Your all time aussie test squad (of 18)

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cricketnut14

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Batting lineup (top 6 with test average over 50) since 1970, bowlers with over 300 test wickets...

Hayden
Hussey
Labusagne
Ponting
G Chappell
Smith
Gilchrist
Johnson
Warne
Lillee
McGrath

not sure how marnus can sneak in ahead of border or s.waugh at this stage of his career.
 

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cricketnut14

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Point taken. Incidentally after 18 tests Marnus has an average of over 60 and 1888 runs, Waugh had 673 runs at 29 after 18 tests.
then why isn't voges in your side as well ? ;)

so longevity was only part of your criteria for the bowlers ?

end of the day it's your squad, i was just throwing it out there.
 

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Point taken. Incidentally after 18 tests Marnus has an average of over 60 and 1888 runs, Waugh had 673 runs at 29 after 18 tests.
Yes. Tuggar was Test cricket's slowest starter. But look at his career end. After '89 Ashes he was a juggernaut. Has to be in our best ever 18.
 
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Howard Littlejohn

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Point taken. Incidentally after 18 tests Marnus has an average of over 60 and 1888 runs, Waugh had 673 runs at 29 after 18 tests.
S Waugh was originally picked as a "plug the gaps" no-rounder and didn't even start to become a true batsman until 1988/89 with the 90s against the West Indies. (Bowling fell away from an average of around 30 to around 40 in the years not long after that.)
Its not really an equivalent comparison, IMO. And then there's the longevity, Lab may well be a long term player. But that's not proven yet.
 

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S Waugh was originally picked as a "plug the gaps" no-rounder and didn't even start to become a true batsman until 1988/89 with the 90s against the West Indies. (Bowling fell away from an average of around 30 to around 40 in the years not long after that.)
Its not really an equivalent comparison, IMO. And then there's the longevity, Lab may well be a long term player. But that's not proven yet.
I always got the impression he was initially selected as a project player with his talent being evident but nobody was quite sure what to do with him. That there was such a dearth of talent in the mid 80s meant he probably got his call up a little earlier than otherwise too.
 

Howard Littlejohn

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I always got the impression he was initially selected as a project player with his talent being evident but nobody was quite sure what to do with him. That there was such a dearth of talent in the mid 80s meant he probably got his call up a little earlier than otherwise too.
Yeah, there was definitely a bit of that. And his ODI form kept in him in the Test team at times when perhaps he would not have survived. There was much less of a selection split between the two formats in those days.
 

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