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Australia may not have had too many in recent times, but their ranks of allrounders from all time are formidable all the same
June 29, 2009
These five men are part of the game's most wanted - players who can change the direction of a match with either bat or ball, or both. And unlike the rest of the sections in Australia's All-time XI, there are no modern entries, highlighting the difficulties of achieving top-class performance with both disciplines.
Recent Australia sides have found that adding an allrounder upsets their balance and leaves them short in either specialisation. If they had any of these outstanding examples, Ricky Ponting and Andrew Hilditch would have no headaches. Warwick Armstrong, Jack Gregory and Monty Noble come from the dustiest pages of Australia's history, with all of them concluding their enviable careers before 1930, and are easy for modern observers to overlook. That mistake can be fixed easily by analysing their numbers, and casting your vote for someone deep in the country's history.
After World War II, Keith Miller arrived to wow everyone, and Richie Benaud joined him before bowing out in 1964. Two of the biggest names in the game took on the largest loads, and were idolised for their amazing deeds. Since Miller and Benaud exited the field and entered the media, Australia have prayed for similarly talented replacements. Nobody has been able to achieve anywhere near the success of these multi-skilled masters.
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