Been playing as Surrey in ICC 2005, won 2 CC's in a row. Also found a youth player who got rejected by some other county - he's now playing for England.
I just started the 2007 season. Got offered the English job at the end of last season, but knocked it back. Thinking of taking it up at the end of this season.
Side currently is
Richard Clinton/David (B - can't remember his full surname - he's a regen)
Both can do a job, I guess. I thought that David bloke looked alright in 2005 when he made some gun innings, but he hasn't kicked on. Clinton played good in limited opportunies last season, but he's more backup at this stage in his career.
England screwed him over by picking him in a format he's crap at (ODers) - he hasn't truly been the same batsman since. Still, he's one of our best batsmen.
Andy Pollock (regen)
I got him from another county's academy - they passed on him. Astonishgly, in his first season he got into the England side, and in his 2nd season, he now has a central contract.
M (can't remember his first name) Henman (regen)
Not quite as good as Pollock. This guy is one of our products. Still, he looks as if he'll have a long county career.
Ageing, but still gets into the English side. Still one of the major keys in our lineup.
Had a dubious season last year, but he's still a fine batsmen. Has got more time on his side than Ramprakash and Thorpe, for example.
He was our rock for a season, but he's now past it and can't get into the first XI. Will probably give it up after this season.
Jon Moss (K)
Our first Kolpak player, we signed him this season. More of a batting all-rounder ala Rikki Clarke.
Has done admirably when he's played, but he isn't a regular. Excellent backup.
Azhar Mahmood (overseas)
He was generally our 2nd best bowler in our time at the club. The big question is - will he become a home-qualified player now that he's found himself a wife?
(some wicket keeper I can't remember their name - regen) & Andrew Hodd
Average wikkies which we have around after Batty left the club. They can do a job, I guess.
(some SL spinner who I can't remember their name) (overseas)
As Harbahjan Singh (our Clubman of the Year in 2005 and 2006) is unavailable in 2007, we went for a random Sri Lankan spinner. Averages under 20, so probably has the goods.
Useful bowling all-rounder who we signed this season. Should open the bowling with Mahmood.
Second-string spinner, but since getting into the side, has done pretty well.
Excellent 2005 was backed up by a weaker 2006. Still, he's pretty good to have as back-up.
Has fallen out of favour recently. Bowled OK in 2005 and 2006, but looks to be over the hill.
RIP Craig Walsh (Craig) 1985-2012
Proudly supporting the #2 cricketer of all time.
Awesome win playing as Zimbabwe. Couldn't believe it at first.
This was a serious post:
B Denver was a batting allrounder, averaged around 53 in first class with the bat and 35 with the ball, but I made him my spinner at number 8 after Cameron White retired. I think Denver's averages at the end of his test career were something like 39 bat and 29 bowl. Peters and Straw were both bowlers but quite solid number 8 standard batsmen too. Made it a lot easier having those three in my side for a few years although the bowling suffered a little. I mostly find the 'specialist' spinners to be pretty poor in the game, although about 17 'seasons' ago I got one who was the complete opposite - averaged 13 with the ball in tests and 10 in ODI's before retiring last season :O
Andrew Symonds 143*
Started a game on ICC 2010 on my iPod with Warwickshire.
Chris Woakes is a gun. 53 wickets @18 and about 500 runs @40-ish before England came calling. Trott and Bell have been gone all year. James Ord has come good too - averaging above 70 this year.
Everything else has been pretty dire though. Everyone performed up until about June, and the T20s screwed me over - everyone forgot how to bowl. Imran Tahir and Rankin aren't taking wickets, and only Ord is making runs consistently.
Was pushing for the CC, now more likely to finish mid-table.
Just started a season with England on ICC2009.
Not sure if it is just me or does Broady seem expensive in ODIs? I've had rest of my bowlers at 2-3 RPO but Broad just keeps going at 6-7! Its really hurting the good look of my stats lol.
Just started an International career with S.A in ICC11. Highlight was beating England 2-1 in the tests, but lowlight was losing 4-1 in the ODI's. About to start the T20 WC, hope it goes well.
In terms of contracts, I re-signed Tahir and picked up Phil Mustard, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Hamish Marshall, Billy Taylor and Darren Pattinson.
Ant Botha has disappeared on me, I guess he retired, and I let go 6 or 7 underperforming young guys to make those signings. Missing a back-up spinner, but the pace stocks are looking a bit better than last year. Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle are my T20 signings.
ICC 2005 - Australia update season 2024
A quiet Saturday afternoon has resulted in playing through a couple extra seasons.
World Test Championship
World ODI Championship
Feeling very dirty as India moments ago beat Australia in the 2024 World Cup.
Current starting squad - Test records
1. G Jefferson: 24,174 runs @ 82.22
2. D May: 17,477 runs @ 65.95, 300 wickets @ 38.03
3. B Popplewell: 10,829 runs @ 72.68
4. G Fish: 6,593 runs @ 72.45
5. R Forrest: 4,294 runs @ 66.06
6. M Herceg: 634 runs @ 52.83
7. T Danvers: 5,105 runs @ 37.26
8. L Fry: 1,244 runs @ 24.88, 380 wickets @ 24.61
9. J Hemp: 2,893 runs @ 18.43, 1,154 wickets @ 25.83
10. R Corbett: 1,418 runs @ 18.91, 390 wickets @ 29.66
11. M Bent: 354 runs @ 9.57, 194 wickets @ 30.94
A Agee: 5,481 runs @ 63.00
R Birtles: 2,215 runs @ 52.74
T Gratrix: 6,127 runs @ 51.06
J Westlake: 930 runs @ 48.95
G Remmington: 795 runs @ 46.76
A Norton: 1,327 runs @ 44.23
B Robertson: 2,253 runs @ 44.18
D Morris: 69 wickets @ 32.26
I Beresford: 48 wickets @ 35.48
S Matthews: 57 wickets @ 35.63
M Pollard: 221 wickets @ 36.31
Having no troubles recycling batsmen through both the Test and ODI sides. So much quality sitting on the bench. I have my eye on another talented batsman who has started his first class career well with an average of 67.43.
Bowling a different story. Almost no talent on the bench, and this team is ****ed when Hemp retires (36 now). Plenty of bowlers who average low 20's in first class cricket, however this seems to translate into a mid 30 Test bowling averages.
The batting depth of your Australian side is amazing. Bit tough to leave out a bunch of guys averaging 50+!
I started a new game on ICC 2011 with Zimbabwe a few days ago, and given the quality of the players have been pretty pleased with results. Just about finished my fourth season. Earlier today won my first test series against Pakistan away with a win in the first test and a draw in the second. Had some great T20 results (two wins at the 2012 T20 World Cup and series wins against New Zealand and West Indies). Still yet to win an ODI series but have won an ODI in almost every series, just not enough consistency to win two ODIs in a row.
The star has been Steve Trenchard who has hit 7 centuries in the 12 tests hes played in and averages 59. Also averages mid 40s in ODIs. No other batsman is even close in the number of runs scored or centuries made in any format. Had a good regen allrounder called W.Stephenson who has taken important wickets in his two seasons of international cricket and is a handy number 8/9. Chigumbura's been good with the bat and useful with the ball in ODIs and T20s. Meth was good with bat and ball in the first few seasons but has struggled in 2014/15. Maruma (leg spinner) has been the pick of the bowlers though, and given the pitches provided for us tend to suit spin bowling hes led the attack.
I might post a few screenshots of my matches in the next couple of days.
Good effort Somerset. It looks like you're developing a strong core of youngsters. It's truly the key to attaining success in ICC is to scrounge for wins whilst waiting for the gun youngsters to come through.
Won 3 of 6 group games at the 2015 World Cup, but still missed out on the quarter-finals by 0.06 on NRR to England, who we'd beaten earlier in the tournament. Disappointing to say the least.
Ooh, so close. Gutted!
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