The obscure XI's you've always wanted to make but never found the appropraite place thread

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Bowling averages pretty similar really, Waugh could bowl.
I mean, Symonds averaged 37 to Waugh's 42. I don't deny that Waugh was a better player, but he rarely bowled enough to be justifiably called an all rounder. And I know he had his back issues but Michael Clarke averaged 3.5 overs a test.
 

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Mark Waugh once made 99 in a test and opened the bowling. He must have been good.
 

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Alec Stewart
Mike Atherton
Ted Dexter
Robin Smith
Ken Barrington
Graham Thorpe
Jack Russell
Fred Titmus
Darren Gough
Cecil Parkin
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The Australian All Rounder XI:

1. Shane Watson
2. Bob Cowper
3. Jack Ryder
4. Allan Border
5. Steven Waugh
6. Keith Miller
7. Matthew Wade (Need a keeper haha, thought he'd be the most appropriate)
8. Richie Benaud
9. Alan Davidson
10. Ray Lindwall
11. Brad Hogg

Border is very iffy but he bowled those nice little left arm tweakers. I wanted to get the 4 different varieties of spin in there, hence the Hogg selection. A worldwide one would be interesting.
I'll have a go. If I'm going to make an all rounders team I think is the best ever, I would include some Australians:

WG Grace
Wilfred Rhodes
Jacques Kallis
Frank Woolley
Warwick Armstrong
Garfield Sobers
Keith Miller
Jack Gregory
Ian Botham
Mike Procter
Imran Khan
 

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I'll have a go. If I'm going to make an all rounders team I think is the best ever, I would include some Australians:

WG Grace
Wilfred Rhodes
Jacques Kallis
Frank Woolley
Warwick Armstrong
Garfield Sobers
Keith Miller
Jack Gregory
Ian Botham
Mike Procter
Imran Khan
Who would keep? The weakest bowler of the lot haha?
 

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Maybe Frank Woolley. He took over 1000 catches so he should be at home behind the wickets.
Yeah, not a bad choice. An English one is another I'd like to see. My default is to include a keeper so maybe something like:

WG Grace
Wilfred Rhodes
Wally Hammond
Denis Compton
Stanley Jackson
Frank Woolley
Les Ames (+)
Tony Greig
Ian Botham
Andrew Flintoff
Graeme Swann
 

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Cricketers who appeared in movies (either as characters or as themselves)

Moshin Khan
Len Hutton
Don Bradman (C)
Herschelle Gibbs
Denis Compton
Kapil Dev
Syed Kirmani (WK)
Brett Lee
Dale Steyn
Jim Laker
C. Aubrey Smith
 

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Don Bradman (C)
Herschelle Gibbs
Denis Compton
Kapil Dev
Syed Kirmani (WK)
Brett Lee
Dale Steyn
Jim Laker
C. Aubrey Smith
Not a bad little attack either.
 

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Yeah, not a bad choice. An English one is another I'd like to see. My default is to include a keeper so maybe something like:

WG Grace
Wilfred Rhodes
Wally Hammond
Denis Compton
Stanley Jackson
Frank Woolley
Les Ames (+)
Tony Greig
Ian Botham
Andrew Flintoff
Graeme Swann

Have to Have Alfred Lyttleton as the Keeper. Played in the 1880s for England, (the first 4 tests ever played in England), and when the Australians racked up 550, with Billy Murdoch making the first test 200, Lyttleton took off his pads, rolled his arm over and took 4/19. He was a good enough bat to open the innings a couple of times, was the first man to play both cricket and football for England, and became an leading MP (Foreign Secretary).

He died whilst an MP after being hit in the stomach playing social cricket - an abcess formed and he bled to death when it burst.

That's an all-rounder.
 

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Have to Have Alfred Lyttleton as the Keeper. Played in the 1880s for England, (the first 4 tests ever played in England), and when the Australians racked up 550, with Billy Murdoch making the first test 200, Lyttleton took off his pads, rolled his arm over and took 4/19. He was a good enough bat to open the innings a couple of times, was the first man to play both cricket and football for England, and became an leading MP (Foreign Secretary).

He died whilst an MP after being hit in the stomach playing social cricket - an abcess formed and he bled to death when it burst.

That's an all-rounder.
Haha fair enough.

An XI of highest score at each batting position:

1. Len Hutton
2. Matthew Hayden
3. Brian Lara
4. Mahela Jayawardena (c)
5. Michael Clarke
6. Ben Stokes
7. Don Bradman
8. Wasim Akram
9. Ian Smith (+)
10. Walter Read
11. Ashton Agar

By sheer coincidence it's not a bad attack either. Read and Akram opening, Stokes first change, Agar as the spinner and Clarke can always bowl a few. Sorted by most runs in batting position:

1. Sunil Gavaskar
2. Matthew Hayden
3. Kumar Sangakkara
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
6. Steven Waugh (c)
7. Adam Gilchrist (+)
8. Daniel Vettori
9. Stuart Broad
10. Dale Steyn
11. Muttiah Muralitharan

And by batting average (min 20 games played):

1. Jack Hobbs (c)
2. Herbert Sutcliffe
3. Don Bradman
4. Steve Smith
5. AB de Villiers
6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
7. Quentin de Kock (+)
8. Daniel Vettori
9. Shaun Pollock
10. Graeme Swann
11. Derek Underwood

Yeah, I think the last team would be best suited to the sub continent somehow...
 

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A Tasty XI

Alastair Cook
CB Fry
Allan Lamb
Clive Rice
Basil Butcher
Colin McDonald (as in the golden arches)
Bob Crisp
Doug Bollinger
Graham Onions
Bob Appleyard
Sidney Kitcat

Their home ground would have to be Kandy
 

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Cricketers who appeared in movies (either as characters or as themselves)

Moshin Khan
Len Hutton
Don Bradman (C)
Herschelle Gibbs
Denis Compton
Kapil Dev
Syed Kirmani (WK)
Brett Lee
Dale Steyn
Jim Laker
C. Aubrey Smith
c'mon warnie appeared in neighbours ..lol
 

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Ramnaresh Sarwan
Rohan Kanhai
Alvin Kallicharran
Shiv Chanderpaul
Larry Gomes
Deryck Murray
Rangy Nanan
Devendra Bishoo
Ezra Moseley
Sonny Ramadhin
 

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99 in a test XI

1 Matthew Hayden
2 AB de Villiers (He started as an opener)
3 Ricky Ponting
4 Jaques Kallis
5 Steve Waugh
6 Inzamam-ul-Haq
7 MS Dhoni
8 Shaun Pollock
9 Richard Hadlee
10 Mitchell Starc
11 Shane Warne
 

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West Indians who never had a permanent Afro

Joe Solomon
Ramnaresh Sarwan
Rohan Kanhai
Alvin Kallicharran
Shiv Chanderpaul
Larry Gomes
Deryck Murray
Rangy Nanan
Devendra Bishoo
Ezra Moseley
Sonny Ramadhin
Now that's obscure.
 

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Alf Valentine
Allan Donald

Pair on test debut XI.

Some quality players here, plus Ken Rutherford.
 

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Haha fair enough.

An XI of highest score at each batting position:

1. Len Hutton
2. Matthew Hayden
3. Brian Lara
4. Mahela Jayawardena (c)
5. Michael Clarke
6. Ben Stokes
7. Don Bradman
8. Wasim Akram
9. Ian Smith (+)
10. Walter Read
11. Ashton Agar

By sheer coincidence it's not a bad attack either. Read and Akram opening, Stokes first change, Agar as the spinner and Clarke can always bowl a few
Imagine the fielding sides morale when Don strolls out at 5 down
 

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First class crickers who played senior state league football XI.

Geoff Marsh (WA & Aus, South Fremantle)
Graeme Wood (WA & Aus, East Fremantle)
Jamie Siddons (SA, Sydney)
Nick Jewell (Vic, Richmond)
Vic Richardson (SA, Sturt)(The Chappell brothers granddad)
Simon O'Donnell (Vic & Aus, St.Kilda)
Keith Miller (Vic, NSW & Aus, St.Kilda)
Tim Zoehrer (WA & Aus, East Fremantle)
Ian Brayshaw (WA, Claremont)(James Brayshaws dad)
Mick Malone (WA & Aus, Subiaco)
Max Walker (Vic & Aus, Melbourne)
 

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First class crickers who played senior state league football XI.

Geoff Marsh (WA & Aus, South Fremantle)
Graeme Wood (WA & Aus, East Fremantle)
Jamie Siddons (SA, Sydney)
Nick Jewell (Vic, Richmond)
Vic Richardson (SA, Sturt)(The Chappell brothers granddad)
Simon O'Donnell (Vic & Aus, St.Kilda)
Keith Miller (Vic, NSW & Aus, St.Kilda)
Tim Zoehrer (WA & Aus, East Fremantle)
Ian Brayshaw (WA, Claremont)(James Brayshaws dad)
Mick Malone (WA & Aus, Subiaco)
Max Walker (Vic & Aus, Melbourne)
You forgot Craig Bradley.
 

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You forgot Craig Bradley.
Presumably the team is selected on FC cricket performance rather than football; hence the omission of Bradley, Peter Bedford, John Scholes, etc. and the inclusion of, eg, Jewell and O'Donnell.
 
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