What would a current day World XI vs Asian XI look like?

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Anyone else remember the Tsunami relief game? Well, however many years later I'm wondering what a modern version of that would look like. Test and ODI. Obviously India would dominate the Asian XI for the most part but what would you guys think in the side. For me, they would look like this:

World XI:

Tom Latham
David Warner
Kane Williamson (c)
Steve Smith
Marnus Labuschagne
Ben Stokes
Quinton de Kock (+)
Jason Holder
Patrick Cummins
Nathan Lyon
Kagiso Rabada

Asian XI:

Mayank Agarwal
Dimuth Karunaratne
Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli (c)
Ajinkya Rahane
Babar Azam
Mushfiqur Rahim (+)
Ravindra Jadeja
Rashid Khan
Mohammed Shami
Jasprit Bumrah

I know Liton Das keeps for Bangladesh now but I think Rahim is a better choice than the other keepers. As for ODI's:

WXI:

Quinton de Kock (+)
Aaron Finch
Kane Williamson (c)
Steve Smith
Shai Hope
Ben Stokes
Jimmy Neesham
Adil Rashid
Mitchell Starc
Lockie Ferguson
Trent Boult

AXI:

Rohit Sharma
Kusal Perera (+)
Virat Kohli (c)
Babar Azam
Mushfiqur Rahim
Angelo Matthews
Imad Wasim
Rashid Khan
Mohammed Shami
Mustafizur Rahman
Jasprit Bumrah

Obviously Angelo will bowl a few overs for the Asian side, whilst the World XI doesn't really have many great spin options in the ODI's. Anyway, over to you guys!
 

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John Campbell
Kraig Brathwaite
Darren Bravo
Shamarh Brooks
Shai Hope
Roston Chase
Shane Dowrich
Jason Holder
Rakheem Cornwall
Kemar Roach
Shannon Gabriel
 

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Anyone else remember the Tsunami relief game? Well, however many years later I'm wondering what a modern version of that would look like. Test and ODI. Obviously India would dominate the Asian XI for the most part but what would you guys think in the side. For me, they would look like this:

World XI:

Tom Latham
David Warner
Kane Williamson (c)
Steve Smith
Marnus Labuschagne
Ben Stokes
Quinton de Kock (+)
Jason Holder
Patrick Cummins
Nathan Lyon
Kagiso Rabada

Asian XI:

Mayank Agarwal
Dimuth Karunaratne
Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat Kohli (c)
Ajinkya Rahane
Babar Azam
Mushfiqur Rahim (+)
Ravindra Jadeja
Rashid Khan
Mohammed Shami
Jasprit Bumrah

I know Liton Das keeps for Bangladesh now but I think Rahim is a better choice than the other keepers.
Two very good sides, although you could nearly say it's Aust v India (and rightly so).

It looks like the sides have been picked on currrent rankings, for me the rankings are more a guide than anything. I mean Smith has played 9 tests in the last 2 years and is currently #1. Averaged under 40 for the aussie summer. Mind you, he is first picked for me.

The World XI side could have had Root, but at whose expense is the question. He could also be a 2nd spin option in that case. Maybe Quentin opens and Latham makes way, or Quentin makes way and Latham keeps.

Holder, while a good player and very under rated, could have been replaced with the likes of Hazlewood, Boult, Wagner to help Cummins & Rabada as I think there's enough batting already. Either way it's as good as you'll get. Holder could then be in a 3 way battle with DeGrandhomme for Stokes spot @ 7, however Stokes is a no brainer considering his 2019 form.

The Asia XI could have easily had Rohit Sharma and/or Tamim Iqbal as openers.

A 3rd quick / medium pacer could come in to assist Bumrah & Shami eg. Angelo Matthews or Ashwin (depending where you were playing).

Mohammed Aamir or even Ishant could also be a possibilty to replace Shami.

Tamim
Rohit
Pujara
Kohli
Babar
Mathews
Rahim
Jadeja
Rashid
Aamir
Bumrah

vs.

Quentin
Warner
Williamson
Smith
Root
Marnus
Stokes
Cummins
Rabada
Boult
Lyon
ohhhh and i want rahkeem cornwall in as 12th man as my cult hero.
 
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Two very good sides, although you could nearly say it's Aust v India (and rightly so).

It looks like the sides have been picked on currrent rankings, for me the rankings are more a guide than anything. I mean Smith has played 9 tests in the last 2 years and is currently #1. Averaged under 40 for the aussie summer. Mind you, he is first picked for me.

The World XI side could have had Root, but at whose expense is the question. He could also be a 2nd spin option in that case. Maybe Quentin opens and Latham makes way, or Quentin makes way and Latham keeps.

Holder, while a good player and very under rated, could have been replaced with the likes of Hazlewood, Boult, Wagner to help Cummins & Rabada as I think there's enough batting already. Either way it's as good as you'll get. Holder could then be in a 3 way battle with DeGrandhomme for Stokes spot @ 7, however Stokes is a no brainer considering his 2019 form.

The Asia XI could have easily had Rohit Sharma and/or Tamim Iqbal as openers.

A 3rd quick / medium pacer could come in to assist Bumrah & Shami eg. Angelo Matthews or Ashwin (depending where you were playing).

Mohammed Aamir or even Ishant could also be a possibilty to replace Shami.

Tamim
Rohit
Pujara
Kohli
Babar
Mathews
Rahim
Jadeja
Rashid
Aamir
Bumrah

vs.

Quentin
Warner
Williamson
Smith
Root
Marnus
Stokes
Cummins
Rabada
Boult
Lyon
ohhhh and i want rahkeem cornwall in as 12th man as my cult hero.
Opening is a rather specialised position so I'd sooner have an inferior batsman that's an opener over a better batsman every day of the week. In any case I'd say Latham is as good a bat as Root over the past few years.

Since 2017:
Root: 39 matches, 3005 runs @ 43, 6 centuries, 18 fifties
Latham: 25 matches, 1431 runs @ 51, 6 centuries, 5 fifties

As many centuries in 2/3 of the games.
 

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Opening is a rather specialised position so I'd sooner have an inferior batsman that's an opener over a better batsman every day of the week. In any case I'd say Latham is as good a bat as Root over the past few years.

Since 2017:
Root: 39 matches, 3005 runs @ 43, 6 centuries, 18 fifties
Latham: 25 matches, 1431 runs @ 51, 6 centuries, 5 fifties

As many centuries in 2/3 of the games.
but root gives that extra bowling option for some spin overs if required.
besides i'm sure england have played better quality teams in that period.

no question latham had been good though and is worthy of a spot.

either way you gonna lose a little with the keeping, a little with the bat, or a 2nd spinning option.
 

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but root gives that extra bowling option for some spin overs if required.
besides i'm sure england have played better quality teams in that period.

no question latham had been good though and is worthy of a spot.

either way you gonna lose a little with the keeping, a little with the bat, or a 2nd spinning option.
That Smith, Williamson, Labuschagne don't provide?

Latham in that time played: 4x England, 4x South Africa, 6x Australia, 2x India. The "Big 4" in 46% of his games
Root in that time played: 10x Australia, 5x India, 8x South Africa. The other members of the Big 4 in 59% of his games

Latham is more deserving of a spot because simply put, he has been better. Just because Root is considered to be among the likes of Smith, Williamson and Kohli in the "big 4" talks doesn't necessarily mean he's better.
 

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