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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #15 on: April 17, 2020, 10:33:13 AM »

Peter Sutcliffe was the Yorkshire ripper, if Buzz has him in ahead of Cook the whole world has gone mad
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2020, 11:02:26 AM »

Two Aussie players and no Bradman Chris

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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2020, 01:20:05 PM »

Amended

With Cook and Jones you've still got two Englishmen..
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2020, 02:09:49 PM »

1. Hobbs, Eng
2. Greenidge, WI
3. Bradman, Aus
4. Tendulkar, Ind
5. Sangakkara, SL
6. Flower, Zim (wk)
7. Shakib Al Hasan, Bang
8. Hadlee, NZ
9. Rashid Khan, Afg
10. Wasim Akram, Pak
11. Donald, SA
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2020, 03:43:59 PM »

Tough one, as the most "obvious" combinations are very batsman heavy. But you need 20 wickets to win Test matches and that is what I decided to prioritize.

So instead of focusing on the batting, I have tried to go the other way - figure out the best possible bowling attack first, for ALL possible conditions, and only then fill in the batsmen.

I started from the bottom of the lineup and worked my way up.

This led to leaving out Bradman (need Warne), and leaving out Lara/Sobers (Malcolm Marshall is probably the best fast bowler in history - https://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/content/player/52419.html#profile).

I initially chose Kallis from SA, but then went with Steyn to make the fast bowling attack truly formidable. This left the batting far too weak, so had to then drop Murali for Sanga.

Most teams have Rashid Khan from Afg, and I initially did too...but with Warne in the team, and with Shakib in as well, I decided to go for a batsman. Searching for the best Test averages (obviously not enough data to go on) led to Ibrahim Zadran, who happens to be an opening batsman - which allows Sachin and Sanga to go down a bit closer to spots they are more used to.

The end result is an OK-ish batting lineup, but look at this bowling attack! Gonna be some low scoring thrillers with this team! 
 
1. Jack Hobbs, Eng
2. Ibrahim Zadran, Afg 
3. Sachin Tendulkar, Ind
4. Kumar Sangakkara, SL
5. Martin Crowe, NZ (c)
6. Andy Flower, Zim (wk)
7. Shakib Al Hasan, BD
8. Wasim Akram, Pak
9. Malcolm Marshall, WI
10. Dale Steyn, SA
11. Shane Warne, Aus
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2020, 05:38:07 PM »

I am still hoping someone will pick Tim Murtagh
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2020, 05:46:28 PM »

1    Gavaskar
2    Hobbs
3    B. Richards
4    V. Richards
5    De Silva
6    Shakib
7    A. Flower
8    Akram
9    R. Khan
10    Hadlee
11    McGrath
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #22 on: April 17, 2020, 05:46:50 PM »

I wish I was a time-traveller, I really do. To be able to see some of these players live, in their pomp :0

Hobbs
Sutcliffe
Bradman
Larwood
Barnes
Tayfield
Headley
Tyson
Trueman
Hammond
O'Reilly
Hall
Chandrasekher
Tate
Spofforth
WG

Oh my God - I could gorge myself on their doings!
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #23 on: April 17, 2020, 06:14:26 PM »

@LBWCandidate magnificent selection of Barry Richards. Your team is my favourite so far.
« Last Edit: April 18, 2020, 07:54:14 AM by Buzz »
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2020, 06:20:24 PM »

I am still hoping someone will pick Tim Murtagh

OK I will. One of the greatest and most unbelievable days of life.

Cook
McCullum
Bradman
Tendulkar
Kallis
Sangakkara
A Flower
Shakib
Akram
Marshall
Murtagh
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #25 on: April 17, 2020, 06:41:07 PM »

1    Gavaskar
2    Hobbs
3    B. Richards
4    V. Richards
5    De Silva
6    Shakib
7    A. Flower
8    Akram
9    R. Khan
10    Hadlee
11    McGrath

Some great flair in that batting lineup! I reckon my team would be a machine but it is lacking some excitement in the batting order.
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #26 on: April 17, 2020, 07:16:29 PM »

Cook (Eng)
Hayden (Aus)
Kallis (SA)
Tendulkar (Ind)
Inzy (Pak)
Shakib (Ban)
Flower (Zim)
Rashid (Afg)
Ambrose (WI)
Bond (NZ)
Murali (Sri)

Gone for an XI only out of players Ive seen play. 3 seamers 3 spinners and a pretty dominant batting line up
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #27 on: April 17, 2020, 07:43:42 PM »

Graeme Smith (c) - South Africa
Alistair Cook - England
Brian Lara - West Indies
Sachin Tendulkar - India
Andy Flower (WK) - Zimbabwe
Shakib Al Hasan - Bangladesh
Keith Miller - Australia
Wasim Akram - Pakistan
Tim Murtagh -  Ireland
Shane Bond - New Zealand
Muttiah Muralitharan - Sri Lanka
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #28 on: April 17, 2020, 08:15:46 PM »

1. Internal Training.
2-11. Bunch of other guys that I want to play with.
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Re: All time Test XI.... but....
« Reply #29 on: April 17, 2020, 10:17:58 PM »

1. Cook - Eng
2. Tendulkar - Ind
3. Lara - Wi
4. Ponting - Aus
5. Sangakkara - Sl
6. Kallis - Sa
7. Shakib - Ban
8. Andy Flower - Zim
9. Akram - Pak
10. Nabi - Afg
11. Vettori - Nz
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