David Frith's play-for-your-life XI October 20, 2010

For your money (and your life)

A play-for-your-life XI who'll do you proud when it's a choice between not losing and heading to the gas chamber
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Suspend your sense of disbelief for the time being and imagine that the team you select will be playing some other team, and should your side lose (a draw would be fine) you will be sent to the gallows or the gas chamber or somewhere equally unpleasant. Who would you select to "play for your life"?

The rules do not permit the choice of 11 blockers. It needs to be a balanced team, otherwise you'd never get those sinister opponents out (it's important to do so, or come close, or else the ground would be completely empty). This rules out employing the likes of Scotton, Louis Hall, Alick Bannerman, Hanif Mohammad, Mudassar Nazar, Chris Tavare, and five other defensive batsmen in a stultifying batting order. The essence is reliability and "stickability" for batsmen, allrounders, wicketkeepers and bowlers. This is a serious business.

There have been many to choose from, but here is my personal selection:

1. Geoffrey Boycott
He left the crease almost 30 years ago, but his reputation for doggedness remains incomparable.

2. Bill Ponsford
Double-centuries, triples, and a quadruple-century dripped from his broad bat, and he didn't care how long they took.

3. Don Bradman
Remember, this team is batting for your life: how could this near-perfect run machine be left out?

4. Ken Barrington
Wide bat, broad chest, unmatched determination: one of the few dropped because he batted too slowly (i.e. uncompromisingly) in a Test.

5. Sachin Tendulkar
Refer DG Bradman above.

6. Shivnarine Chanderpaul
Capable of batting through a thousand minutes of Test-match bowling without getting out: what more could be asked?

7. Trevor Bailey
Drove opponents and spectators of the 1950s half mad with his obstinacy and rare patience.

8. Ken Mackay
Early version of Chanderpaul, just as difficult to watch, but with no concern for time, just crease occupation.

9. Jack Russell
I need a wicketkeeper who can bat in a kind of timeless trance, and this fellow did so regularly.

10. Graham Onions
Apparently undismissable when nine wickets are down.

11. Danny Morrison
A four-hour 25 as night-watchman in a Faisalabad Test gives this genial fast bowler the nod.

With this combination for the Big Match, somehow I feel secure.

David Frith is an author, historian, and founding editor of Wisden Cricket Monthly

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Bukhari on October 22, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Ridiculous to say the least. Evry one is jumping for their version of world eleven. Is this selection worthy to its title? Even an average cricket fan can give a better team. Cricinfo is losing a plot by allowing such articles on its website.

  • Biggus on October 22, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Well, with all the complaining about these style and doggedness XIs I'm not looking forward to the release of the All-Time XI. I can imagine the avalanche of nasty comments that will erupt then. One has to put one's emotions to one side and accept that there are differing points of view. I haven't watched any cricket prior to 1972 and so I have to rely on others for an appreciation of the players I was not fortunate enough to see. Some of you have plainly seen a lot less cricket than that. It is pure ego to imagine that nothing of any note occurred until one started watching the game.

  • on October 21, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Really? This list falls short of mark.

    Surely Jason Gillespie over Danny Morrison. He did score a double ton, albeit against Bangladesh. But how many number 9s have scored centuries even at Shield/County level?

    Chanderpaul? I mean he's good, but if you want grit try Allan Border, even over Steve Waugh. I'd replace Boycott with Jack Hobbs or Sutcliffe.

  • on October 21, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    If you want a team to bat for your life I'd look at Bert Sutcliffe especially with his 80* inlcuding 7 6's vs South Africa 2nd test 1953-54. Very few test innings have shown the guts that he displayed in that test. He was batting with bandages wrapped aroud his head. No helmets in those days. You literally were batting for your life at times. He had a test average of 47 then when New Zealand was getting thrashed by one and all - not a lot has changed. His career average was over 40 in tests. I think in todays conditons you could add quite a lot to that. Also 44 tons and a top 1st class score of 385. I'd have to put in my team to save my life. While not wanting to just pick kiwis I'd pick the first John Reid batting at 11 instead of Danny Morrison.

  • srikanth.kvnap on October 21, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    i think this team was all about batting... no mention abt their bowling strength...how do u win a test match without taking 20 wickets???

  • AsherCA on October 21, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Some batsmen whom I would put ahead of Shivnaraine Chandrapaul & Trevor Bailey on this list - Alan Border, Sunil Gavaskar & Javed Miandad. Ask Steve Waugh / Ricky Ponting, they will ask you to add VVS Laxman into the list, maybe ahead of Don as well !

    For those who talk about having bowlers in the 11 to win - Boycot & Chandrapaul will bat for a draw from day 1 itself, they will never have enough runs to win with.

  • NeonSpaceman on October 21, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    surely space for Kallis here? the man is made for this sort of thing.

  • on October 21, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    how can u have chanderpaul n not have dravid :S no logic to the selection

  • on October 21, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    For Cricketchopper: My team not only has batsmen with above 50 average but over 300 as HS and more than 6000 Test runs,more than 20 hundreds. You cannot slog and get 2 scores of over 300. ( Sehwag) Imran khan can qualify as a bowler alone, his average in last half of career was over 50 as a batman. one will definitely score over 300 for life.

  • on October 21, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Huh!, no mention of Miandad, the one guy who would fight it till the cows go home!! Fighting for your life means winning, not just scoring meaningless runs!!

  • Bukhari on October 22, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Ridiculous to say the least. Evry one is jumping for their version of world eleven. Is this selection worthy to its title? Even an average cricket fan can give a better team. Cricinfo is losing a plot by allowing such articles on its website.

  • Biggus on October 22, 2010, 1:29 GMT

    Well, with all the complaining about these style and doggedness XIs I'm not looking forward to the release of the All-Time XI. I can imagine the avalanche of nasty comments that will erupt then. One has to put one's emotions to one side and accept that there are differing points of view. I haven't watched any cricket prior to 1972 and so I have to rely on others for an appreciation of the players I was not fortunate enough to see. Some of you have plainly seen a lot less cricket than that. It is pure ego to imagine that nothing of any note occurred until one started watching the game.

  • on October 21, 2010, 23:06 GMT

    Really? This list falls short of mark.

    Surely Jason Gillespie over Danny Morrison. He did score a double ton, albeit against Bangladesh. But how many number 9s have scored centuries even at Shield/County level?

    Chanderpaul? I mean he's good, but if you want grit try Allan Border, even over Steve Waugh. I'd replace Boycott with Jack Hobbs or Sutcliffe.

  • on October 21, 2010, 21:08 GMT

    If you want a team to bat for your life I'd look at Bert Sutcliffe especially with his 80* inlcuding 7 6's vs South Africa 2nd test 1953-54. Very few test innings have shown the guts that he displayed in that test. He was batting with bandages wrapped aroud his head. No helmets in those days. You literally were batting for your life at times. He had a test average of 47 then when New Zealand was getting thrashed by one and all - not a lot has changed. His career average was over 40 in tests. I think in todays conditons you could add quite a lot to that. Also 44 tons and a top 1st class score of 385. I'd have to put in my team to save my life. While not wanting to just pick kiwis I'd pick the first John Reid batting at 11 instead of Danny Morrison.

  • srikanth.kvnap on October 21, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    i think this team was all about batting... no mention abt their bowling strength...how do u win a test match without taking 20 wickets???

  • AsherCA on October 21, 2010, 20:29 GMT

    Some batsmen whom I would put ahead of Shivnaraine Chandrapaul & Trevor Bailey on this list - Alan Border, Sunil Gavaskar & Javed Miandad. Ask Steve Waugh / Ricky Ponting, they will ask you to add VVS Laxman into the list, maybe ahead of Don as well !

    For those who talk about having bowlers in the 11 to win - Boycot & Chandrapaul will bat for a draw from day 1 itself, they will never have enough runs to win with.

  • NeonSpaceman on October 21, 2010, 19:26 GMT

    surely space for Kallis here? the man is made for this sort of thing.

  • on October 21, 2010, 19:05 GMT

    how can u have chanderpaul n not have dravid :S no logic to the selection

  • on October 21, 2010, 18:49 GMT

    For Cricketchopper: My team not only has batsmen with above 50 average but over 300 as HS and more than 6000 Test runs,more than 20 hundreds. You cannot slog and get 2 scores of over 300. ( Sehwag) Imran khan can qualify as a bowler alone, his average in last half of career was over 50 as a batman. one will definitely score over 300 for life.

  • on October 21, 2010, 18:46 GMT

    Huh!, no mention of Miandad, the one guy who would fight it till the cows go home!! Fighting for your life means winning, not just scoring meaningless runs!!

  • Biophysicist on October 21, 2010, 17:44 GMT

    I can't believe that Graham Onions with less than 10 test matches played to date, with the outstanding (?) record of having faced 97 balls in total over 10 innings merits mention in this list. I think Ishant Sharma faced as many deliveries in a single innings in Mohali. Why not take him? I am sure his bowling will be a bonus even if your main consideration is only to have someone who can block the wicket! Also, I can't understand how you can omit Rahul Dravid who faced most number of balls in test cricket from this team. If memory serves me right, it was none other than Brian Lara who said that he would like Rahul Dravid at the crease if his life depended on it!

  • pxm1969 on October 21, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Steve Waugh has to captain this side. He scored a test hundred on one leg and shear bloody mindedness

  • ShardulJuyal on October 21, 2010, 16:09 GMT

    Where is the Real All time XI???

    Btw Danny Morrison??/ The guy who has the record of most ducks ??

  • DelRibeiro on October 21, 2010, 15:46 GMT

    I picked one of these the day Michael Atherton defied the South African pace attack with his amazing 185*. Here is what I came up with :-

    Hanif Mohammed, G.Boycott, G.A.Headley, A.R.Border, S.R.Waugh (capt), K.Mackay, T.E.Bailey, R.C.Russell (wkt), H.Tayfield, A.V.Bedser, C.A.Walsh

    The bowlers are not selected for their batting dogedness, but for their ability carry their attacks on their shoulders with little support (this happened to the amazingly durable Walsh in his latter career), yet still take wickets. The batsmen were regularly their teams' saviours when all around them collapsed. With this in mind, a subsequent amendment could easily see the inclusion of Andy Flower....

  • on October 21, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    How can this list be complete without Rahul Dravid? An average of 50+ over almost 150 matches which prove that in no way is he just a BLOCKER, and the record of having faced the most number of balls in Tests even though he has not played the most number of test matches ever. He is not called The Wall for nothing.

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:59 GMT

    Don't you need bowlers to win a game as well?

  • Farhan_Khan on October 21, 2010, 12:33 GMT

    i think Hanif Mohammed should have been there. He can put the viewers to sleep.

  • NALINWIJ on October 21, 2010, 8:36 GMT

    NOT A BAD SELECTION OF BATSMEN WHO NOT ONLY OCCUPIED THE CREASE BUT SCORED RUNS TO MINIMISE THE CHANCE OF LOSING. AS FAR AS TAILENDERS GO NO ONE OCCUPIED THE CREASE SCORED RUNS AND SUPPORTED THE OTHER BATSMAN LIKE GILLESPIE. I CANNOT RECALL ANYTHING SIGNIFICANT BY ONIONS EXCEPT BEING LUCKY TO BE NOT OUT.

  • L.Ryan on October 21, 2010, 7:30 GMT

    Steve Waugh has to be included. His legendary mental toughness would serve him very well in this rather high pressure situation.

  • tikna on October 21, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    Since this site is in the mood to make XI`s for fun I`d like to see them make a sledging XI (which ofcourse will be termed much better). For me it will be interesting to note who are the batsmen who make the cut, mind you not just performances but actually talking big and nasty should be considered in it

  • chiefy14 on October 21, 2010, 5:58 GMT

    haha surely marcus north would be in there. somehow he seems to survive fighting for his cricketing life everytime he walks out to bat and somehow he is still there!

  • tikna on October 21, 2010, 5:43 GMT

    I`d put in Jason Gillespi ahead of Morrison, he has batted better then Morisson anytime.

    Also Jimmy Adams could be considered simply because of that torture he gave the Indian fans in one of the tours where he was nick named padams

  • on October 21, 2010, 5:12 GMT

    For me relatively Modern generation players make the cut... I am also considering 'living with pride' rather than 'just living' so winning is surely an option.. so people like Shane warne/Glen McGrath who can bring me back in game even if my Blockers fail...

    Sunil Gavaskar, Geofrey Boycott, Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar,Jack Kallis, Allan Border, Andy Flower, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne, Glen McGrath, Muttiah Muralidharan

  • PakPhenom on October 21, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    Chanderpaul ahead of Steve Waugh is a travesty. And with your backs to the wall, i guess you need The Wall (Rahul Dravid). Viv's comment should also make Javed a certainty. Steve Waugh and Inzamam should also get a mention as the best players batting with the tail. And didn't Saqlain Mushtaq bat for a whole day on more than one occasion coming in at No. 9?

  • MAHESHWARAN.S on October 21, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    YES this can bat for the life

  • Venkatb on October 21, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    I can think of Roger Tolchard (who tortured Indian spectators), Larry Gomes, Rahul Dravid, Hanif Mohammed, Bapu Nadkarni (as a bowler - he could send even batsmen to sleep)

  • Scgboy on October 21, 2010, 1:51 GMT

    amitava0112 not bad at all.

    love how he has Bill Ponsford up there , bloody barnacle if there ever was one. 2 four hundreds , if i am not mistaken.the man could bat for blooody hours.

    surprised he doesn't have a Border, waugh or someone like that, sunny perhaps as well , they were used to fighting rear guard actions to save the team. Dependable as they come.

  • on October 21, 2010, 1:49 GMT

    Surely Jason Gillespie > Graham Onions when it comes to tailenders staying in?

  • zxaar on October 21, 2010, 0:28 GMT

    for the guys who seems to be bothered by inclusion of Tendulkar. Tendulkar would be in any team because no matter how you make cut he always comes at the top. This is team of consistent players. And only bradman has better rate of scoring 100s than sachin. And that is after sachin missing on so many 100s. I think he would have missed at least 30 100s and got out in 90s. Sachin is only batsman who has 7 or 8 150+ scores in ODIs. Even at the age of 37 every innings he goes to bat one feels like he is going to score 100. Top of every format of game for 21 years and still no signs of slowing down. Hands down much much better choices then these Laras, Kallises and dravids. If you take recent few series dravid should have been dropped. Lara played few long innings but can not consistently score. Kallis is consistent but too slow, probably only guy come close to making cut in this list.

  • __PK on October 21, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    No Allan Border? And the very idea that you'd slip Tendulkar in for the same reason as Bradman is ridiculous. Bradman was a one-off and Tendulkar (and everyone else, too) is not even playing the same game.

  • on October 21, 2010, 0:21 GMT

    How Steve Waugh missed out is anyone's guess. I would have thought he'd be captain of this team. Does noone remember his twin hundred in the Ashes?! Or even ODI cricket. His nickname was the Iceman!!

  • shuklatanmay on October 21, 2010, 0:02 GMT

    It's impossible to leave out Sunil Gavaskar. Remember how he scored 36* while carrying his bat through a 60-over contest? Can't be beat.

  • MartinAmber on October 20, 2010, 22:30 GMT

    BackwardOfSquare: absolutely right. We all get what the phrase "play for your life" means without references to the gas chamber. Appalling misjudgment. I read no further.

  • SudySriraman on October 20, 2010, 21:43 GMT

    As usual, Andy Flower gets short shrift - the man averages over 51 and has a legendary reputation for doughtiness. Only Gilchrist and Sangakkara (who does far far better as a batsman without the gloves) can even come close.

    Flower possibly the most glaring omission in the World XI process.

  • Ijaz13 on October 20, 2010, 21:39 GMT

    And okay if you're ruling out blockers then where on earth is Brian Lara?

  • Ijaz13 on October 20, 2010, 21:36 GMT

    Where is Hanif Mohammad? Can someone please explain where the man who could play for days if he wanted is?

  • 2929paul on October 20, 2010, 21:23 GMT

    A lot of people here clearly don't understand what these lists and articles are all about. They are not definitive, they are totally subjective, they are something that gives a starting point for discussion. They should not be taken as gospel and you must not judge someone just because their opinion differs from your own. At the start of this article, Frith asks you to suspend your sense of disbelief. That is what we must do for all these fantasy XIs, since we will never see any of them play together, never know how any of the older timers would have performed in today's conditions, nor for that matter, how today's players would have performed in the old days. For me, Dravid and Gillespie should come in here somewhere but Frith reminds us of the qualities of "Slasher" MacKay, "Barnacle" Bailey and a remarkable innings of Morrison, a walking wicket 90% of the time.

  • ElZoZo on October 20, 2010, 20:50 GMT

    Wow it seems like you guys are taking this world XIi thing a little too seriously. After we were told yesterday that Ishant should be in an all time indian 11 of their 3 best eras, we now have a painful attempt by Firth.

    When you talk about batting for your life, the conversation begins with Steve Waugh (in place of Barrington but batting at 6), followed by Prince Lara (over Chanderpaul - refer to the 153* against Aus), and finally Dravid (over Tendulkar - because we're picking a team to bat for our lives and not playing for personal milestones). These 3 men had the single minded determination which puts them in a different class. They should have totally been in there

  • Blackbush on October 20, 2010, 20:11 GMT

    What about Steve Waugh, Jacques Kallis & Dravid

  • cricketchopper on October 20, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    @David Firth, Dear Sir, remember one thing. Only good batsman can survive a high class bowling for long. A medicore batsman who can bat long against medicore bowlers will get out very early against high class bowling. So we have to select from top class batsman who can bear pressure against high class bowling and who have lesser strike rate. Moreover, a good bowling is also necessary so pressure does not increase on the bating side. It means you have to select top class allrounders also.

  • cricketchopper on October 20, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    @Mohammad Akhlaq - This is what I am saving. Batsmen with average of more than 50, low strike rate and capability to bat in pressure against high class bowling.

    Gavaskar, Hanif, Bradman, Dravid, Jawed, Kallis, Sangakara, Imran, Hadlee,Waseem, Shane Warne

    Good bowling means opposition is not going to score enough runs to put you under great pressure. You know if we play with 11 slow batsman then other team will score 500 hundred in one day and you will have to bat for a lot of time against good bowlers therefore having good bowling is also necessary

  • amitava0112 on October 20, 2010, 18:51 GMT

    Friends...I want to make my play for your life World XI a solid team with quality players as under(& agree with crickethopper to some extent) :Gavaskar, Hanif,Dravid,Kallis,Border,S Waugh(all solid batters with fabulous record in saving games+ Kallis a v good fast bolwing option & S.Waugh fine change bowler-so Miandad misses out),Sangakarra(wk & capable for quality batting for hrs), Ambrose,Garner,Mcgrath & Murli (4 spl bowlers who wud take wkts but give away much lesser runs). Now to counter this team I am naming an exciting WorldXI: Barry Richards, V Sehwag (both wud blaze away at the top),Bradman(any doubts?),Viv richards (can tear apart any attack..wud be interesting duel Vs Ambrose,Garner),Sachin (can change his batting according to situation), Sobers(Autochoice-batting allrounder),Gilchrist(wk & exciting bat),Imran(attacking bowling allrounder),Warne(best attacking spinner + attacking lower order bat),Marshall & Lillee (2 greatest & most aggressive bowlers)..comments pls.

  • 2.14istherunrate on October 20, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    I just woke up from the sleep that this XI had put me into-deep and long. Surely this XI is not only too obdurate but too dull. They might save your life, but your sanity....? Live a little dangerously seems a better option. Just the idea of Chanderpaul, Bialey then McKay then Russell-yugh.I am off to the aesthetic XI again,all those dreamy strokeplayers.

  • on October 20, 2010, 18:19 GMT

    L Hutton Avg 56 Runs 6971 HS 364 Sehwag Avg 53 Runs 7152 HS 319 (twice over 300) Tendulkar Avg 57 Runs 14240 HS 248 Bradman Lara Avg 52 Runs 11953 HS 400 ( twice over 374) Jaywardene Avg 54 Runs 9400 HS 374 Sangakara Avg 56 Runs 8016 HS 287 ( wrong decision) Garry SobersAvg 57 Runs8032 Hs 364 Wkts 235 Avg 35 BB 8/80 Kallis Avg 55 Runs 11126 HS 189 Wts 266 Avg 31 BB 6/54 Imran Khan Avg 37 Runs3807 HS 136 EKTS 362 Avg 22 BB 8/58 Wasim Akram Avg 22 Runs 2898 HS 257 Wkts 414 Avg 23.62 BB 7/119 Botham Avg 33 Runs5200 Hs 208 Wkts383 Avg 28.40 BB 8/34 Viv Richards Avg 50 Runs 8540 HS 291

  • on October 20, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    If I am playing for life then here is a team. all batmen have average over 50 runs over 8000 HS over 300 except Tendulkar but his number of 100 covers that. all have more than 20 100s. Can replace Kallis with Botham if you intend to get the other team out. Viv Richards can be replaced with Wasim akram if you want to bat all 5 days.

    L Hutton Avg 56 Runs 6971 HS 364 Sehwag Avg 53 Runs 7152 HS 319 (twice over 300) Tendulkar Avg 57 Runs 14240 HS 248 Bradman Lara Avg 52 Runs 11953 HS 400 ( twice over 374) Jaywardene Avg 54 Runs 9400 HS 374 Sangakara Avg 56 Runs 8016 HS 287 ( wrong decision) Garry SobersAvg 57 Runs8032 Hs 364 Wkts 235 Avg 35 BB 8/80 Kallis Avg 55 Runs 11126 HS 189 Wts 266 Avg 31 BB 6/54 Imran Khan Avg 37 Runs3807 HS 136 EKTS 362 Avg 22 BB 8/58 Wasim Akram Avg 22 Runs 2898 HS 257 Wkts 414 Avg 23.62 BB 7/119 Botham Avg 33 Runs5200 Hs 208 Wkts383 Avg 28.40 BB 8/34 Viv Richards Avg 50 Runs 8540 HS 291

  • Engle on October 20, 2010, 17:57 GMT

    Hanif Mohammed would make Ken Barrington look like Shahid Afridi

  • on October 20, 2010, 17:38 GMT

    1. Hanif (Batted for 999 mins) 2. Sachin (Yes, as Opener) 3. Don (Avg 99+) 4. Dravid (The Wall) 5. Lara (for scores like 501, 400, etc) 6. Gilly (Best Wicket-Keeper Batsman) 7. Akram (Best Leftie) 8. Ambrose (Best Rightie) 9. Walsh (2nd Best Rightie) 10. Warne (Best Leggie) 11. Murali (Best Offie)

  • on October 20, 2010, 17:37 GMT

    David, No offence, are u trying to kill the test match cricket...do u want bat out 5 days or win the match..if u want to bat out why match...nets are better place.

    -V

  • waspsting on October 20, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    Hanif Mohammed, Bill Lawry, Steve Waugh, maybe Kallis and certainly Dravid all belong in here. bowlers? Toshack, Garner, Ambrose, Mcgrath, Tayfield, Statham... not sure what this team is... but batsmen who can score runs, and drag out time, bowlers who can get wickets, but not concede runs sounds the pitch of it.

  • andrew-schulz on October 20, 2010, 16:30 GMT

    Cross your fingers Boycott goes early, and this side would actually provide some pretty attractive batting. Ponsford was no plodder, Barrington has some six-hitting records, Chanderpaul has played some stunning innings opening in ODIs (and don't forget Sydney 1996). However if you want to preserve your life I'd be talking to the groundsman. This side loses the toss it wouldn't bowl the opposition out in 3 days. They as much as anyone may then succumb to scoreboard pressure.

  • Harrypom on October 20, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Surely we all know David Frith is a respected, serious cricket historian. I don't know if he chose to do this article but give him some credit for his choices and please realise that with several such as Graham Onions he is showing a subtle sense of humour and making fun of his own article theme

  • cricketchopper on October 20, 2010, 15:23 GMT

    To kill the Team of David Firth, my XI is: Gavaskar,Barry Richards,Viv,Lara,Sobers,Gilchrist,Imran,Waseem,Marshal,Warne,Magrah.

    I want to see how team of David Firth faces this bowling line up.

  • NickHughes on October 20, 2010, 15:02 GMT

    Great, 5 English players in the team: This'll be the only team picked that will have that many English players in it... the one where doggedness and survival counts.

  • cricketchopper on October 20, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    We shoould consider following points in mind: 1)Batsmen for this team should be those who have good average, lesser strike rate, ability to face pressure and ability to face high class bowling. The bowlers and wicket keeper should be those with good batting average and ability to face pressure before high class bowling. YOU KNOW IF YOUR OPPOSITION IS UNABLE TO SCORE ENOUGH RUNS, YOU ARE UNDER LESS PRESSURE SO YOUR BOWLING SHOULD ALSO BE STRONG AND ECONOMICAL.

  • mayur07301 on October 20, 2010, 14:42 GMT

    intersting article!you didn't need to be einstein to understand this.This can never be a random selection as far as recent cricketers whose strike rates for test crickets are available is concerned.It's simple. average*100/strike rate. whosoever has this ratio maximum should be selected,because this will give the number of balls played in each innings by a player.Among bowlers there will be 2 things to look at.1)the above ratio2)their economy rates.The more the time required by the opposing teams to score runs more are the chances of not loosing the game.See it pretty easy!

  • cricketchopper on October 20, 2010, 14:33 GMT

    I HEREBY SUBMIT A FAR BETTER TEAM BASED ON FOLLOWING POINTS: 1)Staying long at crease should not be an absolute criteria rather staying long at the creasing when facing class bowling should be criteria. During last 35 years I saw that Gavaskar was able to score at an average of 50 in the bad conditions against best bowlers. His strike rate was also low. Same applies to Jawed Miandad. In the modern era Ponting,Lara,Tendulkar,Dravid,Hyden Kallis etc. all score more than 50 avg. but Dravid and Kallis had lowest strike rate. We cannot include people like Mudassar Nazar because he was too slow but was unable to stay before class bowling. Moreover, when we are selecting bowlers we should select high class allrounders because they are good batsmen too and they have better abilty to stay at crease instead of Dany Morrison or Gillesspi. My team:Gavaskar,HanifMuhammad,Bradman,Jawed,Dravid,Kallis,Sangakara,Imran,Hadlee,Warne,Murli- Note. We have 5 good bowlers so opposition do not score enough

  • Kaze on October 20, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    David Frith consider your life forfeit. My side to take on your side at a 1970s Perth. B Richards, M Hayden, G Headley, IVA Richards, G Chappell, I Khan, A Gilchrist, M Marshall, W Akram, S Warne, D Lillee

  • on October 20, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Not impressed by poetry in motion nor still prose. Bring on the team and this time please do not block the comments are comments are better than the actual articles.

    I read D Firth as historian, please justify Onions as he only has scored 30 runs in total and total wickets are less than a few bowlers have in 2 matches.

  • mrgupta on October 20, 2010, 14:07 GMT

    @jeevan: Pretty interesting XI you got there. I would agree with you on all the players except i want to say that there seem to be too many bowlers in there. Maybe Someone like Imran Khan or Botham at No. 6 in place of, maybe, Holding would have given the sufficient balance to the side. Just imagine 1. Gavaskar 2. Hobbs/Hayden 3. Don 4. Sachin 5. Sobers 6. Imran/Botham 7. Gilly 8. Akram 9. Warne 10. Murli 11. Mcgrath. A really formidable XI in all departments.

  • KnightRiderX on October 20, 2010, 13:39 GMT

    to anurag: ishant? huh? his batting is terrible. just because he batted decently against australia at mohali with v v s doesn't make him some great shakes :)

  • on October 20, 2010, 13:13 GMT

    Where on earth is kallis and Dravid?Not a good article in my opinion.

  • AmmarRajar on October 20, 2010, 13:09 GMT

    Finally...someone made Indians happy....Sachin tendulkar in the team.... Graham onions in the team???its a joke.....

  • SridharSampath on October 20, 2010, 12:53 GMT

    Pretty ordinary selection. I would certainly have Javed Miandad, Allan Border & Steve Waugh in place of Tendulkar (hey, I know he is among the greatest but this is about life & death) Morrison & Onions.

  • on October 20, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    With this team combination, the team would hardly win a test. What a primitive selection. Chanderpaul is eligible coz he could bat over 1000 minutes???ROFL.. Then he has Boycott as well.. With their batting rates the team would at maximum would draw a test match. The importance is not how long the batsman could hang on but how long he can hang on while converging the team to victory.

  • jonesy2 on October 20, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    is this a joke? seriously this must be a joke?

  • Vindaliew on October 20, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I would have put Javed Miandad in that list. He always gave the impression of someone who could stay on and annoy even when he wasn't quite in form.

  • on October 20, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    Sorry but if we talking about STAY AT THE CREASE batsmen/Bowlers.... no list is complete without Border, Rahul Dravid, Jimmy Adams and Jason Gillepsie

  • jeevan on October 20, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    How about a Perfect World XI, which has the players for all types of pitches, conditions and match situations: 1.GAVASKAR - right hand steady bat 2.HAYDEN - left hand bat who can score quickly agaist pace and spin 3.BRADMAN - explanation not needed 4.TENDULKAR - explanation not needed 5.SOBERS - true allrounder, can bowl either left arm spin or seam 6.GILCHRIST - wkt keeper can bat according to situation 7.AKRAM - left arm fast swing bowler 8.WARNE - leg spin 9.MURALI - off spin 10.HOLDING - right arm fast 11.McGRATH - right arm fast medium

  • anant_gupta on October 20, 2010, 12:17 GMT

    One of the worst selections. These all may be good players but there are far better players than these. Selecting Sachin over Dravid/Kallis/Steve Waugh is pure comedy. Sachin is no stonewaller like others.

    And as others have mentioned Jason Gillispe is a much better choice as fast bowler

    Just 2 bowlers? Why have any bowlers at all! I get the feeling these articles are there just to make the wait for World XI seem shorter. But if you are going to pick any team, at least do it seriously and not present crap

  • CricketPissek on October 20, 2010, 12:14 GMT

    Sachin would choke if it's a do-or-die match (cat, pigeon, throw)

  • jazzaaaaaaaa on October 20, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    No 'Bat for your life' lists are legit without Steve Waugh and Allan Border!

  • on October 20, 2010, 11:55 GMT

    Frith Seems to have lost his ONIONS!!!Danny Morrison Has The Record For Most Ducks If I Havent Lost Mine!!!

  • sandy_bangalore on October 20, 2010, 11:46 GMT

    Amusing to see people crying out hoarse for Dravid,Sehwag,Waugh etc.(Esp clowns like Capitalist_Cricketer). Guys, cricket has been around since the late 19th century, and matches werent officialised only in the 90''s. There were countless matches played before, and many hundreds have represented their country and performed some giant acts. You guys would have started following the game somewhere in 90s, and this list is an ALL TIME one. The writer is an historain, and someone who has been around for far longer than you have, and knows hell more than you do. I bet you havent even watched 80 pc of those cricketers listed!!

  • fadooo on October 20, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    No Javed Miandad !? The guy about whom sir viv richards said that if there was one batsman he would send out to bat for his life, it would be javed miandad ! Weirdest selections yet in this really ridiculous series.

  • on October 20, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    Dravid deserves a place here!

  • RogerC on October 20, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    Chris Tavare in place of Don Bradman. Steve Waugh in place of Tendulkar. Other worthy candidates are Mudassar Nassar, Allan Border, Larry Gomes, Hanif Mohammed and Sunil Gavaskar.

  • D.V.C. on October 20, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Jason Gillespie. The only Nightwatchman capable of batting through three nights.

  • theswami on October 20, 2010, 11:08 GMT

    Lara should be in the middle order .. 501, 400, 375, etc ... JN Gillespie the best no.10 ... may make a double-century for allyopu know Wasim Akram regularly scored centuries & also a double .. batting @ 8 ... if Akram is there he will need his sidekick Saqlain for support ... a half century of 300 balls .. he's your man ...another similar pair could be Kapil Dev & Syed Kirmani at no.7 & 9 respectively ...

  • SirWilliam on October 20, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Relax everybody. It's only a bit of fun!

  • harshthakor on October 20, 2010, 10:37 GMT

    How could you leave out Javed Miandad and Allan Border?They were the ultimate to bat for your life,when the chips were down.They could master any conditions whether seamer friendly,turning or having uneven bounce.Similarly,Ian Chappell was in his era the best batsman in a crisis,better than brother Greg or Viv and Barry Richards.Overall,they were unselfish batsman,unlike Geoff Boycott.Boycott often neglected his team's interests.I would rather have had Hutton or Gavaskar in his place,who were technically brilliant and could play marathon knocks as proven by their performances.

  • synergy on October 20, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    Ridiculous sellection. I woder how come JN Gillespie is not in the team. He was a much better bowler when compared with Danny Morrison. Gillespie batted for 574 mins as night watchman against Bangladesh at Chittagong in 2006 and also scored 201 without being dismissed, I think the he should should have been an automatic choice.

  • anurag23bhide on October 20, 2010, 9:19 GMT

    no gavaskar no dravid??? these 2 are the first that come to mind for any indian.

    how about ishant sharma, particularly if the opposition is australia...and vvs laxman

  • damp on October 20, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    Come on...how can u miss out Jimmy Adams....he could be out there even without a bat! I'm sure nobody else in the world have played with the pads as much as he did.

  • on October 20, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    where is rahul dravid,jaques kallis

  • on October 20, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    you've just selected players on their batting/crease occupancy. no bowlers?

  • CricketMaan on October 20, 2010, 8:58 GMT

    II'm sure you have Danny and Oninons for pun..seriously...i hope that you did not include Sach and Don for pun..

  • nzcricket174 on October 20, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    I forgot to say something. Did you forget how many ducks Danny Morrison has? Haha! I would rather have Ewan Chatfeld in there.

  • nzcricket174 on October 20, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    This is an hilarious XI. Great picks my friend. The only problem you would face with this XI is that Day 2 would be in the final session and you would only have 300 runs on the board.

  • pom_basher on October 20, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    this is becoming a joke now... you have to add Bradman and Tendulkar just for the sake of it. But you leave out the straightest bat in the game in SMG!!!

  • Capitalist_Cricketer on October 20, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    No Dravid or Sehwag ? One called the wall and other who can make test runs at 20-20 pace and that too double and triple centuries ? surely we need to concentrate on entire world as opposed to just ENG-AUS , Where is Gavaskar or even Steve Waugh ? will not let this above list spoil my day..Grrr

  • spin_king4 on October 20, 2010, 8:18 GMT

    how is dravid not in a team to batt for your life...and im an australian, i mean he is a batsmen that would not just budge

  • on October 20, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    this team needs Gillespie, Steve Waugh, Dravid, and i'd even vote for Kallis too

  • KAIRAVA on October 20, 2010, 8:17 GMT

    How about Jason Gillespie in place of Danny Morrison? Morrison had around 25 ducks while Gillespie the nightwatchman managed a double hundred on sub-continent!!

  • on October 20, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    No Dravid, hows that Umpire

  • sanzo5 on October 20, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    nice team.... good to to see chander paul in the team... i would have loved to see ravi shastri here.... he bats for long time as well....

  • omairhr on October 20, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    This is getting absurd. Would this bowling ever get 'those sinister opponents out'? twice? Maybe this team can survive English or Australian domestic teams but c'mon, this is supposed to be a world XI!

    No Dravid? We only got guys who 'proved' themselves in English or Oz domestic circuit?

  • janks on October 20, 2010, 7:45 GMT

    I'll take Steve Waugh please.

  • anikbrad on October 20, 2010, 7:39 GMT

    BOGUS AND RUBBISH TEAM . Steve Waugh as adogged player and to rise above in difficult condition he was better than bradman and sachin if steve would have played bodyline he would have scored bttter than his normal avg as this needed challange. then insteread of any bowler then name of Gillepise as dogged fighter is best among bowlers and aslo Kumble as bowler he bowled in WI with broken jaw strapped and even took laras wkt if that is not dogged and stubborn charector then I am better batsman than Bradman. Any comment all teams by jury was ok but since some of their childhood heros was not getting into the tean they formed the team- with macket , baily, russel orions. even as wicket keeper I will take Mion Khan as a street fighter and will fight with one hand

  • on October 20, 2010, 7:38 GMT

    Y DID U LEFT JASON GILLESPIE WHO BATTED ALMOST 2 DAYS WITHOUT GETTING OUT AS A NIGHT WATCHMAN?

  • on October 20, 2010, 7:37 GMT

    hahahahaha !!! i laughed my heart out Sachin Tendulkar : refer DG Bradman above........

  • Noman_Yousuf_Dandore on October 20, 2010, 7:33 GMT

    Oh Common David, how could you leave Hanif Mohammad and Mudassar Nazar out. Javed Miandad should be considered as well, given that the great Viv Richards said that if he had to pick someone to bat for his life, it would be Javed Miandad, now that is some certification, also note his ability to master the spin bowling. Plus Sunny Gavaskar could be considered too, especially if your team were facing the Windies of 70s and 80s. Sachin is a great batsman, but to bat for your life, I don't think so, rather consider Dravid, Laxman, or Jaywerdena.

  • Boris72 on October 20, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    I would be adding Sunil Gavaskar. As an Australian I hated him for it, but he too fell into a trance and just batted with disregard to what was happening. He would be a better choice than Tendulkar IMO for this, Tendulkar scores runs but likes to get out early as well.

  • on October 20, 2010, 7:24 GMT

    hmmmm. Danny Morrison, who got out for a duck in about half of his matches. Not sure that I want him batting for my life. I'd probably go for bowlers that are have managed to bowl their team to a draw. Perhaps Ashley Giles, Jason Gillespie, Heath Streak (bowl it outside off son) and Chris Pringle (who will forget that maiden in the final over when Australia needed 2 to win). I'd also probably go for Kallis rather than Tendalkur, as he scores about as many runs, but takes a lot longer to do it.

  • on October 20, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Steve Waugh would also be someone who would meet this criterium.

  • 9ST9 on October 20, 2010, 6:57 GMT

    " otherwise you'd never get those sinister opponents out" well you are hardly going to get anyone out with this kind of bowling line up

  • unregisteredalien on October 20, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    Looking at the criteria applied to some of the selected players, I am a little surprised to see the absence of SR Waugh - long viewed as the batsman any Australian would want playing for his/her life - and J Gillespie - the most dogged nightwatchman known to cricket. Of course this is an Australian perspective and I pass no comment on those who missed out from other nations.

  • UltimateCricExpert on October 20, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    Where is Rahul Dravid. OMG. I never thought of selecting any XI with this BLOCKERS criteria but if you are doing that Dravid should bat No.3 position. I don't mind even if you remove Don & Sachin from this list.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 20, 2010, 6:36 GMT

    Lillee, Holding, Marshall, Garner, Warne, Murali, would be my choice of bowlers to dislodge any batsman and win a match. The batsmen would be Gavaskar, Boycott, Bradman, Sobers, Sangakkara (w/k) to make the runs against any opposition on any ground in any country.

  • Jakkals on October 20, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    Sorry sir, but if I have to pick a team to play for my life, I would pick Jacques Kallis four times. Obviously you would have Bradman and Tendulkar, but you also cannot have a team like this without Kallis!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on October 20, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Great selections! I would feel confident too. Just want to throw a couple more names out there, Mark Richardson and Jason Gillespie. Both famously undismissable! Billy Lawry and Chris Tavare certainly wouldn't look out of place either

  • dunrootin on October 20, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Can't really argue with the list but will throw in Sid Barnes Len hutton and Herbert Sutcliffe as suggestions for worthy consideration

  • BackwardOfSquare on October 20, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    Mr Frith and Cricinfo Talking about gas chambers while indulging in a light-hearted exercise in fantasy cricket is just tasteless. Think about it.

  • on October 20, 2010, 6:21 GMT

    what type of jury are they? 1st ian and now firth. cricket world produced great 1st blowers and this select pacer like onions and morrison. what a comedy this is. except bradman and tendulkar all selection is controversial and all those nine are not world best by any means.

  • on October 20, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    wheres dravid,s waugh,gillespie,hoggard

  • CricFan78 on October 20, 2010, 6:09 GMT

    Where is the wall? Dravid needs to be there for sure ahead of Chanders

  • on October 20, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Not sure about Danny Morrison - he held the world record for test ducks, and although he could pull the odd one out, I wouldn't be betting my life on it!

  • on October 20, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    This is just stupid. Graham Onions has only faced 97 balls in test cricket. If you want to put in the ultimate defensive tailender and nightwatchman then you can't go past Jason Gillespie - who could also make runs too. 3 first class 100s, a test 200 off over 400 balls. Where is Rahul Dravid? Someone like Stephen Waugh, also very dogged and hard to dismiss.

  • manasvi_lingam on October 20, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    If you wanted bowlers who could stonewall, I would rather have someone like Anil Kumble who could hang around for many, many balls without getting out. There are quite a few others as well. This bowling attack is incredibly weak and it would probably take 12-13 wickets per Test instead of 20.

  • My-Name-A-Borat on October 20, 2010, 5:30 GMT

    i wonder where's allan border

  • vilas on October 20, 2010, 5:26 GMT

    Hmm, no steve waugh? I find his omission a tad surprising if you ask me.

  • on October 20, 2010, 5:24 GMT

    How could this list have Sachin Tendulkar at the expense of Rahul Dravid or Brian Lara?

  • on October 20, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    Hey u have left out the gr8 Steve Waugh ! None better to bat for your life !

  • Indyman on October 20, 2010, 5:18 GMT

    How about Allan Border? Fast bowling, slow bowling, home or away, the guy could blunt any attack anywhere in the world and faced better bowlers than Shiv Chaunderpaul - What about Athers, Kallis or Steve Waugh or VVS Laxman?

  • sbansban on October 20, 2010, 5:13 GMT

    CricInfo, with endless teaser XI's like these, you are not building up the suspense for the final ATWXI - you're just making us sick and tired of waiting for the real thing!!! Give us a date NOW - or else...

  • matthewthorpe on October 20, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    where is allan border? if i wanted anyone to bat for my life it would only be captain grumpy

  • cricketchopper on October 20, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    Viv Richards once said that he would like Jawed Miandad to bate for his life. Where is Jawed Miandad?

  • Dashgar on October 20, 2010, 4:53 GMT

    How can you have a play for your life 11 without Steve Waugh

  • redneck on October 20, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    no border? if i had to pick someone to go to war with or to bat for my life, AB would be my pick hands down. however not sure who he would displace on the above list, but hes hard as nails and when the goings tuff AB's in his element!

  • DKan on October 20, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    No Dravid either ?? He has batted the most number of minutes and balls according to StatsGuru !! Kallis, Border, Atherton etc have ballsfaced/per inns ratio higher than 100. Tendulkar is only 93. Though agree, Sachin in his current form is immovable.

  • Hoggy_1989 on October 20, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    Finally a team to appease then Tendulkar fanboys...surely that'll make them happy. As to the balance of the team, there doesn't appear to be an absolute frontline spinner. 4 quicks that could do the job, sure...but you always need a spinner. According to his stats Ken Barrington could bowl a few leg spinners (and not being anywhere near old enough to see him at his prime), but is he a frontliner, or just someone who could tie up an end?

  • on October 20, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Hanif Muhammad? Remember his game saving triple century against the greatest team at the time the west indies? One of the longest innings ever played?

    I know its easy to forget a Pakistani!

  • graebags on October 20, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    If you're looking for an obstinant fast bowler, you can't go past Jason Gillespie, he of double-century doggedness!

  • ArkaDada on October 20, 2010, 4:14 GMT

    I cannot comment on all the players in the list coz I have never watched Mackay or Bailey or Ponsford or Barrington in action (Bradman is something else). From the players that I have watched, I would like to mention Derek Randall, Jimmy Adams, Jason Gillespie, Larry Gomes. Akash Chopra also showed in Down Under series how to bat for hours without scoring fifty. Nowadays Ishant Sharma as a tailender seems undismissable.

  • DKan on October 20, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    No Gillespie ?? How does that come about ?

  • on October 20, 2010, 4:03 GMT

    where are allan border and steve waugh? one of them anyday for me instead of sachin tendulkar. the only instances of sachin tendulkar saving test matches for india have been when there were genuine chance of 4 innings run chase.

  • Biggus on October 20, 2010, 3:47 GMT

    Alan Border must be unlucky to miss out. If he failed it certainly would not be from lack of trying or a frivolous attitude. Boy, there's some stodgy old buggers in that lot but barnacle Bailey would perhaps have to take the cake.

  • Phaninc on October 20, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Guess we are missing Steve Waugh here.

  • on October 20, 2010, 3:42 GMT

    I'm shattered - Graham Onions chosen over Jason Gillespie? The man scored a double century against Bangladesh, and was one of the most brilliant players of the stolid, lengthy, stubborn innings I've ever seen.

    Plus, I hear he was an okay bowler...

  • on October 20, 2010, 3:38 GMT

    Hannif Mohammed? Rahul Dravid?

  • grunged on October 20, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    I think Rahul Dravid deserves a place here somewhere..In front of Shiv perhaps..

  • Vivek.Bhandari on October 20, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    hey David...why only batsmen are included...?? there're bowlers as well who can rise your team when you're down in the dumps...Ambrose, Wasim, Warne to name a few...Or is this list dedicated only for their batting abilities...??

    BTW, I'm loving these interesting XIs...make one for difficult wickets as well...n another one for 'Ugly but effective' players...

  • Meety on October 20, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Interesting choices - Danny Morrison & Graham Onions? My Oz bias is coming out - I would have Alan Border & Dizzy Gillespie in there somewhere! Can you do up a Chokers XI please?

  • canno on October 20, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    but why not gilchrist in place of jack russell & shaun pollock in place of onions

    swann in place of danny

  • on October 20, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Good job Mr. Frith! I personally feel Bradman & Sachin should be there in every format of All time XI. Thanks for mentioning them.

    @Cricinfo where is your all time XI?? It's already Oct 20, you promised that you will publish by Oct 18 or 19.

  • alexlt on October 20, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Surely Hanif Mohammad would have to make this team. Trevor Bailey was certainly one of the most boring batsman ever, but batting for your life is something a little different. I would have picked a more talented, if a little less obstinate player. Maybe Dravid, he has faced more balls than anyone else in test cricket. Not sure about Onions either...

  • WithDueRespect on October 20, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Jason Gillespie, Rahul Dravid, Jacues Kallis

  • canno on October 20, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    how can pick jack russell whewn u adam gilchrist

    i think this world11 cant win a single match even with zimbabwe........

    simply bcoz 2 bowlers cant take 20 wickets

  • kirksland on October 20, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Can anyone state definitively when the cricinfo 11 will be named?

  • soorajiyer on October 20, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    Sunil gavaskar - Dont think we can leave this man out as well?

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  • soorajiyer on October 20, 2010, 3:08 GMT

    Sunil gavaskar - Dont think we can leave this man out as well?

  • kirksland on October 20, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Can anyone state definitively when the cricinfo 11 will be named?

  • canno on October 20, 2010, 3:12 GMT

    how can pick jack russell whewn u adam gilchrist

    i think this world11 cant win a single match even with zimbabwe........

    simply bcoz 2 bowlers cant take 20 wickets

  • WithDueRespect on October 20, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    Jason Gillespie, Rahul Dravid, Jacues Kallis

  • alexlt on October 20, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Surely Hanif Mohammad would have to make this team. Trevor Bailey was certainly one of the most boring batsman ever, but batting for your life is something a little different. I would have picked a more talented, if a little less obstinate player. Maybe Dravid, he has faced more balls than anyone else in test cricket. Not sure about Onions either...

  • on October 20, 2010, 3:26 GMT

    Good job Mr. Frith! I personally feel Bradman & Sachin should be there in every format of All time XI. Thanks for mentioning them.

    @Cricinfo where is your all time XI?? It's already Oct 20, you promised that you will publish by Oct 18 or 19.

  • canno on October 20, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    but why not gilchrist in place of jack russell & shaun pollock in place of onions

    swann in place of danny

  • Meety on October 20, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    Interesting choices - Danny Morrison & Graham Onions? My Oz bias is coming out - I would have Alan Border & Dizzy Gillespie in there somewhere! Can you do up a Chokers XI please?

  • Vivek.Bhandari on October 20, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    hey David...why only batsmen are included...?? there're bowlers as well who can rise your team when you're down in the dumps...Ambrose, Wasim, Warne to name a few...Or is this list dedicated only for their batting abilities...??

    BTW, I'm loving these interesting XIs...make one for difficult wickets as well...n another one for 'Ugly but effective' players...

  • grunged on October 20, 2010, 3:35 GMT

    I think Rahul Dravid deserves a place here somewhere..In front of Shiv perhaps..