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Old 01-01-2019, 06:13 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by size_of_light View Post
Here's mine:

1. Matthew Hayden
2. Don Bradman (c)
3. Sachin Tendulkar
4. Brian Lara
5. Viv Richards
6. Gary Sobers (vc)
7. Adam Gilchrist
8. Wasim Akram
9. Malcolm Marshall
10. Shane Warne
11. Glen McGrath

I've seen all of these play in my lifetime, except Bradman and Sobers, but their records and reputations make them automatic selections.

Bradman is out of place as an opener, but if anyone should be able to adapt to the change of role, it's him.

I'm slightly leery about including Matthew Hayden, but his record and aggression speaks for itself, and it sets up an ideal left/right opening combination situation with Bradman.

The middle order, including Gilchrist, pretty much pick themselves, for me.

Bowlers I ran out of room for, include Ambrose, Lillee, Holding and Hadlee.

I'm Australian, and there are 5 Aussies in the team, which is always a bit suspicious, but I tried to rule out any jingoistic bias and just pick the best XI I could think of.

Couldn't find a spot for any Poms, sorry. Phil Tufnell must feel robbed.
I recently saw an interview with Viv Richards where he was asked a bunch of questions
including bowler who caused him the most problems and his answer was Dennis Lillee
because no matter the state of the match he would never give up. Interestingly
in Curtley's autobiography the batsmen he rated the best were the nuggety ones who wouldn't give their wicket away no matter how much Curtley had them hopping about
and he names Gooch S Waugh Boon .
Sir Viv also said that in his view Virat Kohli is the no.1 batsman currently.
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