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And your failing to understand that is pretty much a minority POV & you will struggle to find anyone who picks a SA ATXI that will that will not have Richards. CW posters like yourself have shown clearly in this thread, they don't believe or support the idea of presuming players based on ability can do certain roles in team scenario's via assessing their talents and skill-sets (hence my previous points regarding Sanga & Stewart).Fail to understand how Richards can be in an all time test XI having not playing too many tests. That's the third time you have attacked me on that though. Funny.
A player thus it seems as the prevailing wisdom here (which is fine) can only be judged by what he is done - which also goes against how many players have actually been chosen in cricket history by selectors.
The general wisdom behind picking Barry is that - people who saw him bat in FC/world series cricket argue he was the greatest opener of the 70s besides Gavaskar & pick him on the belief that had SA not been banned - he would have replicated that greatness in tests similar to most of the lost 70s generation SA players. I buy that POV & if you view otherwise, don't behave as if just because you don't accept it - its not logical.