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

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Best XI of players who have an X in their name

Jeffrey Baxter Stollmeyer
VVS Laxman
Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards
Steven Peter Devereux Smith
Edward Ralph Dexter
Vijay Laxman Manjrekar
Franz Copeland Murray "Gerry" Alexander
Garth Stirling Le Roux
Maxwell Henry Norman Walker
Ashley Alexander Mallett
Trent Alexander Boult
 

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A little bowler heavy, but Aussie Test cricketers who finished their career with no batting average

1. Ian Callen
2. Len Johnson
3. Fred Freer
4. Stuart Law
5. Phil Emery
6. John McLaren
7. Keith Slater
8. Dan Cullen
9. Scott Muller
10. Simon Cook
11. Paul Wilson
 

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An Aussie XI in players by the best in that fielding position (That I've seen, for the opening bowlers, who will be McGrath and Lee)

Keeper: Adam Gilchrist
1st slip: Matthew Hayden
2nd slip: Ricky Ponting
3rd slip: Steve Smith
Gully: Michael Hussey
Point: Michael Clarke
Mid-off: Patrick Cummins
Mid-on: Nathan Lyon
Short Leg: Cameron Bancroft
Fine Leg: Lee/McGrath

In an XI format:

Cameron Bancroft
Matthew Hayden
Ricky Ponting
Steve Smith
Michael Clarke
Michael Hussey
Adam Gilchrist
Patrick Cummins
Brett Lee
Nathan Lyon
Glenn McGrath

Obviously Bancroft is the weak link in there. I was tempted to go Marnus short leg, Lyon at point and Warner at mid-on but eh, Bangers is the better SL
 

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An Aussie XI in players by the best in that fielding position (That I've seen, for the opening bowlers, who will be McGrath and Lee)

Keeper: Adam Gilchrist
1st slip: Matthew Hayden
2nd slip: Ricky Ponting
3rd slip: Steve Smith
Gully: Michael Hussey
Point: Michael Clarke
Mid-off: Patrick Cummins
Mid-on: Nathan Lyon
Short Leg: Cameron Bancroft
Fine Leg: Lee/McGrath

In an XI format:

Cameron Bancroft
Matthew Hayden
Ricky Ponting
Steve Smith
Michael Clarke
Michael Hussey
Adam Gilchrist
Patrick Cummins
Brett Lee
Nathan Lyon
Glenn McGrath

Obviously Bancroft is the weak link in there. I was tempted to go Marnus short leg, Lyon at point and Warner at mid-on but eh, Bangers is the better SL
Andrew Symonds can't get a spot in the ring?
 

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The "true" FC XI of each state currently (where they learned everything etc):

New South Wales:

David Warner
Usman Khawaja
Kurtis Patterson (c)
Steven Smith
Nic Maddinson
Moises Henriques
Jake Doran (+)
Patrick Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Nathan Lyon
Josh Hazlewood

Queensland:

Joe Burns
Matthew Renshaw
Marnus Labuschagne
Sam Heazlett
Ben McDermott
Jimmy Peirson (c, +)
Michael Neser
Mark Steketee
Mitchell Swepson
Brendan Doggett
Billy Stanlake

South Australia:

Conor McInerney
Jake Weatherald
Callum Ferguson
Travis Head (c)
Jake Lehmann
Harry Nielson
Alex Carey (+)
Tom Andrews
Nick Winter
Kane Richardson
Chadd Sayers

Tasmania:

Caleb Jewell
Alex Doolan
Beau Webster
Matthew Wade (c)
George Bailey
Tim Paine (+)
James Faulkner
Jarrod Freeman
Sam Rainbird
Riley Meredith
Gabe Bell

Victoria:

Travis Dean
Matthew Short
Will Pucovski
Peter Handscomb (c)
Glenn Maxwell
Aaron Finch
Peter Nevill (+)
James Pattinson
Peter Siddle
Scott Boland
Jon Holland

Western Australia:

Cameron Bancroft
Shaun Marsh
Hilton Cartwright
Ashton Turner
Mitchell Marsh (c)
Marcus Stoinis
Josh Philippe (+)
D'Arcy Short
Jhye Richardson
Joel Paris
Matt Kelly

With NT players I chose to let them go to their adopted state because they don't have many NT players.
 

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The "true" FC XI of each state currently (where they learned everything etc):

New South Wales:

David Warner
Usman Khawaja
Kurtis Patterson (c)
Steven Smith
Nic Maddinson
Moises Henriques
Jake Doran (+)
Patrick Cummins
Mitchell Starc
Nathan Lyon
Josh Hazlewood

Queensland:

Joe Burns
Matthew Renshaw
Marnus Labuschagne
Sam Heazlett
Ben McDermott
Jimmy Peirson (c, +)
Michael Neser
Mark Steketee
Mitchell Swepson
Brendan Doggett
Billy Stanlake

South Australia:

Conor McInerney
Jake Weatherald
Callum Ferguson
Travis Head (c)
Jake Lehmann
Harry Nielson
Alex Carey (+)
Tom Andrews
Nick Winter
Kane Richardson
Chadd Sayers

Tasmania:

Caleb Jewell
Alex Doolan
Beau Webster
Matthew Wade (c)
George Bailey
Tim Paine (+)
James Faulkner
Jarrod Freeman
Sam Rainbird
Riley Meredith
Gabe Bell

Victoria:

Travis Dean
Matthew Short
Will Pucovski
Peter Handscomb (c)
Glenn Maxwell
Aaron Finch
Peter Nevill (+)
James Pattinson
Peter Siddle
Scott Boland
Jon Holland

Western Australia:

Cameron Bancroft
Shaun Marsh
Hilton Cartwright
Ashton Turner
Mitchell Marsh (c)
Marcus Stoinis
Josh Philippe (+)
D'Arcy Short
Jhye Richardson
Joel Paris
Matt Kelly

With NT players I chose to let them go to their adopted state because they don't have many NT players.
ACT would have decent bowling attack; Behrendof, Winter, Rogers & Lyon. Batting wise only Alex Ross springs to mind.
 

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An Aussie XI in players by the best in that fielding position (That I've seen, for the opening bowlers, who will be McGrath and Lee)

Keeper: Adam Gilchrist
1st slip: Matthew Hayden
2nd slip: Ricky Ponting
3rd slip: Steve Smith
Gully: Michael Hussey
Point: Michael Clarke
Mid-off: Patrick Cummins
Mid-on: Nathan Lyon
Short Leg: Cameron Bancroft
Fine Leg: Lee/McGrath

In an XI format:

Cameron Bancroft
Matthew Hayden
Ricky Ponting
Steve Smith
Michael Clarke
Michael Hussey
Adam Gilchrist
Patrick Cummins
Brett Lee
Nathan Lyon
Glenn McGrath

Obviously Bancroft is the weak link in there. I was tempted to go Marnus short leg, Lyon at point and Warner at mid-on but eh, Bangers is the better SL
For me Warne goes to second slip, Ponting to gully and Huss to short leg. Sure that gives 6 batsmen, but when they are who they are, I’d back them to out score anything those 5 bowlers kept the opposition to.
 

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ACT would have decent bowling attack; Behrendof, Winter, Rogers & Lyon. Batting wise only Alex Ross springs to mind.
Didn't realise Winter was from the ACT, thought he was a SACA. Hmm. Slide Valente into the side then I guess.
For me Warne goes to second slip, Ponting to gully and Huss to short leg. Sure that gives 6 batsmen, but when they are who they are, I’d back them to out score anything those 5 bowlers kept the opposition to.
Ponting is the best second slip I've seen but i anything Warne would go to first and Hayden to gully (who fielded there when Warney was around) and it would give me an excuse to put Symonds in for Lyon... Done! Now for an ODI version:

Keeper: Adam Gilchrist
1st slip: Matthew Hayden
2nd slip: Ricky Ponting
Point: Michael Clarke
Cover: Andrew Symonds
Mid-Off: Steve Smith
Mid-On: Nathan Lyon
Square Leg: Glenn Maxwell
Fine Leg: Mitchell Johnson
3rd man: Patrick Cummins
Bowler: Mitchell Starc

Gilchrist (+)
Hayden
Ponting
Clarke
Smith
Symonds
Maxwell
Johnson
Cummins
Starc
Lyon
 

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When Aaqid Javed came over in the early 90s he was barely pubescent according to the Pakistanis but possessed a fine five o'clock shadow.
I did know a guy who had a genuine Hashim Amla beard at 16, but Aaqib Javed's age always did seem a bis sus. He did play FC cricket until 2002/3 which would have made him 31, so maybe not as far off as thought. Quicks often do retire early, and he was out of international contention by then, so maybe. Births were (are) not always recorded in a timely manner, if at all, in parts of Pakistan - so there may well have been some guesswork.
 

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Andrew Strauss
Brendon McCullum
Hashim Amla
Rahul Dravid
Garfield Sobers
Tony Greig
Andrew Flintoff
Ben Stokes
Ray Lindwall
Bruce Yardley
Allan Donald
 

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The new Cricket Captain game finally has World XI teams when you go into the tournament section, so that gave me an idea about who could you put in an all time World XI vs Asia XI since it's a bit over 10 years since the Tsunami. For me:

World XI:

Jack Hobbs (c)
Herbert Sutcliffe
George Headley
Jacques Kallis
Greg Chappell
Garry Sobers
Adam Gilchrist (+)
Richard Hadlee
Malcolm Marshall
Shane Warne
Jim Laker/Glenn McGrath (depending on sub continental or elsewhere)

Asia XI:

Sunil Gavaskar (c)
Virendar Sehwag
Kumar Sangakkara
Sachin Tendulkar
Mohammed Yousuf
Mahendra Singh Dhoni (+)
Imran Khan
Kapil Dev
Wasim Akram
Anil Kumble
Muttiah Muralitharan
Was Bradman a deliberate omission
 

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A reasonably balanced 11 boasting the best test strike rates

V Sehwag
D Warner
C Gayle
S Jayasuria
T Dilshan
A Gilchrist
A Symonds
S Afridi
A Flintoff
T Southee
M Muralitharan
 

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I've enjoyed this thread a lot (and contributed a bit to it also) but I've only just noticed the misspelling in the title. Not like me at all!
 

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