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    Tournament XI

    Matthew Hayden
    Gautum Gambhir
    Yuvraj Singh
    Misbah-ul-Haq
    Craig McMillan
    MS Dhoni (wk) (c)
    Shahid Afridi
    Daniel Vettori
    Stuart Clark
    Umar Gul
    RP Singh

    There are a few contentious spots. Irfan Pathan, Nathan Bracken, Mohammad Asif and Morne Morkel are all in with a shot for a bowling slot, while Kevin Pietersen or Shoaib Malik could slot into the middle order, or Sanath Jayasuriya, Herschelle Gibbs, Brendon McCullum could open. I'd really like some thoughts on this if possible guys, could be an interesting discussion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Perm View Post
    Matthew Hayden
    Gautum Gambhir
    Yuvraj Singh
    Misbah-ul-Haq
    Craig McMillan
    MS Dhoni (wk) (c)
    Shahid Afridi
    Daniel Vettori
    Stuart Clark
    Umar Gul
    RP Singh

    There are a few contentious spots. Irfan Pathan, Nathan Bracken, Mohammad Asif and Morne Morkel are all in with a shot for a bowling slot, while Kevin Pietersen or Shoaib Malik could slot into the middle order, or Sanath Jayasuriya, Herschelle Gibbs, Brendon McCullum could open. I'd really like some thoughts on this if possible guys, could be an interesting discussion.
    Afridi batting that far up the order is worrisome for me, given his performance in the tournament itself, bowling wise he was great, the side just feels a little light with the bat. Afridi for Malik maybe?

    Good squad IMO. Gilchrist and McCullum I feel would both have a good shout at taking it from Dhoni though, especially if Malik was in the squad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Afridi batting that far up the order is worrisome for me, given his performance in the tournament itself, bowling wise he was great, the side just feels a little light with the bat. Afridi for Malik maybe?

    Good squad IMO. Gilchrist and McCullum I feel would both have a good shout at taking it from Dhoni though, especially if Malik was in the squad.
    I thought about that, but how often are you going to need your #7 to bat for any length of time in a twenty over match? Also, we need the 5th bowling option, which I suppose could be provided with a mix of Malik/Yuvraj/McMillan, although it would be significantly weaker.

    McCullum was poor for the majority of the tournament IMO. Got a few unbeaten runs against Kenya that boosted his average, and scored slowly against Sri Lanka, Pakistan and England. In reality, his only good game with the bat was against South Africa were he scored 38 from 26. Gilchrist is another possibility, although Dhoni's captaincy really swings it his way.

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    Better options than Dhoni as captain IMO, never been fond of the idea of wicketkeeping captains. He's done alright so far, but I wouldn't call him a good captain just yet.

    I thought McCullum looked as good as he always does in T20, aggressive and quick between the wickets, but I think Hayden and Gambhir would be an excellent opening pair.

    But lets say McCullum instead, which would free up Dhoni's position.

    Matthew Hayden
    Brendon McCullum (wk)
    Chris Gayle (c?)
    Shoaib Malik (c?)
    Yurjav Singh
    Misbah-ul-Haq
    Craig McMillan
    Daniel Vettori
    Umar Gul
    Stuart Clark
    RP Singh

    12th man Albie Morkel


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    Quote Originally Posted by Athlai View Post
    Better options than Dhoni as captain IMO, never been fond of the idea of wicketkeeping captains. He's done alright so far, but I wouldn't call him a good captain just yet.
    I would, I think he captained very well during the tournament, and that's all we have to judge him on. I'm not a big fan of captains who keep wicket either, and I beleive it will be hard for him to do so, especially when he is one of the premier batsman in his side. But he performed well, so I think he deserves the captaincy of this imaginary team

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    I thought McCullum looked as good as he always does in T20, aggressive and quick between the wickets, but I think Hayden and Gambhir would be an excellent opening pair.
    McCullum always looks good, but as I said before, his productive was quite limited. Gambhir's knock in the final practically pushes aside any other options, unless he were to bat at #3.

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    But lets say McCullum instead, which would free up Dhoni's position.

    Matthew Hayden
    Brendon McCullum (wk)
    Chris Gayle (c?)
    Shoaib Malik (c?)
    Yurjav Singh
    Misbah-ul-Haq
    Craig McMillan
    Daniel Vettori
    Umar Gul
    Stuart Clark
    RP Singh

    12th man Albie Morkel
    I thought about having Gayle in the team, he did score a century against South Africa and bowl four very tight overs against Bangladesh, but he only played two games which counted against him. He didn't captain either, Ramnaresh Sarwan did, so that wouldn't be a fair selection. Shoaib Malik is definitely in contention though. Albie Morkel played well against Bangladesh, superbly against England and kept his team in the hunt againts India. Definitely worth a look.

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    Gambhir
    Hayden
    Malik(C)
    Misbah
    Mcmillan
    Jayawardene
    MSDhoni(wk)
    Vettori
    Gul
    S.Clark
    R.P.Singh
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    Hadyen
    Taylor (wk)
    Yuvraj
    Malik (c)
    McMillan
    Misbah
    Afridi
    Vettori
    Clark
    Singh
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    Yuvraj
    Malik (coffee)
    Misbah
    McMillan
    Afridi
    Vettori
    Clark
    Gul
    Singh
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    I had posted a team immediately after the tournament ended on the semi-finals-final. Here it is again.

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    Here is my team of the WC Twenty 20 2007

    1. Hayden
    2. Gayle
    3. Yuvraj
    4. Kemp
    5. Misbah
    6. Gilchrist (keeper)
    7. Afridi
    8. Vettori (captain)
    9. Clarke
    10. Gul
    11. RP Singh
    On second thoughts I would replace Kemp with McMillan

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    Love how Hayden has been selected in everyone's team after some were calling for his head after Australia's first game.
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    1 Matt Hayden
    2 Chris Gayle
    3 Brendon Taylor (+)
    4 Yuvraj Singh
    5 Misbah Ul Haque
    6 Craig McMillan (c) (yep, I think he's that good, should open the bowling too tbh)
    7 Shahid Afridi
    8 Daniel Vettori
    9 Stuart Clark
    10 Umar Gul
    11 RP Singh

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