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Old 28-12-2018, 01:00 AM   #1
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Default All-Time Greatest XI Cricket Team

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.

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Old 28-12-2018, 08:59 PM   #2
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What a great thread ....

1 G Boycott
2 G Greenidge
3 S Tendulkar
4 V Richards
5 S Waugh (c)
6 G Sobers
7 A Stewart
8 Imran Khan
9 R Hadlee
10 S Warne
11 C Ambrose

Have only picked players that I have seen.
There are too many to mention that I have missed out so here is a "b" team

1 G Gooch
2 M Hayden
3 B Lara
4 S Smith
5 K Pieterson
6 I Botham
7 F Engineer
8 Kapil Dev
9 Abdul Qadir
10 D Lillee
11 M Holding
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Old 28-12-2018, 09:09 PM   #3
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^ Cracking teams.

Here's a laugh - Tim Bresnan's Greatest XI:



If I ditched the players I haven't seen (Bradman and Sobers) I'd go with:

1. Matthew Hayden
2. Sachin Tendulkar
3. Jacques Kallis
4. Brian Lara
5. Viv Richards (c)
6. Kumar Sangakarra (vc)
7. Adam Gilchrist
8. Wasim Akram
9. Malcolm Marshall
10. Shane Warne
11. Glen McGrath
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Old 30-12-2018, 04:19 PM   #4
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1. Graeme Smith(c)
2. Sunil Gavaskar
3. Sachin Tendulkar
4. Brian Lara
5. Viv Richards
6. Ian Botham
7. Adam Gilchrist
8. Shane Warne
9. Wasim Akram
10. Curtley Ambrose
11. Glen McGrath
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Old 30-12-2018, 07:00 PM   #5
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1. Graeme Smith(c)
2. Sunil Gavaskar
3. Sachin Tendulkar
4. Brian Lara
5. Viv Richards
6. Ian Botham
7. Adam Gilchrist
8. Shane Warne
9. Wasim Akram
10. Curtley Ambrose
11. Glen McGrath
Sir Viv at no.5 TG?. I am sure he would be having a word about that !
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Old 31-12-2018, 11:33 AM   #6
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Sir Viv at no.5 TG?. I am sure he would be having a word about that !
The OP has the same position, how come you didn't ask him about it?

My logic is that the upper order are of the skill to have at least one of them to stick around quite a while. Richards lower batting order stats are not as good as number 3 (you put him at 4), but in my judgement that is mainly down to the situations where he is expected to carry the batting. Having a top order batsman around gives him the playmaker role he excels at.

It also gives him a chance to bat alongside Botham and the fireworks these two would create could be stunning. With Gilchrist in the wings and Warne no slouch, the middle order could cause mayhem.

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I'd also like to see Viv swagger to the crease after tea on Day 2 with 600/3 on the board.
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The OP has the same position, how come you didn't ask him about it?

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OK . No worries. Shall not engage with you unless you want to bang on about
moon landings .
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OK . No worries. Shall not engage with you
I actually gave you a detailed response, you don't engage anyway - even on this it seems!

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unless you want to bang on about
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…..and take your off topic crap somewhere else....this is about cricket.

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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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Yeah, Kohli is tracking to match Tendulkar's stats if he plays that long.

I regret not including Lillee, but went with McGrath because I saw much more of him. Lillee and Richards had some great battles. I'll never forget when Lillee knocked over Richards with the last ball of the day at the MCG in 81/82 to have the mighty West Indies 4/10 (Australia bowled them out the next day to win the Test).

I didn't see a lot of Gooch, but he was certainly a gun batsman (my first cricket memory is him getting run out on 99 in Australia in 1979).

To me, Border was on par with Indiana Jones for what he did to stave off the Windies in the 80s, and almost singlehandedly hold Australia's batting lineup together in the dark days of Aus cricket in the mid 80s.

When Botham got Jeff Thomson out at the G in 82 with Australia needing 4 runs to win after he and Border put on 70-odd for the last wicket, I cried (was 10 at the time).

I rode every excrutiating ball of that partnership listening on the radio (back in those days there was a TV blackout of the first two sessions of each home state Test).

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Yeah, Kohli is tracking to match Tendulkar's stats if he plays that long.

I regret not including Lillee, but went with McGrath because I saw much more of him. Lillee and Richards had some great battles. I'll never forget when Lillee knocked over Richards with the last ball of the day at the MCG in 81/82 to have the mighty West Indies 4/10 (Australia bowled them out the next day to win the Test).

I didn't see a lot of Gooch, but he was certainly a gun batsman (my first cricket memory is him getting run out on 99 in Australia in 1979).

To me, Border was on par with Indiana Jones for what he did to stave off the Windies in the 80s, and almost singlehandedly hold Australia's batting lineup together in the dark days of Aus cricket in the mid 80s.

When Botham got Jeff Thomson out at the G in 82 with Australia needing 4 runs to win after he and Border put on 70-odd for the last wicket, I cried (was 10 at the time).

I rode every excrutiating ball of that partnership listening on the radio (back in those days there was a TV blackout of the first two sessions of each home state Test).
I remember that match in '82 ,Norman Cowans took 6for if my memory is correct.
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