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Finding out the best decade for test cricket: The tournament thread! 12 ATG XIs duke it out.

mr_mister

Hall of Fame Member
So we're gonna use the randomiser for every match. I don't want to do any kind of seeding system because I'm worried it'l lead to arguments/affect what voters think they should vote for

Round 1 is gonna be 4 groups of 3 with the top 2 advancing to a final 8, from then we will have 1v1 QFs, SFs and a final.

Firstly, all the teams:

1870s/80s/90s:

WG Grace* 6
Bobby Abel
Arthur Shrewsbury
KS Ranji
Billy Murdoch
AG Steel 5
Jack Blackham +
Bobby Peel 4
George Lohmann 2
Charlie Turner 3
Fred Spofforth 1

1900s/1910s:

Jack Hobbs
Victor Trumper
Clem Hill
Aubrey Faulkner 5
Stanley Jackson *
Monty Noble 6
Frank Foster 2
Dick Lilley +
Tibby Cotter 3
Sydney Barnes 1
Colin Blythe 4

1920s:

Jack Hobbs
Herb Sutcliffe
Charlie Macartney 7
Wally Hammond 5
Herbie Taylor *
Frank Woolley 6
Jack Gregory 2
Maurice Tate 1
Bert Oldfield +
Clarrie Grimmett 4
Ted Mcdonald 3

1930s:

Len Hutton
Bruce Mitchell
Don Bradman *
George Headley
Wally Hammond 5
Stan McCabe 6
Les Ames +
Harold Larwood 1
Hedley Verity 4
Bill O'Reilly 3
Manny Martindale 2

1940s:

Len Hutton
Arthur Morris
Don Bradman *
Denis Compton 5
Dudley Nourse
Everton Weekes
Keith Miller 2
Don Tallon+
Ray Lindwall 1
Jack Cowie 3
Bill Johnston 4

1950s:

Len Hutton *
Hanif Mohammad
Neil Harvey
Everton Weekes
Clyde Walcott
Gary Sobers 5
John Waite +
Allan Davidson 3
Jim Laker 4
Alec Bedser 2
Fred Trueman 1

1960s:

Bob Simpson * 6
Bill Lawry
Ken Barrington
Graeme Pollock
Rohan Kanhai
Gary Sobers 5
Denis Lindsay +
Allan Davidson 2
Peter Pollock 3
Fred Trueman 1
Lance Gibbs 4

1970s:

Geoff Boycott
Sunil Gavaskar
Viv Richards
Greg Chappell *
Javed Miandad
Ian Botham 5
Allan Knott +
Derek Underwood 4
Dennis Lillee 1
Andy Roberts 2
Jeff Thomson 3


1980s:

Sunil Gavaskar
Gordon Greenidge
Viv Richards
Javed Miandad
Allan Border
Imran Khan 3 *
Jeff Dujon +
Kapil Dev 5
RichardHadlee 2
Malcolm Marshall 1
Joel Garner 4

1990s:

Graham Gooch *
Saeed Anwar
Brian Lara
Sachin Tendaulker
Steve Waugh 5
Aravinda De Silva 6
Ian Healy +
Wasim Akram 2
Shane Warne 4
Curtley Ambrose 1
Allan Donald 3

2000s:

Matthew Hayden
Graeme Smith *
Ricky Ponting
Rahul Dravid
Jacques Kallis 5
Kumar Sangakkarra
Adam Gilchrist +
Shaun Pollock 3
Dale Steyn 2
Muttiah Muralitharan 4
Glen McGrath 1

2010s:

Alistair Cook
Dave Warner
Kane Williamson
Steve Smith
Virat Kohli *
Shakib Al Hasan 5
BJ Watling +
Ravi Ashwin 4
Pat Cummins 3
Dale Steyn 1
Jimmy Anderson 2
 
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mr_mister

Hall of Fame Member
Round 1, Heat 1:

The randomiser has spat out

  1. 1920s
  2. 1940s
  3. 2000s

So vote for 2 of these 3 teams:


1920s:

Jack Hobbs
Herb Sutcliffe
Charlie Macartney 7
Wally Hammond 5
Herbie Taylor *
Frank Woolley 6
Jack Gregory 2
Maurice Tate 1
Bert Oldfield +
Clarrie Grimmett 4
Ted Mcdonald 3

1940s:

Len Hutton
Arthur Morris
Don Bradman *
Denis Compton 5
Dudley Nourse
Everton Weekes
Keith Miller 2
Don Tallon+
Ray Lindwall 1
Jack Cowie 3
Bill Johnston 4

2000s:

Matthew Hayden
Graeme Smith *
Ricky Ponting
Rahul Dravid
Jacques Kallis 5
Kumar Sangakkarra
Adam Gilchrist +
Shaun Pollock 3
Dale Steyn 2
Muttiah Muralitharan 4
Glen McGrath 1
 

mr_mister

Hall of Fame Member
I actually think the 20s side has a decent shot here against the 40s as it has a full time spinner and slightly better openers... but i'm gonna vote for the 40s and 00s. Hard to ignore Bradman
 

sunilz

International Debutant
40, 00

Don't see anyone comfortable against McGrath + Murali combo except Bradman
 

271 & 16/166

School Boy/Girl Cricketer
20s and 40s

Want to back in the old boys of the 20s with the four all rounders including Gregory at seven, Hobbs & Sutcliffe to open and Tate & McDonald the opening attack, the experts of the day and decades past rated them exceptional
 

stephen

Hall of Fame Member
40s, 00s.

Honestly think 40s should be the top seeded/favourite myself. Better than the 30s side and I think a Bradman based side should be favourite.
 

Fuller Pilch

International Captain
Very tough tournament! The 1920s is a great great team, but the 40s and 00s are ATG teams, so they get my votes.
 

ankitj

Hall of Fame Member
They say don't compare players across eras. And we are comparing whole teams lol

Honestly no idea on what basis I should be voting. 😐
 

mr_mister

Hall of Fame Member
All the teams can be made on the latest cricket captain game, as they added a feature to make up a test series between any players in history. I've downloaded it but I dunno it's just gonna use raw averages to decide the results so the Bradman teams will win as he's such an outlier
 

Red_Ink_Squid

International Regular
20s and 00s.

Man for man the 40s may be better than either but the balance of the team seems a little off. Not sure I like Miller in a 4 man attack with no proper spinner.
 

The Sean

Cricketer Of The Year
1940s and 2000s.

Shows how good these sides are when I have to drop a team as brilliant as that 1920s combination at the first hurdle...
 

Coronis

International Regular
I can’t vote against Hobbs and Sutcliffe. Not to mention Hammond and Grimmett.

20’s 00’s
 

Victor Ian

Cricketer Of The Year
Bummer. I thought this part was going to be simmed. I was hoping each playoff would be a series of 5 tests so I could watch Bradman rack up the runs

40s and 00s.

Against the 20s Bradman scored 823 runs including a new world record 434no.

Against the 00s he made 925 and has 6 centuries from 15 innings so far. He was heard making a quip to Hobbs and Grace that these modern pitches are too easy, and they all laughed.
 

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