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Draft - your selection must have a batting average close to the previous player's selection

Red

The artist formerly known as Monk
Ok, silly little idea for a draft to ease some lockdown boredom.

First participant will make their selection - any test cricketer in history (bar Bradman*).

Next selection and every selection thereafter must choose a player who is within 3 runs of the previous selection's batting average OR one of the two players either side of the previous selection's player in statsguru's all time test batting averages list (if no player is within three runs average and both players either side of the previous pick are already selected, the participant choosing must take the next available player by batting average, either up or down).

Example:

Player 1: takes Ramnaresh Sarwan (batting avg 40.01)

Player 2: can take the player either side of Sarwan in the batting avg list (in this case D'Oliveira or Edrich) OR any player with a batting average between 37.01 and 43.01

and so on...


"Wild" pick: Each participant has one "wild" selection that allows him/her to choose a player within 30 runs of the previously selected player, however using the wildcard means that participant drops to the end of the following round.


There are no breaks in the chain, so for people to select balanced XIs it's gonna be tricky.

Here is the list:

Batting averages

6 hours per pick to keep things moving along quickly, if you miss a turn you just select whenever you're next on and the immediate last pick made is the one the current player works with.

I'll post the entire randomised order once we have 10 or so players. Even rounds will be the reverse of the previous odd round, and the final round will also be completely randomised. If you can see any issues let me know.

* Bradman is available to any player should he be a viable selection, apart from the very first selection in the draft.
 

weeman27bob

International Debutant
Pretty sure you would be able to with the wildcard -- no one's going to pick Ganteaume, MN Nawaz, or Vic Stollmeyer.
I think in theory you could do it if someone picked Barry Richards because you could go up by 30 runs. But I think in turn someone would likely have to wildcard in to Barry Richards
 

Red

The artist formerly known as Monk
I'm in.

I assuming you can't pick Bradman with the wildcard either?
You can pick Bradman with a wildcard, but the participant with the initial pick in the draft cannot pick Bradman.

I'm in. Am I right in thinking there are neither minimum no of tests/innings nor date restrictions?
No minimum tests or date restrictions, players have to have played at least one test to be in the list.
 

Red

The artist formerly known as Monk
R1
michaelf7777777
kingkallis
andrewb
ataraxia
teuton
weeman27bob
srbhkshk
honestbharani
stephen
pothas
jojoXI
trundler
fuller pilch
red hill

R2
red hill
fuller pilch
trundler
jojoXI
pothas
stephen
honestbharani
srbhkshk
weeman27bob
teuton
ataraxia
andrewb
kingkallis
michaelf7777777

R3
fuller pilch
srbhkshk
andrewb
pothas
ataraxia
kingkallis
jojoXI
weeman27bob
trundler
stephen
honestbharani
michaelf7777777
red hill
teuton

R4
teuton
red hill
michaelf7777777
honestbharani
stephen
trundler
weeman27bob
jojoXI
kingkallis
ataraxia
pothas
andrewb
srbhkshk
fuller pilch

R5
srbhkshk
weeman27bob
andrewb
pothas
trundler
fuller pilch
ataraxia
kingkallis
red hill
stephen
michaelf7777777
teuton
honestbharani
jojoXI

R6
jojoXI
honestbharani
teuton
michaelf7777777
stephen
red hill
kingkallis
ataraxia
fuller pilch
trundler
pothas
andrewb
weeman27bob
srbhkshk

R7
kingkallis
ataraxia
weeman27bob
trundler
jojoXI
srbhkshk
stephen
red hill
pothas
andrewb
honestbharani
teuton
michaelf7777777
fuller pilch

R8
fuller pilch
michaelf7777777
teuton
honestbharani
andrewb
pothas
red hill
stephen
srbhkshk
jojoXI
trundler
weeman27bob
ataraxia
kingkallis

R9
honestbharani
weeman27bob
red hill
fuller pilch
kingkallis
trundler
andrewb
ataraxia
jojoXI
srbhkshk
pothas
stephen
michaelf7777777
teuton

R10
teuton
michaelf7777777
stephen
pothas
srbhkshk
jojoXI
ataraxia
andrewb
trundler
kingkallis
fuller pilch
red hill
weeman27bob
honestbharani

R11
jojoXI
srbhkshk
trundler
michaelf7777777
red hill
pothas
stephen
andrewb
weeman27bob
honestbharani
kingkallis
fuller pilch
ataraxia
teuton
 

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