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    Benaud Equivalent XI

    As a previous thread has said currently in England on Channel 4 Richie Benaud is picking his 'XI' which he would like to represent him for entertainment reasons as well as ability. Well, it got me thinking and I came up with an XI that I would love to sit down and watch with a cool can of Coke in my hand. Have a look at mine and submit your own with reasons as to why you've picked each player.

    1. Marvan ATAPATTU // Great technique, a lesson to watch him bat.
    2. C.B FRY // Graceful strokemaker, and a great history behind him.
    3. Don BRADMAN // The best batsmen ever? Stat's wise most certainly. I would love to see him play.
    4. * Wally HAMMOND // Graceful batsmen, best slip fielder ever and a decent bowler.
    5. Gilbert JESSOP // Apparently hit the ball cleaner than anyone in the history of the game. Also, a handy bowler. I would have loved to have watched him in his pomp.
    6. Ian BOTHAM // Awesome to see him bat, and the same goes for his bowling.
    7. + Les AMES // Brilliant batsmen and a very, very good wicketkeeper.
    8. Wasim AKRAM // I loved watching him bowl, 'sultan of swing'. Entertaining to watch him bat when he was in his prime also.
    9. Shane WARNE // Great bowler, both in ability terms and strategically.
    10. Jeff THOMPSON // Slingy action, frightfully fast. Who doesn't like watching a seeringly Fast Bowler?
    11. Jack IVERSON // Great story and background to the bloke and he was a great bowler as well. Innovative, would have loved to watch him bowl in tandem with Warney.

    * - Captain
    + - Wicketkeeper

    As mentioned before, it's a personal thing and this team is one I would love to see play together for entertainment reasons but also for technique and the many lessons that would be learned from watching them.

    Leave yours below.

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    Nope, as mentioned before. It's a personal thing, entertainment can be deemed any way you want. For me, I have enough batting entertainment with Botham and Jessop who could smack bowlers around the park. But I also have other Batsmen who would/do have entertained me, such as Atapattu. It is a lesson watching him bat because of his technique, it's masterful and for me it's entertaining to watch him. For others, maybe like yourself it may be different.

    Just because I said that this team would be entertaining to watch it doesnt mean that swashbuckling players like Viv Richards should automatically be selected. You pick a team which would entertain you, if you like the swashbuckling players like Richards et al then include them in your team.

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    My XI...

    1. G Pollock // Hard to explain but I have a fascination with that South African side and he was a superb bat.
    2. S Gavaskar // Brilliant batsman, superb technique. Great record too.
    3. D Bradman // No reason needed I think
    4. R Ponting // I could pretend to think of reasons, or I just be honest and say he's just my favourite cricketer.
    5. G Sobers // Another one with no reason needed...
    6. J Kallis // Another player I love to watch. Superb batsman, fluent strokeplay coupled with perfect defence. What more could you want?
    7. S McCabe // If I was to go back in time to see one innings, it would be his 187*.
    8. R Marsh // Even I don't know why hes here, I just like him.
    9. M Marshall // One of the greats.
    10. Ramadhin and Valentine // Ive always dreamt of seeing those two in action
    11. W Younis // Always preffered him above Akram for some reason, a great bowler. Ingenious in so many ways, king of swing.

    Thats mine. Yes I know the order is not great, I did it very rough. Thats not the point.


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    this is straight off the top of my head...

    1. Gordon Greenidge
    2. Micheal Slater
    3. Don Bradman
    4. Doug Walters
    5. Derek Randall
    6. Ian Botham
    7. Rod Marsh
    8. Richie Benaud
    9. Lance Cairns
    10. Mikey Holding
    11. Dennis Lillee


    this is subject to change...i think a pretty entertaining and yet pretty strong line up
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    A Squad of 15

    Victor Trumper - im surprised no one has mentioned him
    Jack Hobbs - a great opening batsman
    Don Bradman - no reason needed
    Brian Lara - the most talented batsman of the last 15 years
    K.S. Ranjitsinhji - the first great indian, a joy to watch
    Garry Sobers - amazing batsman, good bowler and slip fielder
    Adam Gilchrist - phenomenal hitting
    Gilbert Jessop - the most aggressive batsman ever, scored faster than gilchrist, the greatest fielder of his day and no mean bowler
    Malcolm Marshall - the most complete and best fast bowler ever
    Muttiah Muralitharan - controversial but the best spinner ever imo
    Sydney Barnes - the greatest of all bowlers
    Jonty Rhodes - stunning fielder
    Richard Hadlee - the pinnacle of rhythum, swing and accuracy
    W G Grace - the first truely great player
    Jim Laker - 19 wickets at old Trafford in 1956 and 8-2 against the rest in 1950

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    1) Gavasker: great temperament, technique and style
    2) Haydon: those big powerful strokes are a joy to see
    3) tendulkar: he's my fave player so i had to make room for him lol
    4) Brian Lara: when in top form he's AWESOME to watch making batting look more like poetry
    5) jonty rhodes: great to watch him field
    6) +Gilchrist: he's my favourite player to watch bat and not bad behind the stumps
    7) Chris Cairns: great entertainer with a bat and ball
    8) wasim: great bowler n could do some big htting so hes in lol
    9) Courtney Walsh: great to watch him bowl
    10) MURALI: out f sheer enjoyment of watching him bowl and the extra fun of watching him shout at someone if they misfield
    11) Waqar: great to watch him bowl those toe crunchers
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    Best bowler = Muttiah Muralitharan

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    Quote Originally Posted by a massive zebra
    A Squad of 15

    Victor Trumper - im surprised no one has mentioned him
    Jack Hobbs - a great opening batsman
    Don Bradman - no reason needed
    Brian Lara - the most talented batsman of the last 15 years
    K.S. Ranjitsinhji - the first great indian, a joy to watch
    Garry Sobers - amazing batsman, good bowler and slip fielder
    Adam Gilchrist - phenomenal hitting
    Gilbert Jessop - the most aggressive batsman ever, scored faster than gilchrist, the greatest fielder of his day and no mean bowler
    Malcolm Marshall - the most complete and best fast bowler ever
    Muttiah Muralitharan - controversial but the best spinner ever imo
    Sydney Barnes - the greatest of all bowlers
    Jonty Rhodes - stunning fielder
    Richard Hadlee - the pinnacle of rhythum, swing and accuracy
    W G Grace - the first truely great player
    Jim Laker - 19 wickets at old Trafford in 1956 and 8-2 against the rest in 1950
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    Nobody here can say 'No Viv Richards?' because this is a personal opinion XI and not entirely based on skill...

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    Since this is just personal liking, I wouldn't raise the the question that Tendulkar was missing in almost all but one side so far (, don't point out the irony )
    Anyway, I can only pick the ones I hv seen, or ones who are very very well reputed

    Virender Sehwag
    Sunil Gavaskar
    Rahul Dravid
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Viv Richards
    Andrew Flintoff
    Adam Gilchrist (w.k)
    Kapil Dev (c)
    Malcolm Marshall
    Curtley Ambrose
    Mutthiah Muralitharan

    Maybe there is a bit of Indian bias there, but *meh* it's my choice afterall
    Of this lot, I only haven't seen Marshall and Richards, but their reputation is enough for me to pick them ..
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    Quote Originally Posted by delkap
    Since this is just personal liking, I wouldn't raise the the question that Tendulkar was missing in almost all but one side so far (, don't point out the irony )
    Anyway, I can only pick the ones I hv seen, or ones who are very very well reputed
    Virender Sehwag (I dont agree)
    Sunil Gavaskar (I agree )
    Rahul Dravid ( I ll prefer Lara)
    Sachin Tendulkar ( I agree)
    Viv Richards( I agree)
    Andrew Flintoff (Kallis for sure)
    Adam Gilchrist (w.k) (I agree )
    Kapil Dev (c) (Botham , Imran , Headly were way better and as a captain then Imran )
    Malcolm Marshall ( I definately agree)
    Curtley Ambrose ( Wasim or Shoaib Akhtar)
    Mutthiah Muralitharan
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    My current "good-to-watch" XI would be:

    M Vaughan
    H Gibbs
    R Dravid
    B Lara
    R Ponting
    VVS Laxman
    +K Sangakkara
    S Warne
    C Vaas
    J Gillespie
    M Muralitharan

    For an all time XI, I'd try to fit in Trumper, Sobers, Botham, Holding, Wasim, M Waugh, etc
    Maybe even Viv Richards.

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    No Viv Richards?
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    I'm sorry, that last message was a typo.

    It should have read "No! Viv Richards?"



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