (hence my comment about a top-heavy line-up) but thought the bowling looked a bit thin so I swapped him for Jarvis.

    I fought over who should bat at #4 - Smith or Kholi. In the end I gave Smith the spot and the captaincy to Kholi.

    I welcome your thoughts and alternative selections.
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    I always want the more aggressive batsman at 4 and the more defensive crisis handler at 5. I would swap Kohli and Smith, otherwise, that is a very good side.
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    I feel like class batsman are in short supply these days so Smith is a must. What he adds to the batting compared to the next best replacement (after filling up the rest of the order) outweighs what Cummins brings to the table over someone else.

    I also think the weakest link should be somewhat hidden so I wouldn’t necessarily want him opening the bowling. So I’d swap Jarvis for Taylor, let him keep, and get Bumrah in for Kohli. Since Taylor can keep we can swap Mushy for Shakib as a back up for the untested Rashid Khan.

    Latham
    Karunaratne
    Babar
    Smith
    Stokes
    Shakib
    Holder
    Taylor +
    R. Khan
    Rabada
    Bumrah

    This also gives us a h4x tail with plenty of bowling options

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani View Post
    I always want the more aggressive batsman at 4 and the more defensive crisis handler at 5. I would swap Kohli and Smith, otherwise, that is a very good side.
    Nah get the better batsman in earlier. You want to give Smith as much time as you can.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheJediBrah View Post
    Nah get the better batsman in earlier. You want to give Smith as much time as you can.
    Then open with him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honestbharani View Post
    Then open with him.
    wouldn't be the worst idea tbh. Best spot for him would probably by 3 but depends on the team balance of course.

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    So I’d swap Jarvis for Taylor, let him keep
    Taylor is definitely a versatile player. He opens and 'keeps in ODI and is also a part-time offie.

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    Latham obviously the dedicated opener, but I'd be tempted to just pick Williamson instead. Better player and more often than not faces the new ball from first drop given the quality of most of the openers he's batted behind.

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    The versatilty of Taylor leads me to picking a ODI International XI
    Not surprisingly it is stacked with all-rounders.

    Brendan Taylor (Z) wk/
    Dave Warner (Aus) /
    Kane Williamson (NZ) /
    Virat Kohli (I) /
    Faf de Plessis (SA) /
    Ben Stokes (E) /o
    Shakib al Hasan (B) /o
    Mohammad Nabi (Afg) /o
    Imad Wasim (P) /o
    Jason Holder o/
    Akila Dananjaya (SL) o

    The problem I see with this line-up is there are too many proven #3 batsmen (Williamson, Kohli, du Plessis) but the list of all rounders that follows means the side bats right down to #10.

    There were a few alternatives I considered. Sikandar Raza could be Zimbabwe's representative, opening in place of Taylor. Mushfiqur Rahim or Jos Buttler would then come in as 'keeper ahead of either Shakib or Stokes. Raza would give another bowling option to compensate the loss of the all-rounder..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Line and Length View Post
    The versatilty of Taylor leads me to picking a ODI International XI
    Not surprisingly it is stacked with all-rounders.

    Brendan Taylor (Z) wk/
    Dave Warner (Aus) /
    Kane Williamson (NZ) /
    Virat Kohli (I) /
    Faf de Plessis (SA) /
    Ben Stokes (E) /o
    Shakib al Hasan (B) /o
    Mohammad Nabi (Afg) /o
    Imad Wasim (P) /o
    Jason Holder o/
    Akila Dananjaya (SL) o

    The problem I see with this line-up is there are too many proven #3 batsmen (Williamson, Kohli, du Plessis) but the list of all rounders that follows means the side bats right down to #10.

    There were a few alternatives I considered. Sikandar Raza could be Zimbabwe's representative, opening in place of Taylor. Mushfiqur Rahim or Josh Buttler would then come in as 'keeper ahead of either Shakib or Stokes.
    I like the depth of batting, but the attack is probably too spin-heavy. Starc and Babar in for Warner and Imad maybe would give a better balance?

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    Test xi

    Karunaratne
    Tamim
    Williamson
    Smith
    Babar
    De kock
    Obrien
    Holder
    Rashid khan
    Anderson
    Bumrah
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    Anderson hasn’t been fit for ages now

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    He had an injury in the last series we played. Otherwise he had taken 7 wickets in less than 40 overs, average 9 SR 31. So his form was good enough for me

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    Karunaratne
    Latham (wk)
    Babar Azam
    Smith
    Kohli
    Stokes
    Shakib Al Hasan
    Brendan Taylor
    Holder
    Rashid Khan
    Rabada

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    Quote Originally Posted by Red_Ink_Squid View Post
    Latham obviously the dedicated opener, but I'd be tempted to just pick Williamson instead. Better player and more often than not faces the new ball from first drop given the quality of most of the openers he's batted behind.
    A fair point but Latham is the highest ranked opener on the ICC batting rankings.

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