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R Ashwin – all rounder

44 test caps, whopping 248 wickets. enough said.
+4 hundreds and 10 fifties make him a genuine test allrounder.
24 5 wicket hauls and SEVEN 10 wicket hauls

Ashwin took nine wickets in his maiden Test against West Indies, the second-highest by an Indian debutant after Narendra Hirwani's 16, and won the Man-of-the-Match award. It only got better from there: he registered nine five-fors in his first 16 Tests and in 2013, broke Erapalli Prasanna's Indian record for the fastest to 100 Test wickets by reaching the landmark in his 18th game.

His carrom ball, an arm ball just as good, his control over his offbreaks, and a sharp brain has made Ashwin a quintessential limited-overs spinner. In Test cricket, however, he endured a brief period of struggle after not being able to replicate his success in subcontinental conditions overseas. In December 2013, Ashwin went wicketless for 36 overs in Johannesburg as India failed to bowl out South Africa, who nearly accomplished a chase of 458 in over four-and-a-half-sessions. He was made to sit out for six Tests after that, and when India went to Australia in late 2014, he was not picked for the first Test in Adelaide.

Ashwin, however, effected minor tweaks to his bowling, mainly zeroing in on a comfortable action, and recaptured his glorious form to finish with 31 wickets in India's 3-0 series win against South Africa at home in November-December 2015. An opener with the bat before he took up offspin, Ashwin is more than a handy lower-order batsman: he is correct, has the shots and scored two Test centuries. He had a decent outing in the 2016 World T20, but in a crucial moment in the semi-final, he overstepped and reprieved the dangerous Lendl Simmons, paving the way for West Indies' win and India's exit.

John snow – fast bowler

49 tests,202 wickets. 8 5w hauls one 10w haul.

He is one of the all time BEST 60s era bowler in those infamous ENGLISH CONDITIONS

For eight years from the mid-1960s This bowler was, by some margin, England's best fast bowler. He was strong-willed and difficult, and, being subject to the whims of English panels of selectors, he won only 49 Test caps. Even more absurdly, he went on only three tours.
English politics meh. He was dropped twice in unusual circumstances: by Sussex for "not trying", witch hunt indeed.

His superior artistic flair was manifest in two published books of poetry, and in retirement he unexpectedly set up a successful travel agency. For England he reached his peak in West Indies and Australia, where his whopping 31 Test wickets in 1970-71. Whoa !!!

In rhythm, accuracy, pace and possession of a vicious bouncer, he had much in common with Glenn McGrath of Australia as a spearhead. But in one respect they widely differed: Snow never needed to resort to sledging to make a batsman feel uncomfortable. His air of menace said it all.

Kiran More – wicket keeper.

49 tests. 130 dismissals. I need someone who can stand up bravely next to wickets ready to stump esp for ace spinners Ashwin & saqi. As a batsman he got 7 fifties.

Kiran More was one of those gutsy little keepers who always relished a challenge, even thrived under it. More will be better remembered though for his fiercely competitive streak that garnered 130 dismissals and 1285 runs in 49 Tests. More than the statistics, it was his approach that set him apart. More became India's No.1 keeper on the tour of England in 1986, where he took 16 catches in three Tests to firmly keep his rivals at arm's length. The second most successful Indian Test keeper after Kirmani, More still holds the Test records for most stumpings in an innings (five) and in a match (six). Both were accomplished during Hirwani's Test at Madras in 1987-88. The pinnacle of his career came in 1990 when he was appointed vice captain to Azharuddin on the tour of New Zealand. More's never say die attitude was symbolised by the two fours in two balls that he swept off Tom Moody in the last over against Australia at the Gabba in the 1992 World Cup to bring India closer to an improbable victory.

Saqlain Mushtaq - spinner

49 matches and 208 wickets. 13 five wicket hauls, 3 ten wicket hauls

A trend-setter. Saqlain Mushtaq was perhaps the first offspinner to master the doosra, a delivery that spins away from the batsman even though it is delivered with an offspinner's action. Saqlain has a fast, short-stepping action with a halting delivery, and has a propensity to bowl no-balls, unusually for a bowler with such a short run. He is criticised for attempting too much variation and he often throws in the doosra the first time a batsman faces. Saqlain's international career got off to a splendid start - he was the fastest bowler to 100 one-day wickets, and his phenomenal control meant that he regularly bowled at the death. But his finest moment arguably came in a Test match, at Chennai in 1998-99, when his ten-for allowed Pakistan to sneak nerve-tingling 12-run win against India.

Trent Boult - Left arm fast bowler

49 test caps, 185 wickets, 5 five wkt haul, one 10 wkt haul, avg 29.

Trent Boult is a left-arm quick who presents a significant threat to batsmen around the world with an ability to move the ball both ways even in unresponsive conditions. Signs of his skill were evident even as a teenager. As a 17-year old, he was named the fastest secondary school bowler in the country. A year later, he was representing New Zealand at the Under-19 World Cup. By 2015, he was capable of long spells without wavering too far below the 140kph mark. He became one of New Zealand's irreplaceable players across formats and one of many protagonists in the side's march to their first World Cup final in 2015.His effectiveness in Test cricket was too compelling to ignore: he raced past 100 wickets in his 29th match and in 2013, only two years since his debut, he was New Zealand's top-wicket taker.

Boult's strength, according to Northern Districts coach John Pamment, is that, "he's got a lovely wrist position and the fact that the wrist goes right behind the ball gives him that control." Another asset for Boult is friend and sounding board Tim Southee. When on song, their partnership makes for compelling viewing, not to mention telling numbers. In 2014, the pair picked up nearly half the wickets New Zealand took - 67 of 143 - en route to the side's most successful Test year, with five wins in nine matches. Boult is also among the few fast bowlers who are exceptional fielders, and has a particular knack for one-handed blinders.

Maurice Leyland - batsman

41 test caps, 2764 runs, highest 187, 9 hundreds, 10 fifties, AVG 46.

The redoubtable Yorkshireman, had an Ashes average of 56, compared to 46 overall. He scored seven of his nine Test centuries against Australia, including three at the Oval in 1934, 1935 and 1938, his final Test. Apparently he invented the cricketing term ‘chinaman’.

Lindsay Hassett - batsman CAPTAIN

43 matches, 10 100s, 11 50s. avg 46.

He captained the Australian Services XI during the 1945 Victory Tests, and became Bradman's deputy and eventual successor, leading his country to 14 victories and only four defeats.

He is one of only five men with more than 10,000 first-class runs boast a better average. In 216 matches he hit 16,890 at 58.24, an average bettered (amongst players with 10,000 runs or more).

In 1945 he was chosen to lead the Australian Services to Britain for the Victory Tests. He declined a commission and did it all on a sergeant-major's pay of 12 shillings a day. The tour was hugely popular and re-established cricket's role in public life.

He began the 1946-47 series against England with a stand of 276 with Bradman, though it was a grinding performance compared to the batting styles of the 1930s.

It may have been remembered that, among other pranks, he had once tied a goat to Bradman's bed. But he was highly successful against South Africa, West Indies and England and his batting remained absolutely staunch.

He scored 59 centuries in his 290 completed innings, 27 of them overseas. His Test record was 3,073 runs in 43 matches, at 46.56. He was a quick, smart fielder. Cardus described his century at Lord's in 1953 as four and a half hours of cricket so fashioned that the watchmaker's eye was required to detect a loose screw or loose end here or there. He once remarked in a press box during a boring passage: I'm glad I wasn't up here when I was down there. There are others who have made more runs and taken more wickets, but very few have ever got more out of a lifetime, wrote Richie Benaud.

Tamim Iqbal Khan – opening batsman

45 test matches. [good enough for this draft even if he play couple more within a month]

3430 runs. 206 highest score.
average 40.35. ok.
8 hundreds and 20 fifties. says he is a work horse who produce a solid foundation.

Tamim Iqbal was already one of Bangladesh's most assured batsmen at the time of his 21st birthday, and will be a vital component at the top of the order for years to come. His promise was apparent when, batting for the Under-19s against England at the end of 2005, he smashed 112 from just 71 balls to help Bangladesh cruise to victory. The left-hander is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Bangladesh cricket and is arguably the hardest hitter of the cricket ball in the country.

As he plays for blangladesh of all the teams in the world, he would have immense pressure to perform not to lose his wicket to avoid flood gates. Had he played in any other test country team, he would much shine better.

Warren Bardsley – LEFT HANDED Opening batsman

41 test matches, 2469 runs, highest=193*, average=40.47 hundreds=6 fifties=14

Warren Bardsley, who died in Sydney on January 20, aged 71, was one the greatest left-handed batsmen produced by Australia. Only two of his countrymen, Sir Donald Bradman and AL Hassett [Also my pick ] , surpassed his record of 53 centuries -- 29 of them scored in England -- in first-class matches. As a stylist, Bardsley compared favorably with any left-hander of his day. His upright stance and eminently straight bat never failed to exercise a special charm upon spectators, and he used his feet to perfection while employing a wide variety of strokes.He was stronger in hitting past cover and to leg and he possessed a specially powerful straight drive.

In the 1908-09 season he scored in nine innings 748 runs, including 119 against South Australia, 192 against Victoria and, for the Australian XI against The Rest, 264. Despite these feats, he was not among the first men chosen to go to England in 1909, but on that tour he at once found his finest form and retained it. When hitting 136 and 130 from the England bowling at The Oval he became the first player of a list now grown to fourteen to hit two separate hundreds in a Test match.

Sir Jack Hobbs said of Bardsley: I cannot imagine a nicer type of fellow. I probably played against him as often as any Englishman and he was one of the best left-handers of the upright, classical school that I have ever seen.

Terry Alderman – fast bowler

41 test caps, 170 wickets, 2.72 economy, 27 average, 15 five wicket hauls, one 10 wicket hawl.

The Australian who bowled like a traditional English swing bowler, bowling stumps to stumps, revelled for accuracy and pin point precision. He took 42 wickets at 21.26 in 1981 (no Australian has taken more in an Ashes series). Back in England, it was back to business, with 41 wickets at 17.36 in 1989. He also did pretty well in Australia in 1990-91, however, with 16 wickets at 26.75. He took 100 Ashes wickets in total at just 21.17 apiece. He is Graham Gooch’s nemesis. Against his fast-medium out-swingers and off-cutters, Gooch struggled so much against him he asked to be dropped.

In 1981, Alderman's 42 wickets is the record for the most wickets taken in a series without taking 10 wickets in a match. He was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in the Almanack's 1982 edition.

Darren Bravo - Left handed batsman

49 test caps, 3400 runs, highest=218 average=40.00 hundreds=8 fifties=16

Darren Bravo is a man for long innings, a man who seems to love to bat on and on. His first century arrived in Bangladesh, in his tenth Test, and he made it a big one, falling five short of a double. He scored two more in the series in India immediately after. After 12 Tests his run aggregate and average were identical to that of his uncle Lara's after 12. He might not be flamboyant like lara but he is a silent accumulator, 8 hundreds and 16 fifties with 3400 test runs are the proof. Ideal for late rounds of this draft.

Yes, I pick him based on his stats alone. a reliable run machine with lots of experience having played all around the world. He got some really impressive stats for someone under 50 test caps.

Interesting Observations:

A. I got truly international team. Look around, there is good representation from all test teams. The BEST team.
B. I got max total number of years of experience for these 11 players. In test cricket experience counts, unlike short format. I got 500 years of test cricket experience. THE BEST team.
C. I got 45 hundreds and 88 fifties from my classy batting top order, one of best teams in comparison.
D. I got max total wicket total from 5 bowlers compared to any team. 1013 wickets total from my team of 5 bowlers. I exclude part time bowler stats. THE BEST team.
E. World record holder wicket keeper that’s famous for stumping, aided by top two world class spinners in this team.

Presenting my team.

1. Warren Bardsley [opener]
2. Tamim Iqbal [opener]
3. Lindsay Hassett [1 down batsman]
4. Maurice Leyland [2 down batsman] captain
5. Darren Bravo [3 down batsman]
6. R Ashwin [all rounder]
7. Kiran More [wicket keeper]
8. Saqlain Mushtaq [spinner]
9. John Snow [fast bowler]
10.Terry Alderman [fast military medium]
11. Trent Boult [fast bowler]

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Re: 2017 test draft - team presentations

Postby Verity » Wed Jan 25, 2017 9:17 am

Verity's XI

Martin Love - Opening Batsmen

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/c ... /6321.html

Between his first-class debut for Queensland in the 1992-93 Sheffield Shield final at the age of 18 and retiring after the 2008-09 decider, Martin Love was the man for the big occasion and the lame pun. An upright, stately batsman with the mindset to bat for long periods, Love made a searing 146 when Queensland finally won their first Sheffield Shield - after 68 barren years - in 1994-95. Five seasons later he posted another century in the final, a six-hour 100 which secured a draw and with it the Pura Cup. Another two hundreds came in the deciders of 2004-05 and 2005-06, when he peeled off 169 to set up an easy win, to set a new national mark. In 2002 he scored 251 for Durham - a county record - and improved on that with 273 in 2003 before becoming the first Queenslander to reach a triple-century with 300 not out against Victoria in 2003-04. He stepped down with an unbeaten 104 in the drawn Shield final of 2008-09, watching the prize go to the Bushrangers.

Love pushed himself to the front of the cab-rank for Australian selection with not one but two effortless double-centuries against the touring English team in 2002-03; when he made his debut in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne, he did so with a first-class average the right side of 50. He instantly looked at home, with a cultured 62 not out, but picked up a duck at Sydney. Another zero - first ball this time - against Bangladesh put his place in jeopardy, and despite a maiden century in the second Test at Cairns, Love lost his place when Damien Martyn returned from injury. Back in Queensland he continued his prolific ways until struck by finger problems in 2004-05 and 2005-06 that restricted his output and threatened his career. Both times he recovered in style only to experience more problems with his body and limped away aged 34.

In 2006-07 he passed 10,000 first-class runs for the state and Stuart Law's mark for the most runs by a Queenslander, but was forced to have a knee reconstruction. A qualified physiotherapist, Love needed his own rehabilitative talents in a difficult recovery. The injury continued to hamper him as his career wound down and he missed the final game in 2007-08 due to Bell's Palsy, a paralysing face condition. He continued for another season, leading the state's run-scoring with 842 in the Sheffield Shield, including a farewell 219 not out at the Gabba.

Bill Ponsford (vc) - Opening Batsmen

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/c ... /7131.html

Ponsford is the only player to have exceeded 400 twice. He and Hammond, apart from Bradman who made six, are the only players to have hit four triple-centuries, and his 281 not out against MCC at Lord's in 1934 is the highest score by an Australian on the ground. He shared in five partnerships of 375 or more; with Woodfull, whose career record so closely matched his own, he put together 23 three-figure partnerships, eighteen of them for the first wicket and twelve over 150. In 162 first-class matches, he scored 13,819 runs at 65.18, an average only Bradman and Merchant have bettered among batsmen with more than 10,000 runs, and he hit 47 hundreds. In the Sheffield Shield his runs totalled 5413 at 83.27, and in 29 Tests he made 2122 runs for an average of 48.23. A superb outfielder in any position, he had 71 catches to his credit - although, when examined for war service, he was found to be red-green colour-blind. "Ponny" was a man of few words outside the dressing-room: shy, modest and shunning publicity at all costs. When he was postered in Sydney in 1928 after his extraordinary four-innings sequence, it must have given him nightmares; the flow of runs suddenly stopped. Few, however, have been more eloquent with the bat than the great Victorian.

Steven Smith (c) - Batsmen

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/c ... 67192.html

Steven Smith started his Test career as a legspinner who batted at No.8; by the time he was named Australia's captain five years later, he was the No.1 Test batsman in the world and no more than an occasional bowler. Smith's talent was apparent early, but as a young batsman he had more moving parts than an orchestra, only they didn't always work in harmony. He went away and worked on his game and returned to the Test side two years later with a much tighter technique. He still fidgeted between balls but could play every shot in the book, and a few more that defied words besides. Smith is quick-footed and adept at facing spin, but is equally comfortable driving and pulling the fast bowlers. His first Test century came at The Oval in the 2013 Ashes and his composure was apparent in the way he brought up the milestone with a six safely lofted down the ground. Over the next year he continued to improve and 2014-15 became the Summer of Steve, as he scored centuries in all four first innings of the home Tests against India.

It was also in the 2014-15 home summer that he became Australia's 45th Test captain, filling in for the injured Michael Clarke in three Tests. Despite being only 25 at the time his maturity in the role was evident, and the extra responsibility clearly didn't hamper his run-making. It became clear that Smith was to be Clarke's successor, a move that was confirmed after Clarke's retirement at the end of the 2015 Ashes in England. It was also clear that Smith had become the most important batsman in Australia's team; his 215 in the win at Lord's came after a promotion up the order to No.3. As Smith's batting developed his bowling became less frequently sighted, although he could still land the odd fizzing legbreak and winkle out a wicket or two. In the field Smith's athleticism and instinct stands out, even in a high quality fielding side like Australia. He has also become a key man in Australia's ODI side, and was his country's leading run scorer in their triumphant 2015 World Cup campaign.

Clyde Walcott (wk) - WK Batsmen

http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/ ... 53211.html

No young fan of today could appreciate the extent of the excitement that surrounded West Indies' first Test victory on English soil. Sir Clyde Walcott was a member of that multiracial 1950 team and the thrill of it all never dulled for him or any of his contemporaries. (Only Everton Weekes and Sonny Ramadhin remain.) When, almost half a century later, Walcott became chairman of the ICC, based at that same Lord's ground, it rounded off a life full of high achievement. Walcott scored 168 not out in that historic Test and kept wicket while the amazing young spinners Ramadhin and Alf Valentine bowled 231 overs together, 145 of which were maidens, taking 18 wickets against a semi-petrified England line-up that included Len Hutton, Cyril Washbrook and Bill Edrich but lacked Denis Compton. Just enough Caribbean folk mustered at Lord's to bring to the historic match a glorious afterglow.

Next Test, at Trent Bridge, Frank Worrell (261) and Weekes (129) completed a vivid enactment for English audiences of the famed Three Ws, a triumvirate unique in cricket history, a combination of power and elegance, each challenging for the title of world's best and all born on the little island of Barbados within 18 months of each other, Walcott the youngest, on January 17, 1926. Educated at Combermere School and Harrison College, he had marked his 16th birthday with his first-class debut. When fully developed he resembled another Walcott, "Jersey Joe", the American heavyweight boxer. His strokeplay carried the same sort of paralysing punch. At his peak, like Viv Richards later, he was one of those rare power-packed batsmen to whom bowlers preferred not to bowl on a long afternoon. At 20 Walcott made 314 not out in a world-record unbroken fourthwicket stand of 574 with Worrell in an inter-island match at Port-of-Spain. It is not easy to picture him crying "like a baby", but by his own account in his autobiography Island Cricketers that is what the heat and humidity did to him as he batted in India for the first time in 1948-49, reaching his hundred with a six he could not later recall. There he made the first and second of his 15 Test centuries (the rapacious Weekes blazing four of five on the trot, starting with the one in the previous series at home against England, and being run out for 90 next innings).

The world had nothing to show comparable to the thrilling Three Ws but, when they toured Australia in 1951-52, they were halted, mainly by the hostile bowling of Lindwall and Miller. Only the languid Worrell of the trio made a century in West Indies' 4-1 defeat. Walcott, hampered by back trouble and relinquishing the keeper's gloves, managed only one half-century in his six Test innings. Massive compensation came on Walcott's home pitches. When India visited a year later he hit a 98 and two hundreds and in the following season, in a classic 2-2 series with England, he hammered 220 on his home track and 124 in Trinidad in the fourth Test, when for the second time all three Ws reached three figures in the same innings. Another century in the lost final Test (Garry Sobers's first) took his series tally to 698 at 87.25. And that was still not the peak, for a year later, when Australia visited the Caribbean for the first time, Walcott smashed five awesome hundreds, twice registering two in a Test. This time his aggregate was 827 (82.70) against the unlikely backdrop of a 3-0 series win by Australia.

Following a miserable series in England in 1957 he had the pleasure of escorting Sobers to his Test record score of 365 not out against Pakistan at Kingston (Walcott was a terrifying vision to be coming in at 602 for 3) and he followed with a century at Georgetown; but after two appearances against England in the sour 1959-60 series his career of 44 Tests ended. His average remains a mighty 56.68. Walcott, who had battered Lancashire league bowling (having an average of 600 for Enfield at one point), worked for cricket's advancement in his native island and in Guyana. He was West Indies tour manager, a selector and then board president before succeeding Colin Cowdrey as ICC's figurehead. In 1993 he was created Knight of St Andrew, Order of Barbados. Finding himself in need of material to lighten the many speeches he was now called upon to make, he once telephoned inquiring after any good cricket joke books. This contrasted intriguingly with the long-ago vision of a young autograph hunter by the SCG pavilion in 1952 who fled when scolded by Walcott for what he perceived as presumption. The reality was that Clyde Walcott preferred to laugh and accompanying the vision of his powerful strokeplay, for those who watched him and knew him, his deep voice resounds still - like his shots, an unforgettable mix of silk and gently rolling thunder.

Martin Donnelly - Batsmen

http://www.espncricinfo.com/newzealand/ ... 36832.html

Martin Paterson Donnelly, who died on October 22, 1999, aged 82, left an indelible impression on cricket despite the brevity of his career. As a New Zealander at Oxford, he entranced cricket-followers in the immediate post-war years in a manner surpassed only by Compton. He proved that reality matched appearance with a magnificent double-century against England in the Lord's Test of 1949. C. B. Fry said he was as good a left-hander as any he had seen, including Clem Hill and Frank Woolley.

Andrew Symonds - All rounder

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/c ... /7702.html

Andrew Symonds brought gusto to whatever he did, whether firing down offbreaks or mediums, hurling his ungainly bulk round the field or vigorously ruffling the bowler's hair at the celebration of a wicket. He saved his loudest grunt for his batting, where he was that rarest of modern-day creatures - an unabashed six-hitter in the mould of a George Bonnor or a Colin Milburn or a David Hookes.

Greg Matthews - All rounder

http://www.espncricinfo.com/australia/c ... /6525.html

Greg Matthews's extravagant affectations, cool lingo and dogged fighting spirit briefly made him the most hip player in the country, though rarely in the corridors of power, the Australian dressing-room or the estimation of Allan Border. Matthews was picked for Australia as a hard-working offspinner, but lacked penetration and averaged 48. Yet as a courageous if inelegant left-hand batsman he made four centuries and averaged 41. He was nothing if not a paradox. His high point was his ten-wicket Man of the Match performance in the Madras tied Test, in which he played throughout in a sweater while others nearly died of heatstroke. He holds New South Wales's appearance and wicket records, and was once proclaimed by his friend Geoff Lawson as NSW's best-ever player.

Harold Larwood - Fast Bowler

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/con ... 16207.html

Harold Larwood's life embodied drama and romance given to few cricketers. One of the rare fast bowlers in the game's long history to spread terror in opposition ranks by the mere mention of his name, he was, in turn, a young tearaway breaking free in the 1920s from a life in the Nottinghamshire coalmines; an English ogre and villain who bowled bumpers (as the bouncer was then called) at the heads and bodies of Australian batsmen; a `disgraced' hero banished to obscurity; and eventually a post-war migrant welcomed to Sydney in 1950 with his wife and family, the warmth of acceptance by those once so hostile to this aggressor proving both touching and slightly incomprehensible to him.

Hedley Verity - SLAO Bowler

http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/con ... 22185.html

Judged by any standard, Verity was a great bowler. Merely to watch him was to know that. The balance of the run up, the high ease of the left-handed action, the scrupulous length, the pensive variety, all proclaimed the master. He combined nature with art to a degree not equalled by any other English bowler of our time. He received a handsome legacy of skill and, by an application that verged on scientific research, turned it into a fortune. There have been bowlers who have reached greatness without knowing, or, perhaps, caring to know just how or why; but Verity could analyse his own intentions without losing the joy of surprise and describe their effect without losing the company of a listener. He was the ever-learning professor, justly proud yet utterly humble.

Wes Hall (1) - Fast Bowler

http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/ ... 52043.html

For a decade Wes Hall terrified batsmen the world over. Muscular and tall (6ft 2ins) with a classical action, Hall presented a fearsome sight. A long, lithe approach ended with a fast and well-aimed delivery. He started his cricket career as a wicketkeeper-batsman but converted to a bowler when the regular opener for his club side failed to turn up. He took the new ball, six wickets, and never looked back. He toured England in 1957 with only one first-class game to his name, but he struggled for form and with his run-up and looked unimpressive. Called into the side to tour India and Pakistan in 1958-59, he took 46 wickets in eight Tests, and he was a regular thereafter. In the classic Tied Test on 1961 at Brisbane he took 9 for 203, and bowled the last over with six runs were needed for victory with three wickets left. He took one wicket, dropped a crucial catch, and there were two run-outs. Against India in 1961-62 he grabbed 27 wickets at 15.74 and in 1963, partnered by Charlie Griffith, he blasted England into defeat. At Lord's, in another epic finish, he bowled unchanged for three-and-a-half hours and took 4 for 93 (as well as breaking Colin Cowdrey's arm). In 1964-65 his 16 wickets were instrumental in guiding West Indies to their first series win over Australia, but by the time he toured England in 1966 the signs were there that he was on the wane. He retired, along with his partner Griffith, at the end of the tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1968-69. An immensely popular man, he played two seasons for Queensland and the bulk of his career with Barbados (although that amounted to 13 matches in 15 seasons) with a few appearances for Trinidad in his twilight years. In retirement he become an ordained minister as well as a Minister of Tourism and Sport in the Barbados government. He also managed West Indies touring sides and in 2001 took over as president of the West Indies board.
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Charlie Griffith (2) - Fast Bowler

http://www.espncricinfo.com/westindies/ ... 51907.html


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Re: 2017 test draft - team presentations

Postby Boycs » Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:17 pm

Right, here is my team. In all its glory.

Before I list the players, I'd want to point out that my choices - as with all my draft choices - are looking to be interesting, less-trodden-path-style selections, as well as good players. Nonetheless they are all good, even great, players.

1. Glenn Turner

41 Tests. 2991 at 44.64. 7 hundreds/14 fifties. Best 259.

"In two senses the most professional cricketer ever produced by New Zealand, Glenn Turner made himself a household name throughout the cricket world" Turner is the only New Zealander with the coveted achievement of scoring 100 first class centuries during an epic career that spanned 1964-1983. CMJ wrote "Turner was an immaculately straight-playing opener, who defended with a solidity of technique few contemporaries matched." He averaged over 49 against Australia, and over 65 against the West Indies (and over 90 in the West Indies), with two hundreds against each. The two hundreds against WI were both doubles, and made against Sobers, Holder and Gibbs. He made a ton against India in India, and a ton against Pakistan in Pakistan.

2. Sid Barnes

13 Tests. 1072 runs at 63.05. 3 hundreds/5 fifties. Best 234.

A bizarre character and fine cricketer, with a Test average over 60 and an average as an opener of over 71. His best of 234 was overshadowed by Bradmans own exact same score, but they established a new fifth-wicket Test partnership record of 405. Wisden's stiff upper lip didn't seem to find it dignified to lavish any kind of praise upon him in that years Almanack, and his bravery at short-leg was so fierce that in the same stiff-lipped era he was criticised for what would now be hailed as competitive play. "His second English tour was in 1948, when he stood second in the Australian Test batting figures with an average of 82.25 and in all first-class matches put together an aggregate of 1,354, including three centuries, average 56.41."

3. Basil Butcher

44 Tests. 3104 runs at 43.11. 7 hundreds/16 fifties. Best 209*.

"A supple, wristy, resolute batsman.... on the 1963 tour of England he made 383 runs in eight completed innings, including 133 out of 229 in the memorable draw at Lord's. During an interval in that match he opened a letter which advised him that (against a background of civil war) his wife had had a miscarriage back home in Guyana. Very upset, Butcher continued to play a solid and masterly innings which saved his side." 32 Tests away, and only 12 at home. He averaged 46.41 away from home, showing that he was a tough batsman and possessed an adaptability that I can make use of at number three. his performances in English conditions should excite raja, in that he saved his best for them including 209* as his best score.

4. Murray Goodwin

19 Tests. 1414 runs at 42.84. 3 hundreds/8 fifties. Best 166*.

Forum members will have to make a leap of faith to accept that Goodwin, with little international exposure, it worthy of being the centre piece of my batting line-up. But we are talking about a man who took every chance he got at Test level averaging over 42, and scoring 22,000 runs in foreign conditions in Australia and England in his never-ending domestic career. He was just shaping up in 2000 with two hundreds in four Tests when injury, and family issues, snatched him from the international scene. He took Pakistan apart in 1998 with 166 at a SR above 80.00; and he scored it off Waqar, Akhtar, and Saqlain Mushtaq after coming in at 15/2. He took 113 of the West Indies in their home ground in Kingston off Ambrose and Walsh coming in at 1/5. He scored 148 off Gough, Caddick and Flintoff when the score was 1/1 when he walked to the crease. A man for a crisis, and a man to smack around the attack once the crisis passes.

5. Darren Lehmann

27 Tests. 1798 runs at 44.95. 5 hundreds/10 fifties. Best of 177.

With recent coaching activities, you might have to turn your mind back a way to recall that Lehmann stroked his way to 1798 runs in his 27 Tests at the healthiest average of 45. Appearances were few not because he lacked the talent, but because he was constantly forcing his way into a team full of stars. He spent the rest of the time murdering county attacks with a domestic average of 57.83. 82 FC centuries. Touring the West Indies yielded 353 runs from only four matches, Sri Lanka brought 375 at over 62, and in fact he struggled at home compared to his away average of a shade under 50. In the final two years of his Test career he averaged over 60.00 with five hundreds, but it wasn't enough to displace some of the existing Test batsmen. Waugh got the best out of him, and he averaged again over 63 in the ten Tests Lehmann played under him.

6. Farokh Engineer (wk)

46 Tests. 2611 runs at 31.08. 2 hundreds/16 fifties. Best of 121.

Engineer takes my keepers gloves, an agile keeper with 82 dismissals. Capable with the bat, with two hundreds at home against England and the West Indies, he contributed regular half-centuries including eight against England. He sent on their way nearly 830 batsmen in his career for India, Lancashire and Mumbai, and he kept to Bedi, Prasanna, Chandrasekhar and Venkataraghavan. The highlight of his career with the bat? 94 before lunch on Day 1 against Griffith, Sobers, Gibbs and Wes Hall. Solid, reliable, and proven.

7. Warwick Armstrong (c)

50 Tests. 2863 runs at 38.68. 6 hundreds/8 fifties. 87 wickets at 33.59. 3 five-fors, 0 ten-fors.

The big ship, larger than life Armstrong bestrode the cricketing world for the first twenty years of the 20th Century. Apart from 8 Tests (and an average of 58) he played his cricket against England, and scored 2172 runs against them at 35 and 74 of his wickets at 30.91. He loved bowling in England more than anywhere, taking his averaged under 30 which playing there. And in domestic cricket he scored 16,000 runs and averaged 46.83 with the bat, and took 832 wickets at 19.71 with the ball. These averages rival WG Grace in the Parthenon of all-rounders in the golden ages of cricket past. The captaincy easily brought the best out of his batting (avg 56) and bowling (avg 24) and he led Australia to eight consecutive Test victories against England, so he takes my skippers role as a man who leads from the front with bat and ball and had the stamina to play all three roles at once.

8. Jim Laker

46 Tests. 193 wickets at 21.24. 9 five-fors, 3 ten-fors.

Laker needs no introduction. The man ate Australians for breakfast (79 from 15 matches at 18.27) and he munched on New Zealanders, Pakistanis, South Africans - he averaged under 19.50 against every Test nation apart from India (23.62) and the West Indies (30.41). 19/90 is a figure that roams large in cricket consciousness even today. Enough said.

9. Fazal Mahmood

34 Tests. 139 wickets at 24.70. 13 five-fors, 4 ten-fors.

Pakistans first great bowler, and a workhorse who cared for his fitness rigorously, Mahmood was a sublime swing bowler. He scoured 24 wickets in only 3 matches against Australia, and ruled the roost in Pakistan with 65 of his scalps coming at 18.13. "He was the torch-bearer," said his modern counterpart Shoaib Akhtar, and he averaged 18 with the ball in domestic cricket.

10. Angus Fraser

46 Tests. 177 wickets at 27.32. 13 five-fors, 2 ten-fors.

Some here might think the sweaty, creaking, un-athletic looking Fraser a poor selection, but he's up there with among the best wicket hauls for 50 Tests or under, and was the most consistent England bowler in the midst of the disastrous 1990s. "Fraser was a classically English seamer, landing ball after ball outside off stump and brilliantly exploiting even the slightest hint of uneven bounce" and he carved through the West Indies while they were still a force - 70 wickets at 23.70. He took 46 wickets at 30 against Australia, and maintained a 32 average down under, which for an English man in the 1990s is somewhat Bradmanesque. His final year was his most prolific, with 58 wickets at 22.87, showing that had injury and the dimwitted selection policy of Raymond-idiot-Illingworth not existed, he would have been one of Englands top wicket takers.

11. Fred Spofforth

18 Tests. 94 wickets at 18.41. 7 five-fors, 4 ten-fors.

The demon. Even among his contemporaries on poor wickets and lower bowling averages, Spofforth was a cut above. Australia's first real paceman, with 853 wickets at 14.95 in domestic cricket, he played all his cricket against England and was the first player to take a Test hat-trick, and his 14/90 was the best figures by an Australian between 1882 and 1972. Fanatical about his fitness, he out-bowled his teammates and walked into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame in its inaugural line-up.

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Re: 2017 test draft - team presentations

Postby SuperGLS » Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:56 pm

I wanted batsmen who could bat and bowlers who could bowl. I think that’s what I got here. Batsman with high averages (no matter the era) and who all have big high scores. It shows they have the temperament. Also I wanted a mix of nations represented as to have a lot of experience in a variety of conditions. As GS has pointed out, some of the selected teams do not have this. More left handed batsmen than right which is a bit unusual. Batting down to 8 thanks to Davidson as a quasi-allrounder.

The bowlers have good averages at low strike rates which means they take wickets. Got three fast pacemen and a legendary spinner. A few of the batsmen, Cowper in particular, could bowl when needed and pick up some wickets though they would hardly be needed that often.

3 South Africans, 3 Englishmen, 2 Australians, 1 Indian, 1 West Indian and 1 Bangladeshi

Dennis Amiss 50 tests
46.30 with 11 hundreds and a high score of 262*

Solid player known for turning his hundreds into big hundreds. 8 of his 11 being scores of more than 150.

Cheteshwar Pujara 43 tests
49.33 with 10 hundreds and a high score of 206*

Known for batting at number 3, but he’s played a few tests at the top and his average is even better as an opener. Thought it would be good to have a guy that has experience playing on subcontinental pitches. Good player of good spin bowling on this types of pitches.

Bob Cowper 27 tests
46.84 with 5 hundreds and a high score of 307, 36 wickets at 31.63

Good number 3 and a handy finger spinner when needed.

A stockbroker and merchant banker too intelligent and ambitious to linger long in a game offering such modest financial rewards, Bob Cowper renounced Test cricket at 28, though not before he had built an impressive portfolio of achievement as a left-hand batsman and finger-spinner. His 12-hour 307 against England at Melbourne in February 1966 was the highest Test innings and the only triple-century on Australian soil until Matthew Hayden's 380 in 2003-04. His fertile cricket imagination and sense of injustice at the lot of the average Australian cricketer left a strong impression on Ian Chappell, in time a militant campaigner for the rights of his comrades.

Graeme Pollock 23 tests
60.97 with 7 hundreds and a high score of 274

Perhaps the finest left-hand batsman the game has ever produced - Donald Bradman certainly thought so, classing only Garry Sobers as his equal among those he saw play. Another deprived of greater exposure by South Africa's isolation, Pollock showed in his 23 Tests what an awesome talent he possessed; his highest score of 274 was for many years the South African Test record. Pollock was an extremely powerful batsman, although his timing was perhaps his most obvious natural asset, and could also bowl effective legspin at times. He scored his maiden first-class century when he was just 16 and then posted his first Test hundred at 19 in Australia.

Mominul Haque 20 tests
51.15 with 4 hundreds and a high score of 181

Wanted to get another player from the subcontinent who could play spin in these conditions and he seems to excel at home in Bangladesh. Good enough for me.

Seymour Nurse 29 tests
47.60 with 6 hundreds and a high score of 258

Seymour Nurse was a powerfully-built batsman and excellent close fielder right out of the top drawer. He was a middle-order strokemaker from Barbados who didn't really establish himself until the 1966 West Indian tour of England, when he was 32. Nurse then passed 50 five times in as many Tests, and though he hammered 137 at Headingley his best innings probably came at Trent Bridge, where he thumped a majestic 93 in trying circumstances. He was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1967, and finished his Test career with a magnificent 258 at Christchurch in 1968-69.

Quinton de Kock 16 tests
51.04 with 3 hundreds and a high score of 129*

Best keeper-batsmen available in this draft. He sucks against Bangladesh (out for a two ball duck in his only inning), otherwise he’s extremely good against all countries and in all countries where he has played.

Alan Davidson 44 tests
186 wickets at 20.53 with a strike rate of 62.2 and 14 five wicket hauls, batting average of 24.59

Like his close friend and comrade Richie Benaud, Alan Davidson suddenly translated potential into performance when Australia toured South Africa in 1957-58. A left-arm paceman with a model approach and an economical action - summed up in the title of his autobiography Fifteen Paces - he took 72 wickets and scored four centuries on the trip. For the next five years, he would be the most menacing new-ball bowler of his day, not to mention a dangerous striker in the lower-middle order, and a versatile fielder at home in all positions. A martyr to injuries real and imagined, some of his best performances were reserved for moments when he seemed down and out: he took a broken finger into the 1960 Tied Test, and a bad back into the Ridge Test at Lord's the following year, yet made telling contributions to both.

Frank Tyson 17 tests
76 wickets at 18.56 with a strike rate of 45.4 and 4 five wicket hauls

In terms of raw, unbridled pace, few bowlers in history can match England's Frank Tyson. Richie Benaud rated him the quickest he's ever seen. In 17 Tests, Tyson took 76 wickets at an average of 18. This was no brainless quickie, however - Tyson was a Durham University graduate, and had a penchant for quoting Shakespeare or Wordsworth to batsmen. Most famously, Tyson blew away Australia as England retained the Ashes in 1954-55. After starting off with 1 for 160 in defeat at Brisbane, he shortened his run and took 10 wickets at Sydney and nine more at Melbourne, when he took 7 for 27 in the second innings and frightened the life out of the Aussies. There can have been few faster spells in history than Tyson's in that innings. He skittled the opposition, and bowling downwind off a shorter run, was literally as fast as a typhoon.

Kagiso Rabada 14 tests
21.76 with 63 wickets at a strike rate of 36.5 and 5 five wicket hauls

Right arm quick, accurate, takes a lot of wickets.

Colin Blythe 19 tests
100 wickets at 18.63 with a strike rate of 45.4 and 9 five wicket hauls

A great slow left-armer, possessing a classical delivery and looping flight. His action was elegant and smooth, a few strides leading into a perfect upright sideways-on delivery. He pitched the ball up to encourage the drive into a strong off-side field, and with sufficient spin to trap any batsman unwise enough to try and hit against it. He varied his pace well, and was deceptive through the air, with more pace than most batsmen realised until too late.

On the uncovered wickets before World War One, he was almost unplayable after rain, or when the pitch started to crumble. He relished the challenge of bowling to hard-hitting batsman, bringing to his art the virtue of considerable imagination - he seemed always to have something more up his sleeve. He debuted for Kent when 20 years old, and took over 100 wickets in his second season.
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Re: 2017 test draft - team presentations

Postby Misty » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:43 am

myself,Misty Patel
My World XL ;

Charlie Turner
17 test : 101 test wickets: ave.16.53

Charlie Turner will be my strike fast bowler,i am in search for well balance team but my choice basically series in sub continent so you notices my team has verity's of well balanced spinner plus

What impress me most was his 10 wickets Haul in First class cricket:35 times, but its took him only 17 test (30 innings) for 101 test wickets:7 for 43 his best bowling in an innings and 12 for 87 best in single test, Average (bowling) 16.53. Econ.1.93

4 wickets 3 times
5 wickets 11 times
10 wickets 2 times.

Charlie Turner my first fast bowler,i will post my second fast bowler/Wicketkeeper/
And other opening batsman next.

Charles Thomas Biass "Charlie" Turner, a bowler ranking with the best ever produced by Australia, and by many who played against him considered without superior, died on New Year's Day in Sydney, aged 81. Records that stand to his name tell of his work with the ball, but it is remarkable that in the first set of photographs that appeared in Wisden he is holding a bat and wearing pads in company with his colleague J. J. Ferris, grasping a ball in his left hand. Chosen with G. A. Lohmann, of Surrey, Robert Peel, of Yorkshire, John Briggs, of Lancashire, and S. M. J. Woods, of Cambridge University and Somerset--himself an Australian--the two members of the team captained by P. S. McDonnell fully deserved the honour, for they practically dominated every match in which they played on this their first visit to England. In a season when bowlers accomplished wonderful things, almost beyond belief in these days, Turner took 314 wickets at 11.12 runs apiece.

My captain of World xl.allrounder vinoo Mankad
44 test : 162 test wickets @32.32.Eight Five wickets Haul.Ten Four wickets haul and twice took 10 wickets haul.

Also scored 2109 runs with 5 century and 6 half centuries @ 31.47

Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy put on record opening partnership of 413 runs, a record that stood for 52 years.Vinoo mankad was nominated widen Cricketer of year 1947.

An opening batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler, he played in 44 Tests for India, and made 2109 runs at an average of 31.47 including five Test centuries with a top score of 231. He also took 162 wickets at the average of 32.32, including eight five-wicket hauls. He is one of the three cricketers to have batted in every position, from the first to the last, during his Test career.

Mankad's best performance was against England at Lord's in 1952. In the first innings he top-scored with 72. During England's first innings, he bowled 73 overs and took 5 wickets for 196 runs. In India's second innings in that Test match, he top-scored again with 184 runs out of India's total of 378. Though England won the game easily, Mankad's all-round performance salvaged India's pride in a series where they were heavily outmatched. Mankad was the first player in more than 30 years to score a 100 and take five wickets in the same Test and the first Indian to achieve this feat. As such, he is one of only three non-England 'away' players whose names appear on both batting and bowling honours boards at Lords. (The other two are Keith Miller and Sir Gary Sobers).

Also memorable was his role earlier in the same year against England in Madras. He took 8/52 in England's first innings and 4/53 in the second helping India beat England for the very first time in a Test match.

In 1956 he hit 231 against New Zealand at Chennai and together with Pankaj Roy established the world record opening partnership of 413 runs which stood for 52 years. His score was a Test record for India at the time and would remain so until it was broken in 1983 by Sunil Gavaskar.

Mankad caused controversy in 1947/48 on India's tour of Australia, when he ran out Bill Brown backing up in the second Test. In other words, he broke the wicket at the non-striker's end during his run-up while the batsman at that end was out of his ground. He had done the same thing to Brown in the game against an Australian XI earlier on the tour, but his running out of Brown infuriated the Australian media, and running someone out in this way is now referred to as "Mankading".[1]

However, Don Bradman in his autobiography defended Mankad, saying:
For the life of me, I can't understand why [the press] questioned his sportsmanship. The laws of cricket make it quite clear that the nonstriker must keep within his ground until the ball has been delivered. If not, why is the provision there which enables the bowler to run him out? By backing up too far or too early, the nonstriker is very obviously gaining an unfair advantage.


Clarrie Grimmett

37 test 216 wickets @ 24.21
Four wickets haul 7 times, 5 wickets haul 21 times including twice on debut test, Even took 10 wickets haul 7 times.

Clarence Victor "Clarrie" Grimmett (25 December 1891 – 2 May 1980) was a cricketer; although born in New Zealand, he played most of his cricket in Australia. He is thought by many to be one of the finest early spin bowlers, and usually credited as the developer of the flipper.

Grimmett was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, on Christmas Day, leading Bill O'Reilly to say that he "must have been the best Christmas present Australia ever received from that country."[1]

A schoolmaster encouraged him to concentrate on spin bowling rather than fast bowling. He played club cricket in Wellington, and made his first-class debut for Wellington at the age of 17. At that time, New Zealand was not a Test cricketing nation, and in 1914 he moved to neighbouring Australia, then as now one of the sport's superpowers.

He played club cricket in Sydney for 3 years. After marrying a Victorian, he moved to Melbourne, where he played first-class cricket for Victoria. He moved to South Australia in 1923, but it is for his performances in Test cricket for the Australian cricket team that he is best remembered.

Grimmett played 37 Tests between 1924 and 1936, taking 216 wickets at an average of just 24.21 runs apiece. He took two five wicket hauls on debut against England in Sydney in 1925.[2] He became the first bowler to reach the milestone of taking 200 Test wickets, and is one of only four Test bowlers that played in their first Test after the age of thirty to take more than 100 wickets, the other three being Dilip Doshi, Saeed Ajmal and Ryan Harris. He took an average of six wickets per match. Many wickets in the last four years of his Test career were taken bowling in tandem with fellow leg-spinner Bill O'Reilly. Grimmett remains the one of the few bowlers with career figures of over 200 wickets in fewer than 40 Tests. He took a five-wicket 'bag' on 21 occasions, seven times finishing with ten wickets or more in a match. His Test career only began when he was aged 33, and ended when he was 44, playing his last Test against South Africa in Durban. Despite taking 44 wickets in the series, and continued success in first-class cricket, he was dropped for the 1936/7 series at home against England, replaced by Frank Ward, and did not join the 1938 tour to England.

His first-class records holds a total of 1,424 wickets in 248 matches between 1911 and 1941, again at a rate close to six wickets per match. This total included 5 wicket bags on over 120 occasions and - in one performance for a touring Australian side against Yorkshire in 1930, he took 10 wickets for 37 runs off 22.3 overs, one of only a very small number of players to have claimed all of the wickets in an innings. He took 513 wickets in his 79 Sheffield Shield matches.

Grimmett was a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1931.


Everton Weekes

48 test ; 4455 runs @ 58.61 ave. 15 century,19 Fifties.49 catches

Weekes made his Test debut for the West Indies against England at Kensington Oval on 21 January 1948, aged 22 years and 329 days. He was one of 12 debutants; seven from the West Indies (the other were Walcott, Robert Christiani, Wilfred Ferguson, Berkeley Gaskin, John Goddard and Prior Jones) and five for England; Jim Laker, Maurice Tremlett, Dennis Brookes, Winston Place and Gerald Smithson. Batting at number three, Weekes made 35 and 25 as the match ended in a draw.[22]

Weekes's performance in his next two Tests, in the words of Wisden, "did little to indicate the remarkable feats which lay ahead"[23] and was initially dropped from the Fourth and final Test of the series against England before an injury to George Headley allowed Weekes to return to the side.[24] After being dropped on 0, Weekes scored 141, his maiden Test century[25] and was subsequently chosen for the West Indies tour of India, Pakistan and Ceylon.

In his next Test, the First against India, at Delhi, in November 1948 (the first by West Indies in India),[25] Weekes scored 128, followed by 194 in the Second Test in Bombay and 162 and 101 in the Third Test in Calcutta. Weekes then made 90 in the Fourth Test in Madras, being controversially run out[25] and 56 and 48 in the Fifth Test at Bombay. Weekes's five Test centuries in consecutive innings is a Test record, passing the record previously held by Jack Fingleton and Alan Melville[26] as was his achievement of seven Test half centuries in consecutive innings,[25] passing the record previously jointly held by Jack Ryder, Patsy Hendren, George Headley and Melville.[27] (Andy Flower and Shivnarine Chanderpaul have since equalled Weekes' record of seven half centuries).[28]

By the end of the series, which also included a century against Ceylon, at that time a non-Test cricketing nation, and a half century against Pakistan in a match not classed as a Test match, Weekes had a Test batting average of 82.46 and had passed 1,000 Test runs in his twelfth innings, one fewer than Donald Bradman.[29] Early in the tour the West Indian team's cricket kit disappeared and Weekes was surprised to see Indian fisherman wearing flannels and West Indian cricket jumpers.[30] As a result of his series, Weekes was named one of the 1949 Indian Cricket "Cricketers of the Year".[31] The next season saw no Test cricket played by West Indies but Weekes scored 236* against British Guiana at Bridgetown, averaged 219.50 for the season and raised his career first-class average to 72.64.[32]

In 1950 West Indies toured England and Weekes continued his excellent form, scoring 338 runs at 56.33 and playing a significant part in the West Indies 3–1 victory in the Test series, as well as 2310 first-class runs at 79.65 (including five double centuries, a record for a West Indian tour of England).[33] By the end of the series, Weekes had scored 1,410 Test runs at 74.21 and had enhanced his reputation as one of the finest slip fielders in world cricket, taking 11 catches in the series. Additionally, his 304* against University of Cambridge remains the only triple century by a West Indian on tour in England.[33] In recognition of his performance, Weekes was named a 1951 Wisden Cricketer of the Year.[23]

Named as a member of the West Indian team to tour Australia in 1951/52, Weekes was troubled by a range of injuries throughout the tour, including an ongoing thigh injury[34] and a badly bruised right thumb when a door slammed shut on it while he was helping an injured Walcott out of his room,[35] subsequently leaving his performances below expectations.

Additionally, as the leading West Indian batsman, Weekes was targeted by the Australian fast bowlers, in particular Ray Lindwall, subjecting him to Bodyline-like tactics of sustained short pitched bowling. Reviewing the series, the Sydney Morning Herald claimed that the Australian tactics to contain Weekes may have been just within the laws of cricket but infringed on the spirit of the game.[36] Leading cricket commentator Alan McGilvray later wrote "I remain convinced to this day the bumpers hurled at Weekes had a definite influence on charging up West Indian competitiveness in future series."[37] Following the Australian tour, the West Indies visited New Zealand. In a tour match against Wellington, Weekes kept wicket in the absence of the injured Simpson Guillen and effected the only stumping of his first class career.[38]

During the Port of Spain Test against India in February 1953, Weekes surpassed George Headley's record of 2190 as West Indies highest Test run scorer. Weekes would hold this record until June 1966 when surpassed by Gary Sobers.[39]

Australia in the West Indies 1954/55[edit]

Weekes took his sole Test wicket in this series. In the First Test at Sabina Park, Kingston, with Australia requiring just 20 runs in their second innings to win the Test, Weekes opened the bowling and had Arthur Morris caught by Glendon Gibbs.[40] The Australians were surprised at the level of racism evident throughout the West Indies at the time, and were embarrassed to find that Weekes, Worrall and Walcott had not been invited to a cocktail party at the home of a white West Indian player.[41]

Other achievements include three centuries in consecutive innings against New Zealand in 1956, and a partnership of 338 with Worrell against England in 1954, still a West Indian record for the third wicket. In 1954 Weekes was chosen as the first tenured black captain of Barbados and the second black captain overall following Herman Griffith's temporary captaincy in 1941.[42]

Weekes was affected by sinusitus throughout the tour, requiring five operations,[43] and broke a finger in late June.[44] Reporting on the final day of the 1957 Lord's Test where Weekes had made a rearguard 90 as the West Indies slumped to an innings defeat, The Times's cricket correspondent wrote "It had been a day to quicken one's feeling for cricket, glowing with freshness and impulse and friendliness, and it had belong to Weekes."[45] Denis Compton said of Weekes following this innings; "In every respect, it was the innings of a genius."[46] During the tour Weekes became only the fourth West Indian to pass 10,000 first-class runs.[47] Weekes was the first West Indian to pass 3,000 Test runs, in 31 Test matches, and the first to score 4,000 Test runs, in 42 Test

In 1949 Weekes accepted an offer of £500 to play as the professional for Bacup in the Lancashire League.[48] When he first arrived in Bacup, Weekes was greatly affected by the cold and took to wearing an army great coat everywhere, to the extent it became part of his League image.[49] His homesickness for Barbados was tempered by his landlady's potato pies and the presence of Worrell and Walcott, who were playing for League clubs Radcliffe and Enfield respectively. The three Ws would regularly meet at Weekes's house midweek for an evening of piano playing and jazz singing.[50]

In all, Weekes played seven seasons in the Lancashire League between 1949 and 1958, passing 1000 runs in each.[51] His 1,518 runs scored in 1951 is still the club record and for 40 years was the League record, until broken by Peter Sleep.[52] Weekes scored a total of 9,069 runs for Bacup at 91.61, with 25 centuries, including 195* against Enfield, a score that remains a League record,[49] as does his 1954 batting average of 158.25.[50] Weekes also had success with the ball, taking at least fifty wickets in all but one season at Bacup, including 80 wickets in 1956.[49]

During the 1954 season he also played for neighbouring Central Lancashire League club Walsden as sub professional in the Wood Cup Final. His 150 runs and 9 wickets helped the village club to their first trophy in the seventy years since they became founder members of the CLL. Weekes's performances were a significant contribution to League crowds, with over 325,000 spectators attending Lancashire League matches in 1949, a record as yet unsurpassed.[49] He also played up for the crowds; batting in a match against Rawtenstall Cricket Club, Weekes waited until a ball had passed him before taking his left hand off his bat and hitting the ball around his back through square leg for four.[49]

Weekes had a classic batting style, possessed a variety of shots on both sides of the wicket,[7] and is considered one of the hardest hitters in cricket history.[53] Described by The Times as lightly bow-legged, with a wonderful eye, wrists the envy of any batsman, and feet always the right place to play a shot,[45] Richie Benaud stated that many Australians who saw Weekes in action said he was the closest batsman in style to the pre-World War II Donald Bradman.[53] He was also compared to Bradman in his ability to keep the scoreboard moving.

He was first player to scored 1000 test runs in least number of test

[1] 141 4 England Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 1948 Won
[2] 128 5 India Delhi, India Feroz Shah Kotla 1948 Drawn
[3] 194 6 India Mumbai, India Brabourne Stadium 1948 Drawn
[4] 162 7 India Kolkata, India Eden Gardens 1948 Drawn
[5] 101
[6] 129 12 England Nottingham, England Trent Bridge 1950 Won
[7] 207 21 India Port of Spain, Trinidad Queen's Park Oval 1953 Drawn
[8] 161 23 India Port of Spain, Trinidad Queen's Park Oval 1953 Drawn
[9] 109 25 India Kingston, Jamaica Sabina Park 1953 Drawn
[10] 206 28 England Port of Spain, Trinidad Queen's Park Oval 1954 Drawn
[11] 139 31 Australia Port of Spain, Trinidad Queen's Park Oval 1955 Drawn
[12] 123 35 New Zealand Dunedin, New Zealand Carisbrook 1956 Won
[13] 103 36 New Zealand Christchurch, New Zealand Lancaster Park 1956 Won
[14] 156 37 New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand Basin Reserve 1956 Won
[15] 197 44 Pakistan Bridgetown, Barbados Kensington Oval 1958 Drawn
Sir Conrad Hunte : Finest opener of my time.[ batsman]
44 test : 3245 runs @45.06 ave. 8 test century and 13 half centuries.

Sir Conrad Cleophas Hunte died of a heart attack after playing tennis in Sydney on December 3, 1999, aged 67. Conrad Hunte was one of the greatest West Indian batsmen of a great generation; he also played a major role in the reconstruction of South African cricket, and was a figure of moral authority in the wider world. As a batsman, Hunte could match anyone stroke-for-stroke, especially on the leg side, if he wanted. But he subdued his attacking nature in Test cricket to let his team-mates play their shots, a decision which was vital in making the West Indian side of the early 1960s one of the most complete of all time. It was an early signal of the determined thoughtfulness that was to stamp his authority

Sir Conrad hunte was widen cricketer of year 1964

Trevor Goddard one of finest all rounder of Southafrica [ all rounder]

41 test :2516 runs with 18 fifties @34.46 ave and highest test score of 100, he also took 123 wickets @ 26.92 ave.

One of the great but most seldom acknowledged allrounders, Trevor Goddard is remembered for leading South Africa to a drawn series in Australia in 1963-64 after he had become captain virtually by default and his team had been described as no-hopers by the media in both countries. Instead, the tour launched the careers of such household names as Graeme and Peter Pollock, Eddie Barlow and Colin Bland. Goddard was a walking coaching manual, a left-hander of classically correct technique with bat and ball. His play was a model of economy of effort, and he was renowned for analysing opponents' strengths and weaknesses with uncanny accuracy and speed. A natural awayswinger to the right-hander, Goddard was also able to move the ball the other way. He remains one of South Africa's most solid opening batsmen. Goddard became an evangelist preacher after his retirement.


Colin Bland
Test 21 :1669 runs @49.08 . 3 test century and 9 Fifties
He was one of finest Fielder and [ batsman]

Bulawayo-born Colin Bland will go down in cricket history as one of the greatest cover fielders. He combined speed, perfect balance and a quite exceptional throwing arm, and thrilled spectators and intimidated opposing batsmen in equal measure. Even in the modern era, when outstanding fielders are more commonplace, Bland would have stood out. He honed his skills by endless practice throwing at a single stump, and later on he used this to show off his skills to the public during team fielding sessions . Much as was the case with Jonty Rhodes in the 1990s, even if Bland did not perform with the bat, he was worth an extra 20-30 runs for his fielding alone. But he could bat, even if he was often undone by a tendency to try and loft the ball bacl over the bowler's head. In 1963-64 in Australia he scored 126 at Sydney, ending the series with 367 runs at 61.16, and followed with 207 runs at 69.00 in New Zealand. Against England in 1964-65 he was again at his best, hammering 144 at Johannesburg and his 572 runs came at 71.50. In England the following summer he made 906 runs, including 286 at 47.66 in the three Tests. On that tour, which was South Africa's last series against England for 29 years, Bland's fielding was a revelation wherever he went, and his run-outs of Ken Barrington and Jim Parks at Lord's turned the match. His Test career ended tragically at Johannesburg against Australia in 1966-67, when he crashed into a boundary fence while chasing the ball, badly damaging his left knee. In domestic cricket he was no less popular, and equally effective. In 1967-68 he smashed 197 in three hours for Rhodesia against Border in a low-scoring match on a poor wicket which highlight

Maurice Tate [ all rounder]
39 test ; 155 TEST wickets @ ,His 2784 wickets in FC@18.16
Took 4 and 5 wickets haul 7 times.he scored 5 fifties with best score of 100 not out.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/england/con ... 21462.html

john Waite ; [wicket keeper]
50 test 2406 runs @ 30.44,4 test century and 16 scores of 50's
in FC, over 500 dismissal with 84 Stumping , Test matches he dismissing 141 over all

Johnny Waite was something of a legend for over a decade of Springbok cricket during the 1950s and '60s, as he became the first man to represent his country in 50 Tests - and the only one to do so in the pre-isolation era. First selected in 1951 as a 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman, Waite showed he was no shrinking violet by joining his uncle, Eric Rowan, in a remarkable display of protest when both sat down on the pitch while batting against Lancashire after being slow-handclapped. Waite's pugnacity as a batsman, the strength of his character and his skill with the gloves meant that he displaced first-choice keeper Russell Endean and played in the first four Tests of the series. Waite was chosen as Endean's understudy once more for the 1952-53 tour of Australia, but again rose quickly to the top forcing Endean to reinvent himself, successfully, as a specialist batsman. Most of Waite's long list of national records have now been surpassed by Dave Richardson and Mark Boucher, although he still holds, with Boucher, the record for the most dismissals in a five-Test series - 26.


Saeed Ajmal [ spinner]

35 test 178 wickets @ 28.10.he was finest off Break bowler of Pakistan. he was those rare bowler who took 10 wickets haul 4 times, besides 4 wickets haul 9 times and 5 wickets haul 10 times.his test best score was 50.

in Twenty 20 his ave. @16.99 [ 4 wkts 8 times] with 260 wickets,184 ODI WICKETS FOR PAKISTAN and 562 wkts in FC.
http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan/co ... 42699.html

Andrew Jones [ batsman ]
39 test ; 2922 runs @ 44.27 he scored 7 century for newzeland and 11 half century he also scored 25 scores of 50 in ODI for NZ.

jones always remember for his [186] 467 runs stands with martin Crowe[299]

Success came late for Andrew Jones who was almost 28 - and on his third province - when he won his first cap for New Zealand, and even then it wasn't a dream debut as his laboured 45 at Brisbane hardly impressed many in the media. But he settled into a solid No. 3 and his courage and tremendous powers of concentration won his critics over and his final Test record - 2922 runs at 44.27 - put him up among the best. And those statistics are even more impressive when it is observed that New Zealand won only six of his 39 Tests. His style was certainly not always orthodox, especially against the short ball where he developed a jumping technique which was often ungainly but usually effective. He might have been a purist's nightmare, but he was ruthless when set: five of his seven hundreds - all of which came in drawn Tests - were in excess of 140. That included his Test-best 186 against Sri Lanka at Wellington in 1990-91, when he and Martin Crowe added 467, at the time a Test record for any wicket.


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50% of my team member world xl Loaded with WISDEN CRICKETER OF YEAR AWARD.
most are among the greatest bowler, batsman and allrounder
my wicketkeeper rare in the history of southafrican cricket with 50 test.
my team took 941 test wickets and scored 21851 runs over 100 scores of Fifties and 44 test century in only 451 test.
Average player plays 42/ 44 test maximum from my groups than most entry with near 49 and 50 test, yet they can hardly beat my team

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