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

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eth-dog

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As an aside, an XI of cricketers who became politicians:

1. Sanath Jayasuriya
2. Gautam Gambhir
3. Frank Worrell
4. Mohammed Azharuddin
5. Arjuna Ranatunga
6. Hashan Tillakaratne (+)
7. Mohammed Kaif
8. Imran Khan (c)
9. Sarfraz Nawaz
10. Mashrafe Mortaza
11. Wes Hall

Given it's dominated by sub continental players I'm surprised that I couldn't find a front line spinner. Jayasuriya is handy enough I suppose, though
 

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Favourite/Best modern test team :

1/ Sunil Gavasker
2/ Virender Sewag
3/ Sachin Tendulkar
4/ Greg Chapell
5/ Virat Kohli
6/ Viv Richards
7/ Adam Gilchrist
8/ Ian Botham
9/ Imran Khan
10/ Dennis Lillee
11/ Michael Holding




12th man: Jacques Kallis
Apologies: Brian Lara
 

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Thinking Caesar was the emperor of Rome is an easy enough mistake to make given he was the dictator of the Roman Republic for a period and in those days I don't think there was much of a practical difference between an emperor and a dictator. Also the title "Caesar" was subsequently used for Roman emperors so there can be a bit of confusion there.

But officially, no, he was never the emperor of Rome. The Roman Empire began in 27BC which is 17 years after Caesar was assassinated. The first emperor was Octavian (later Augustus).

Even if one is a bit sketchy on the specifics, a quick Google confirms everything easily enough.
 

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An Eleven you may be surprised to learn have all scored a century and taken five wickets in an innings of the same game.

Jack Hobbs 101 & 5-21 for Surrey vs Warwickshire at Edgbaston, 1920
Len Hutton 109 & 5-58 for Yorkshire vs Worcestershire at Bradford, 1939
Victor Trumper 128 & 5-19 for Australians vs Cambridge University at Cambridge, 1902
Viv Richards 121 & 5-88 for West Indians vs Queensland at Brisbane, 1981-82
Steve Smith 100 & 7-64 for New South Wales vs South Australia at Sydney, 2009-10
Inzamam-ul-Haq 139* & 5-93 for Multan vs Faisalabad at Sahiwal, 1989-90
Clyde Walcott (w/k) 105 & 5-41 for FMM Worrell's XI vs CC Hunte's XI at Kingston, 1963-64
Fred Trueman 101 & 5-32 for Yorkshire vs Middlesex at Scarborough, 1965
Harold Larwood 101* & 6-38 for Nottinghamshire vs Northamptonshire at Northampton, 1930
Abdul Qadir 112 & 6-17 for Lahore C vs Bahawalpur at Bahawalpur, 1975-76
Jim Laker 113 & 6-20 for Surrey vs Gloucestershire at The Oval, 1954
 

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Here's one to get the brains working. I've been meaning to do this one for a while. :)

Bob Simpson (c)
Bill Woodfull
Steve Smith
Mike Hussey
Peter Burge
Warwick Armstrong
Jack Gregory
Wayne Phillips (wk)
Stuart MacGill
Bob Massie
Neil Hawke
12th: Ian Johnson
 

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Here's one to get the brains working. I've been meaning to do this one for a while. :)

Bob Simpson (c)
Bill Woodfull
Steve Smith
Mike Hussey
Peter Burge
Warwick Armstrong
Jack Gregory
Wayne Phillips (wk)
Stuart MacGill
Bob Massie
Neil Hawke
12th: Ian Johnson
All have unusual middle names:

Baddeley
Maldon
Devereux
Killeen
Parnell
Windridge
Morrison
Bentley
Glyndwr
Lockyer
Napier
Geddes
 

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Here is another brain teaser for you all

Hussey
Taylor
Richards
Smith
Laxman
Taylor
Knott (WK)
Vaas
Ambrose
Roberts
Muralitharan
Walker 12th man
 

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Here is another brain teaser for you all

Hussey
Taylor
Richards
Smith
Laxman
Taylor
Knott (WK)
Vaas
Ambrose
Roberts
Muralitharan
Walker 12th man
All have more than two Christian names (assuming the opening bat is Brendan Taylor). But I don't think Murali does. So that can't be it.

MEK
BRM
IVA
SPD
VVS
LRPL
APE
WPUJC
CEL
AME
??
MHN

I mustn't have much of a life, I knew all those off the top of my head except Vaas. :(
 

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The Pakistan team from the 2nd Test of their 1969/70 series against NZ all have something in common.

Sadiq Mohammad
Salahuddin
Younis Ahmed
Mushtaq Mohammad
Shafqat Rana
Asif Iqbal
Intikhab Alam
Wasim Bari
Saleem Altaf
Mohammad Nazir
Pervez Sajjad
 

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I wanted to make this an Aussie XI, but I couldn't for the life of me find a wicketkeeper, so I drafted in Warren Lees from NZ. :)

Archie Jackson
Les Favell
Brad Hodge
David Hookes (c)
Dirk Welham
Sam Loxton
Warren Lees (wk)
Monty Noble
Gary Gilmour
Mitchell Johnson
Jason Gillespie
 

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I wanted to make this an Aussie XI, but I couldn't for the life of me find a wicketkeeper, so I drafted in Warren Lees from NZ. :)

Archie Jackson
Les Favell
Brad Hodge
David Hookes (c)
Dirk Welham
Sam Loxton
Warren Lees (wk)
Monty Noble
Gary Gilmour
Mitchell Johnson
Jason Gillespie
All scored only one Test century.
 

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