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    Quote Originally Posted by albo97056 View Post
    I dont think theres many that would agree with you there. How often does one see the best side in tests be the best side in odis? often theres only 1 or 2 changes in the best teams.
    That's nonsense, the best players are regularly good at only 1 form of the game. The best ODI batsman ever couldn't make any mark at all in Tests.

    Never is a best-ODI-XI the same as a best-Test-XI, and often there are 4 or 5 changes worthwhile.
    Are you telling me because shane warne loops the ball hes no good for odis? Hes the best bowler of spin in aus and for many years he played both forms of the game
    Yes, because he was the best ODI and Test bowler - he possessed accuracy and big spin, something few have ever done.
    its the same for many countries...Your best bowlers play in both forms its as simple as that..
    That's nonsense, your best short-form bowlers play ODIs and your best long-form bowlers play Tests. The requirements in the two forms of the game are different.
    you stil havent said who should be englands spinner? Hes miles ahead of any competition.
    Why do England need a spinner? If the seamers are all good enough, you don't need one. Right now, I think Blackwell has probably done sufficient to be first-in-line.
    Your best bowlers in odis take wickets.... theyre not run savers
    Not true, the best ODI bowlers are those that keep it tight - the best of all are those that keep it tight AND bowl wicket-taking deliveries.
    you have bowlers who keep it tight like gayle dalrymple and symonds etc but how often do they win games for their sides with economical bowling.. its all about wickets, if you pick them up in those middle overs with a spinner you're guaranteed to be on top, if you just keep it tight sooner or later the seamers come back and get targetted.
    Dalrymple and Symonds... keeping it tight? Sorry, what?

    If your entire attack bowls economically, you win games, simple as. If the seamers come back after the spinners and get targetted they'll either bowl well and continue to staunch the flow of runs (eventually leading to wickets, inevitably) or they'll bowl poorly and get belted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    That's nonsense, the best players are regularly good at only 1 form of the game. The best ODI batsman ever couldn't make any mark at all in Tests.
    And of course 2 of the best batsmen of all time, Viv and Sachin - they were only good in one form weren't they?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    That's nonsense, the best players are regularly good at only 1 form of the game. The best ODI batsman ever couldn't make any mark at all in Tests.

    Never is a best-ODI-XI the same as a best-Test-XI, and often there are 4 or 5 changes worthwhile.

    Yes, because he was the best ODI and Test bowler - he possessed accuracy and big spin, something few have ever done.

    That's nonsense, your best short-form bowlers play ODIs and your best long-form bowlers play Tests. The requirements in the two forms of the game are different.

    Why do England need a spinner? If the seamers are all good enough, you don't need one. Right now, I think Blackwell has probably done sufficient to be first-in-line.

    Not true, the best ODI bowlers are those that keep it tight - the best of all are those that keep it tight AND bowl wicket-taking deliveries.

    Dalrymple and Symonds... keeping it tight? Sorry, what?

    If your entire attack bowls economically, you win games, simple as. If the seamers come back after the spinners and get targetted they'll either bowl well and continue to staunch the flow of runs (eventually leading to wickets, inevitably) or they'll bowl poorly and get belted.
    I think its funny how the next person who posts after you thinks youre wrong lol. On your last point, has there ever been a game where a side has won and not taken a wicket? Id put good money on there not, nor 1 or even 2 wickets besides.
    If you are a good player, you should be able to adapt to both forms of the game, and most do, thats why the best sides only make a few changes between versions. Mostly for the odd slow scoring batsmen and the wayward seamer etc.
    Question -- you say the best odi player couldnt make a mark in tests? Ponting 1st and 8th, Hussey 1st and 5th, pietersen 2nd and 3rd... cant make a mark in both eh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    McGrath, Warne, Murali, Bond, Pollock and so on etc. all completely rubbish in one form too...
    Indeed. It goes further, of course. I'd be surprised if anyone could name a country who are consistently good at odi's and whose 1st choice oneday XI hasn't been massively dominate by test players - say 8 out of 11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    McGrath, Warne, Murali, Bond, Pollock and so on etc. all completely rubbish in one form too...
    Thank you, lots of people running to support rich here lol

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    But wait people, because Richard does have a point.

    Take the "great" ODI bowler Prosper Utseya - his Test figures are 12-0-55-0, and he's a specialist bowler!

    His FC figures of 44 wickets @ 50.7 are conclusive proof that someone can be brilliant in one form and rubbish in the other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scaly piscine View Post
    McGrath, Warne, Murali, Bond, Pollock and so on etc. all completely rubbish in one form too...
    Whatever the hell you mean by that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marc71178 View Post
    And of course 2 of the best batsmen of all time, Viv and Sachin - they were only good in one form weren't they?
    How on Earth can you possibly talk about IVA and Tendulkar in the same sentance? The ODI-game they played was different (as you're so fond of telling me when bowlers are the subject, which I'm fully well aware of) and their cases are non-comparable. Incidentally, though, in Richards' time, ODIs were more similar to Tests than they are now.

    And Tendulkar certainly isn't the best ODI batsman of the modern era, Bevan is. And he wasn't even good enough to have a decent Test career, never mind be the best Test batsman of his age.

    How, incidentally, does the fact that Tendulkar was good in both forms matter? Where, exactly, did I say that "no-one can possibly be good at both forms of the game"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by albo97056 View Post
    I think its funny how the next person who posts after you thinks youre wrong lol. On your last point, has there ever been a game where a side has won and not taken a wicket? Id put good money on there not, nor 1 or even 2 wickets besides.
    Err, that'd be because sides burn wickets in pursuit of victory.
    If you are a good player, you should be able to adapt to both forms of the game, and most do, thats why the best sides only make a few changes between versions. Mostly for the odd slow scoring batsmen and the wayward seamer etc.
    No, plenty of players are good at one form and not the other. Yes, the very best tend to be able to play both (though not all - Vaughan was for a time a hell of a Test player and has always been rubbish in ODIs; Slater was one of the best Test openers of the modern era and was every bit as poor as Vaughan), but there are more than enough examples of players who were good at ODIs but not Tests (Knight, Hick, Fairbrother, Read, Ealham, Mullally) and it works the other way, too (Atherton, Hussain, Cork, Butcher, Vaughan, Strauss, Key, Jones in the days when he could bat in Tests, Hoggard, Shah, Cook to date...)
    England's best 3 ODI batsmen of the modern era (Knight, Hick, Fairbrother) were not good enough for Test-cricket; on many occasions, plenty of changes are neccessary.
    Question -- you say the best odi player couldnt make a mark in tests? Ponting 1st and 8th, Hussey 1st and 5th, pietersen 2nd and 3rd... cant make a mark in both eh?
    What's now got to do with anything? Yes, those 3 happen to be good at both forms, but Michael Bevan certainly wasn't, and he's the best ODI batsman of the modern era. Nor, indeed, do ICC Rankings mean a thing, they're nought but form-guides.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    Indeed. It goes further, of course. I'd be surprised if anyone could name a country who are consistently good at odi's and whose 1st choice oneday XI hasn't been massively dominate by test players - say 8 out of 11.
    Well, Australia haven't been the worst...
    M Waugh (middle-order Test player, ODI opener)
    Gilchrist (likewise, and for quite a while was ODI keeper while not in the Test side)
    Ponting (Test and ODI role same)
    Lehmann (barely got a look in in Tests for ages, but was a redoutable ODI player)
    S Waugh (nowhere near as good in ODIs as Tests and wouldn't have played anywhere near the amount he did but for his Test talents)
    Bevan (best modern ODI player, not good enough in Tests)
    Symonds (never been up to much in Tests)
    Warne (good at both games, but being an all-time great Test bowler that's hardly surprising)
    Lee (nowhere near Test class for most of his career, but a hell of a good ODI record)
    Fleming (played no more than a handful of Tests, but was a fantastic ODI performer)
    McGrath (see Warne)
    So all-in-all, I'd say they make a mockery of the suggestion that ODI and Test sides should be near enough the same.

    India weren't bad either...
    Ganguly (see Australian openers)
    Tendulkar (see Australian openers)
    Azhar (see Ponting)
    Jadeja (never much of a Test player)
    X (never had a settled number-five around that time)
    Mongia (first-choice wicketkeeper in both sides for ages)
    Robin Singh (he was such a fantastic Test player, wasn't he?)
    Agarkar (fastest to 50 ODI wickets, 3rd fastest to 100, never looked remotely Test class)
    Kumble (good in ODIs everywhere, good in Tests only at home)
    Srinath (never realised his potential in either form)
    X (again, all sorts of players were tried)

    You see, Tests and ODIs are really rather different, and picking a Test side in a ODI is usually a route to disaster.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Well, Australia haven't been the worst...
    M Waugh (middle-order Test player, ODI opener)
    Gilchrist (likewise, and for quite a while was ODI keeper while not in the Test side)
    Ponting (Test and ODI role same)
    Lehmann (barely got a look in in Tests for ages, but was a redoutable ODI player)
    S Waugh (nowhere near as good in ODIs as Tests and wouldn't have played anywhere near the amount he did but for his Test talents)
    Bevan (best modern ODI player, not good enough in Tests)
    Symonds (never been up to much in Tests)
    Warne (good at both games, but being an all-time great Test bowler that's hardly surprising)
    Lee (nowhere near Test class for most of his career, but a hell of a good ODI record)
    Fleming (played no more than a handful of Tests, but was a fantastic ODI performer)
    McGrath (see Warne)
    So all-in-all, I'd say they make a mockery of the suggestion that ODI and Test sides should be near enough the same.

    You see, Tests and ODIs are really rather different, and picking a Test side in a ODI is usually a route to disaster.
    Lehmann was a perfectly good test player when he got his chance. Symonds may well do likewise now - it's too early to say. Fleming was a perfectly decent test player - just unlucky to have to compete with McG, Gillespie & co. Lee is deemed good enough to play tests, even though he's better in onedayers. Yes, MWaugh & Gilchrist bat in different positions in the oenday game, but they're good enough to be test regulars, and that's my point. In fact, Aus are a perfect example of a side where at least 8 of their first choice oneday 11 have generally been quite capable of playing test cricket too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpdavid View Post
    Lehmann was a perfectly good test player when he got his chance. Symonds may well do likewise now - it's too early to say. Fleming was a perfectly decent test player - just unlucky to have to compete with McG, Gillespie & co. Lee is deemed good enough to play tests, even though he's better in onedayers. Yes, MWaugh & Gilchrist bat in different positions in the oenday game, but they're good enough to be test regulars, and that's my point. In fact, Aus are a perfect example of a side where at least 8 of their first choice oneday 11 have generally been quite capable of playing test cricket too.
    I always find arguments on this topic to be quite fascinating. Im presuming though that despite all the talk about Australia and India that we are still referring to the England ODI crisis. If we look back at the history of English ODI cricket, do you not find it to be deeply moving that our best ODI side in recent memory in terms of performance was at the 1992 world cup? Yet with all the talk of having your best test players play ODI cricket, and 8 out of 11 and what not, the side that played in the final of that world cup included all of Graeme Hick, Neil Fairbrother, Chris Lewis, Derek Pringle, Phil Defreitas and Dermot Reeve. Out of those 6 only 1 could claim to have had test match success for any sort of consistent period in Hick while the rest were all ODI specialists. That in itself should disprove your 8 out of 11 theory.
    But if that tidbit didnt tweak a muscle in your body then lets go back to the last time we won a tri series in ODI cricket with 2 other teams that werent zimbabwe or bangladesh, all the way back to 97 in Sharjah. From memory that side had 3 test match regulars,( 4 if you want to be generous and count Hick who was for whatever stupid reasons never allowed to play regularly) in Thorpe, Headley and Stewart.
    Look the point im trying to make is that you dont have to be einstein to figure out that for whatever reasons, England have continually produced players that are good in one form and very poor in the other. Our best ODI players ever- Knight, Hick, Ealham, Mullally, Fairbrother and a few others were all players that never succeeded in test match cricket. It might not be the same for other countries, but IMO the English domestic system has to blame for the fact that English FC cricketers are clearly nowhere near good enough when it comes to producing players that can nudge and nurdle, innovate, run well between the wickets or can save a few runs in the field. The players that did fantastically well in those 2 tournaments werent exactly supremely talented, nor did they manage to play consistently well for England but the bottom line was that they all were electric in the field, they were all brilliant runners between the wickets, they were all extremely disciplined and most importantly when they were at the crease you couldnt be sure whether they were going to hit you over fine leg or between gullies and when they bowled they constantly mixed it up with slower balls and off cutters. For those who watched the rather embarassing display of England trying to bat in 20-20 cricket the other day, didnt you want to break the tv sets when you saw Paul Nixon and some of the other clowns trying to reverse sweep? Or for that matter Flintoff bowling today and starting off with 11 wides?
    Yes you cant win with just ODI specialists, but by and large you need the right combination of the two. When theres someone like a Nick Knight, you dont pick Aj Strauss because hes better in test cricket. Someone like Robin Smith who arguably would have been one of the best ODI cricketers ever had he been allowed to play longer only played 71 ODIs despite averaging 39 simply because he wasnt good enough in tests. Instead they picked Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Jones in the days when he could bat in Tests
    indeed for all of that one series. Jones was always going to found out from the start when you saw that he had the worst shot selection in living history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    It's assuring to have a Captain in the side who has actually won a live ODI tbh. Strauss hasn't (unless the Ireland game counts), Flintoff hasn't, Trescothick is unlikely to efature. It's easy to forget that we put up a good fight against Aus 18 months ago in ODI with Vaughan at the helm because of all the crap we've watched since, but we did, I'm not suggesting we will do in the WC, but I'd rather have Vaughan in the side, even if I knew he was going to score a duck.
    i thought his captaincy today was streets ahead of anything Flintoff could at any point of his life. Moved the field around brilliantly and switched ends when he realised that Flintoff was struggling. But theres only so much you can do when your players are incapable of bowling straight. Even Jon Lewis was horrendiously wayward today, and the less said about the England batting the better.The 2005 summer against Australia was nothing more than a miracle as ive said before. One must remember that only a few months before that they were thrashed 5-1 against SA with Vaughan as captain.

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