December 17, 2010

Aussies tip the scales

The only current player the readers' put their faith in was Ricky Ponting
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Ricky Ponting has not had a whole lot to smile about in recent weeks, with his captaincy under scrutiny and his team under the cosh following England's innings victory in the second Test at Adelaide. However, he has received a timely vote of confidence from the cricket-watching public, after being named as the only active player in ESPNcricinfo's Readers' Ashes XI.

The poll, which was run in conjunction with ESPN Classic and conducted over the course of the first two Tests, reveals a formidable team containing eight Australians and only three Englishmen, a state of affairs that reflects the traditional balance of power in the Ashes, as opposed to the improbable dominance that the Poms are exerting in the current series.

Ponting has played a part in each of the last eight Ashes series, starting with a century at Headingley in his first appearance against England in 1997. To date he has made 2433 runs in 33 Tests against England, at an average of 46.78, and while he is in danger of becoming the first Australian in 120 years to captain his team in three losing Ashes campaigns, he is also sure to be remembered as the man who led Australia to a crushing 5-0 whitewash in the 2006-07 series.

After all, Ponting is one of five players named in the readers' XI who took part in that campaign, the others being Matthew Hayden, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist and of course Shane Warne, who pooled more votes than even Don Bradman, and who, even at the age of 41, would be a shoo-in to the current Australian team, judging by the recent media clamour for his recall.

Bradman, inevitably, has been chosen to bat at No. 3, having amassed an Ashes record 5028 runs at 89.78 in his 37 Tests between 1928 and 1948. His tally of 19 Ashes hundreds is seven more than the next most prolific man on the list, Jack Hobbs, who edged out Len Hutton as Hayden's opening partner in the combined XI. The last out-and-out batsman in the team is Steve Waugh, whose flinty-eyed approach epitomised Australia's era of dominance in the 1990s and early 2000s, and who nudged Allan Border and Wally Hammond out of the reckoning.

There was never any doubt which of the many Ashes allrounders would find his way into this team, however. Despite strong challenges from Keith Miller and Andrew Flintoff, there was no way to ignore Ian Botham's reputation as Australia's public enemy No. 1. Four of his 14 Test hundreds came against the Aussies, as well as 148 of his 383 wickets, an Ashes tally that is exceeded by just three players, none of them English.

Warne, inevitably, is one of those players with 195 Pommie scalps. The other two are Dennis Lillee (167) and Glenn McGrath (157), and sure enough, both men make the final XI. The other quick bowler, and a man who would accept the role of first-change over his dead body, is none other than fiery Fred Trueman, the third and final English representative.

Though Trueman claimed only 79 Ashes wickets in 19 appearances, and missed out on England's triumphant tour of Australia in 1954-55, his self-proclaimed reputation as the "finest fast bowler that ever drew breath" clearly resonated with the voting public, who edged him into the team ahead of Sydney Barnes, Harold Larwood and Bob Willis, to name but a few.

The XI
1 Jack Hobbs, 2 Matthew Hayden, 3 Don Bradman, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Steve Waugh, 6 Ian Botham, 7 Adam Gilchrist (wk), 8 Shane Warne, 9 Glenn McGrath, 10 Dennis Lillee, 11 Fred Trueman.

Nominees

Openers Arthur Morris, Bill Woodfull, Mark Taylor, Bill Ponsford, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Bill Lawry, Bob Simpson, Victor Trumper, Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Herbert Sutcliffe, Geoffrey Boycott, Mike Brearley, Graham Gooch, Mike Atherton, Michael Vaughan.

Middle order Don Bradman, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting, Stan McCabe, David Boon, Charles Macartney, Neil Harvey, Mark Waugh, Wally Hammond, Frank Wooley, Colin Cowdrey, Ted Dexter, Kevin Pietersen, Ken Barrington, Stanley Jackson, Peter May, David Gower, Denis Compton.

Allrounders Warwick Armstrong, Monty Noble, Jack Gregory, Keith Miller, Richie Benaud, Tony Greig, Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff.

Wicketkeepers Rod Marsh, Jack Blackham, Don Tallon, Adam Gilchrist, Bert Oldfield, Ian Healy, Alan Knott, Bob Taylor, Alec Stewart, Jack Russell, Les Ames.

Bowlers Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Dennis Lillee, Ian Botham, Fred Trueman, Jim Laker, Sydney Barnes, Harold Larwood, Brett Lee, Bob Willis, Darren Gough, Derek Underwood, Bill O'Reilly, Ray Lindwall, Alec Bedser, Jason Gillespie, Frank Tyson, John Snow, Frederick Spofforth, Alan Davidson, Craig McDermott, Hugh Trumble, Clarrie Grimmett, Bert Ironmonger, Wilfred Rhodes, Hedley Verity, Charlie Turner, Garth McKenzie, Ted McDonald, Brian Statham.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of Cricinfo.

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  • on December 18, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Mathew Hayden?? Ha Ha Ha. He would have lasted 2 balls facing up to Lillee and Trueman, and that too because he would have been beaten on the first one!

  • on December 18, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    My Ashes XI: Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Steve Waugh (c), Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Fred Trueman, Dennis Lillee, Glen McGrath

  • ShAh00 on December 18, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Hmmmm....... Good, But I would Like to Add ALLAN BORDER from Middle Order to Replace with HAYDEN in Opening Slot. And for those people, who are critic of PONTING Selection, just dont look at the last 3 years or so, Ponting has served Australian Cricket for a long period of time. And to be honest, Although, I am a big Fan of PONTING, I am also amazed to see his selection after seeing many big names in Middle Order. Anyways, 81/5... Go Aussies Go !!! and Next Match.... As per stats & observing this batsman over the years.... My Prediction.. You all are going to witness a Classy 100 from Mr. Ponting in next Match !!!

  • camflint on December 18, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    A devastating XI. Nigh on impossible to please all-comers, but this list would come close. Personally, I would make a couple of changes... Hayden out for Hutton, and Ponting out for Border.

    My Ashes XI: 1. Hobbs 2. Hutton 3. Bradman 4. S Waugh 5. Border 6. Botham 7. Gilchrist 8. Warne 9. Lillee 10. Trueman 11. McGrath

    A bit harsh not to have a place for the likes of Wally Hammond, Ricky Ponting, Keith Miller and Ray Lindwall... but imagine how good the second XI would be! Also, where the hell is Terry Alderman? How can he not even be on the list of nominees... the guy took 41 wickets during the '89 series!?! Brett Lee and Craig McDermott make the short list but no Alderman? Sacrilege.

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on December 18, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Not convinced that's the Best Ashes XI. While I agree with the Bowling XI, not convinced this is the Best Batting XI. A More Potent XI would be

    Victor Trumper Jack Hobbs Don Bradman Wally Hammond Greg Chappell Keith Miller Adam Gilchrist Shane Warne Denniss Lillee Fred Trueman Glenn McGrath

    An interesting take would be to form an alternative second XI to Challenge the Cricinfo XI

    Victor Trumper Len Hutton Wally Hammond Greg Chappell Kevin Pietersen Keith Miller Alan Knott Bill O'Reilly Sydney Barnes Fred 'Demon' Spofforth Frank Tyson

  • Aussasinator on December 18, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh should make way for Greg Chappel and Kevin Pietersen. Not in an all time XI please.

  • onehorsetown on December 18, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Bit harsh on Vaughany, flayed the best modern side and two of the best bowlers in history around all grounds on all occasions, and skippered England to we-all-know-what.

  • on December 17, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    We can even have a equally competitive 2nd XI from this

  • amitava0112 on December 17, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Well, quite a few suprises in selection..Hayden comes in & Hutton-one of best ever openers does not find a place !!!.Cant imagine an Ashes team w/o Allan Border who was exceptional in Ashes showdowns..My team with reasons: Hobbs,Hutton(2 best ever openers in ckt history apart from Gavaskar/B Richards),Bradman(Ponting loses out here-no3),Greg Chappell(hot contest with Hammond-Chappell played better bwling attacks in 70-80s so just about gets in),Border(S.Waugh edged out as Border was simply the better player),Botham(Miller,Flintoff missesout),Gilly(edges out Healy,Knott & Marsh due to his impact as a batter),Warne(no contest-Orielly & Grimmet can come close),Lillee,Trueman(both better choices than Lindwall,Statham,Larwood) & McGrath(a supreme success in an era of batting domination-well above Mckenzie,Thommo,Willis)...comments pls

  • on December 17, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    I would take Dennis Lille out for Freddie Flintoff. Flintoff could bat as well!

  • on December 18, 2010, 23:15 GMT

    Mathew Hayden?? Ha Ha Ha. He would have lasted 2 balls facing up to Lillee and Trueman, and that too because he would have been beaten on the first one!

  • on December 18, 2010, 14:34 GMT

    My Ashes XI: Jack Hobbs, Len Hutton, Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Steve Waugh (c), Ian Botham, Adam Gilchrist, Shane Warne, Fred Trueman, Dennis Lillee, Glen McGrath

  • ShAh00 on December 18, 2010, 12:35 GMT

    Hmmmm....... Good, But I would Like to Add ALLAN BORDER from Middle Order to Replace with HAYDEN in Opening Slot. And for those people, who are critic of PONTING Selection, just dont look at the last 3 years or so, Ponting has served Australian Cricket for a long period of time. And to be honest, Although, I am a big Fan of PONTING, I am also amazed to see his selection after seeing many big names in Middle Order. Anyways, 81/5... Go Aussies Go !!! and Next Match.... As per stats & observing this batsman over the years.... My Prediction.. You all are going to witness a Classy 100 from Mr. Ponting in next Match !!!

  • camflint on December 18, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    A devastating XI. Nigh on impossible to please all-comers, but this list would come close. Personally, I would make a couple of changes... Hayden out for Hutton, and Ponting out for Border.

    My Ashes XI: 1. Hobbs 2. Hutton 3. Bradman 4. S Waugh 5. Border 6. Botham 7. Gilchrist 8. Warne 9. Lillee 10. Trueman 11. McGrath

    A bit harsh not to have a place for the likes of Wally Hammond, Ricky Ponting, Keith Miller and Ray Lindwall... but imagine how good the second XI would be! Also, where the hell is Terry Alderman? How can he not even be on the list of nominees... the guy took 41 wickets during the '89 series!?! Brett Lee and Craig McDermott make the short list but no Alderman? Sacrilege.

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on December 18, 2010, 11:38 GMT

    Not convinced that's the Best Ashes XI. While I agree with the Bowling XI, not convinced this is the Best Batting XI. A More Potent XI would be

    Victor Trumper Jack Hobbs Don Bradman Wally Hammond Greg Chappell Keith Miller Adam Gilchrist Shane Warne Denniss Lillee Fred Trueman Glenn McGrath

    An interesting take would be to form an alternative second XI to Challenge the Cricinfo XI

    Victor Trumper Len Hutton Wally Hammond Greg Chappell Kevin Pietersen Keith Miller Alan Knott Bill O'Reilly Sydney Barnes Fred 'Demon' Spofforth Frank Tyson

  • Aussasinator on December 18, 2010, 8:48 GMT

    Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh should make way for Greg Chappel and Kevin Pietersen. Not in an all time XI please.

  • onehorsetown on December 18, 2010, 1:13 GMT

    Bit harsh on Vaughany, flayed the best modern side and two of the best bowlers in history around all grounds on all occasions, and skippered England to we-all-know-what.

  • on December 17, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    We can even have a equally competitive 2nd XI from this

  • amitava0112 on December 17, 2010, 19:42 GMT

    Well, quite a few suprises in selection..Hayden comes in & Hutton-one of best ever openers does not find a place !!!.Cant imagine an Ashes team w/o Allan Border who was exceptional in Ashes showdowns..My team with reasons: Hobbs,Hutton(2 best ever openers in ckt history apart from Gavaskar/B Richards),Bradman(Ponting loses out here-no3),Greg Chappell(hot contest with Hammond-Chappell played better bwling attacks in 70-80s so just about gets in),Border(S.Waugh edged out as Border was simply the better player),Botham(Miller,Flintoff missesout),Gilly(edges out Healy,Knott & Marsh due to his impact as a batter),Warne(no contest-Orielly & Grimmet can come close),Lillee,Trueman(both better choices than Lindwall,Statham,Larwood) & McGrath(a supreme success in an era of batting domination-well above Mckenzie,Thommo,Willis)...comments pls

  • on December 17, 2010, 18:47 GMT

    I would take Dennis Lille out for Freddie Flintoff. Flintoff could bat as well!

  • on December 17, 2010, 17:29 GMT

    I don't believe Gilchrist was the best keeper of those nominated, and you don't need his batting skills too much with a line-up like that. I don't know most of those listed, but Knott was a better keeper than Gilchrist.

    Also, that team would be astounding on Aussie pitches, but marginally less so on English pitches. For a series in England I would drop Ponting and bring in Hammond, and replace Hayden with Hutton.

  • piyavi on December 17, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    My Dream Ashes XI: Jack Hobbs,Len Hutton,Don Bradman,Wally Hammond,Ken Barrington,Ian Healy,Shane Warne,Jim Laker,Fred Trueman,Dennis Lillee,Glenn McGrath Perhaps the biggest surprise in my Ashes XI threw up is Ian Healy. His selection may have caused lot of heartburn to Gilchrist, Knott fans. Healy wasn't a very classy batsman but he was keeping expertly to the quicks, and predominantly his signature will always be his work standing over the stumps to Shane Warne, which elevated a prosaic business into a breathtaking spectacle. Always in my all time XI's keeping and spirit beats batting to the wicket keeper's spot. All rounder Ian Botham was narrowly edged out with the presence of five key batsmen and five key bowlers in the team. But as a coincident great batsman Hammond could bowl right arm fast medium, and Barrington could bowl leg break too. So they could make an accompany with the key bowlers in case.

  • 2.14istherunrate on December 17, 2010, 16:52 GMT

    How can they dare to put 3 Englishmen into this Ashes 11.? Surely only Australians should be in this...joke. This is just another wackoff by Australians.Waste of space.

  • Kaze on December 17, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Ponting out Border in Waught at 4 Border at 5.

  • NALINWIJ on December 17, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Eventhough Ponting is the only current player 8 of the 11 have played in the last 30 years and hence the selection bias of the readers and a comparison between an expert panel and the readers would be useful like the other XIs. This team would be better balanced if Miller was picked instead of Botham allowing 2 pace bowlers and 2 spinners to be added.Hutton,sutcliffe ,ponsford,morris and trumper were better than Hayden. Lindwall could do everything McGrath does at 10 mph quicker. my Ashes ATXI is 1.HOBBS 2.HUTTON 3.BRADMAN 4.PONTING 5.BORDER 6.MILLER 7.GILCHRIST 8.LINDWALL 9.WARNE 10.LILLEE 11.LAKER

  • on December 17, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    decent team Taylor for Hobbs though and as captain and Border for Botham Waugh can bowl not sure about Trueman maybe Thommo ?

  • dar268 on December 17, 2010, 13:10 GMT

    The poll has zero credibility as it does not include the most influential cricketer of all time (WG Grace) even as a nominee. (And while we're at it Hayden has a pretty average Ashes record.)

  • TheLoneStranger on December 17, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    By picking three openers, this allows Bradman to drop down to 4, where he'd be even more destructive than he was at 3. You couldn't leave Hammond out; he was too good a player. Greg Chappell at 6 and Gilchrist at 7 with Miller at 8 is a phenomenally strong batting line-up. Davidson at 9 was also a very handy batsman. Tyson averaged around 10 with the bat and would bat at 10, with O'Reilly at 11. Have a look at the bowling averages of Tyson, Miller, Davidson and O'Reilly and you'll see why I picked them ahead of other perhaps more illustrious names, notably Lillee, Trueman and McGrath but, as I said, any of these fringe-players would do as good a job on their day. I once saw Tyson bowl and it would be a toss-up as to who was faster; him or Thomson, but Tyson got his wickets at an average of only 18! Miller, Davidson and O'Reilly all averaged in the low 20's and it was Miller's and Davo's batiing that kept McGrath, Trueman and Lillee out of the eleven.

  • popcorn on December 17, 2010, 11:56 GMT

    No place for Greg Chappell? A great Aussie Captain,one of the Top 10 batsmen in the world - ever, a superb fielder,and a brilliant Captain.

  • Javicab on December 17, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Great team though would like to have seen Harold Larwood instead of Fred Trueman. Harold Larwood was the bowler to most trouble the greatest batsman of all time and an isnpiration for future fast bowlers such as Ray Lindwall. The fact that he was a major part of the bodyline series shouldn't take away from the fact that he was one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time.

  • ATC1810 on December 17, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    It's always difficult to compare and contrast players from different eras as the game has changed so much, however it looks a very good side, but I'm not convinced by the batting order of the tail. McGrath was one of the all time 'great' rabbits, whilst both Lillee and Trueman definitely knew which end of the bat to hold! Most importantly, I can't stress enough how glad I am to note the absence of Kevin Pietersen, possibly the most over-rated batsman in world cricket!

  • Bollo on December 17, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    Personally would have gone with Hobbs, Hutton, Bradman, G.Chappell, S.Waugh, K.Miller,Gilchrist, Warne, Lillee, Trueman, McGrath. @Alonsoe, not quite sure how you can pick only 3 Australians, obviously the dominant Ashes team. To be fair though, I think Barrington at No5???? is the only choice I feel is a particularly poor one. Hayden the luckiest to make the team for mine.

  • Timsam on December 17, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    This would be my team: 1. Gooch 2. Hayden 3. Bradman 4. Chappell 5. Waugh 6. Botham 7. Gilchrist 8. Warne 9. McGrath 10. Lillee 11. Tyson

  • nzcricket174 on December 17, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    Where the heck is Sydney Barnes? Incredibly good bowler should be here.

  • nzcricket174 on December 17, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Guys remember this is ASHES ONLY. So a certain player could have a career average of 50 but only average 30 in Ashes cricket.

  • on December 17, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    i think i would choose a different team but still include some of the people thier mcgrrath, waugh, warne, pointing, haddin(wk}, bradman, hayden, grilchrist, jonhson, habbs, lee and clarke

  • JB77 on December 17, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    Error in the photo caption. 'Ian Botham' and 'greatest allrounder' seem to be in the same sentence. Even when dealing with just Eng and Aus players, he's not even close.

  • jonesy2 on December 17, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    why is pieterson in the nominees? wheres hussey? clarke? terry alderman? stuart mcgill? how is botham at number 6? border is obviously no 5 then waugh no 6. no need for an allrounder when your bowling attack is warne mcgrath and lillee.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 17, 2010, 9:38 GMT

    I'd have Shane Warne in my team for Melbourne for the 4th test. We really need a spinner there. I'd be playing both Steve Smith and O'Keefe as backup too. Yeah, I know, retired and all, but he said he'd do it if asked. So why not ask him?

  • on December 17, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Who on earth voted for Trueman ahead od Sydney Barnes?!?

  • Something_Witty on December 17, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    Where's AB? I certainly would've had him in ahead of Steve Waugh, even though Waugh was great, AB was better.

  • Andy500265 on December 17, 2010, 7:02 GMT

    How have Lindwall and Spofforth missed the cut? They were brilliant bowlers (particularly Spofforth) and Lindwall was a more than useful batsman! You could put Lindwall at 8 and take the pressure off Warnie!

  • landl47 on December 17, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    My eleven would be slightly different, but not much. I would have Hutton batting first instead of Hayden, who was great on flat tracks but not so good when the ball was moving around. Hutton was superb on any type of wicket and if war hadn't broken out when he was 23 and cost him 7 years of his career he might have rewritten every record in the book. I would also leave out Trueman, because with Lillee, McGrath and Botham all the bases are covered for speed, seam and swing. Instead I'd have Richie Benaud in as captain. He and Warne were both legspinners, but great ones, and Benaud was the best captain I ever saw. It would be a great team to watch!

  • tjsimonsen on December 17, 2010, 6:13 GMT

    This is interesting or rediculous depending on your veiw. McGrath instead of Barnes (!!) Hayden instead of Hutton (or Trumper, or Sutcliffe, or...) (!!!!), Pointing instead of Hammond (!!!!!!). This makes even less sense than Sachin instead of G. Headley in the all-time World XI published some time ago.

  • jamcnam on December 17, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Hayden -hahah - thanks for the laugh. Imagine that flat track bully facing quick bowlers without a helmet. He's a joke selection I am sure. I'd rather have a genuinely brave batsman such as Langer but the 100 years of Ashes contests have thrown up much better players

  • braj8051 on December 17, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    well its been a nice effort by cricinfo but including all greats isnt possible either... in an ashes XI flintoff should be there... otherwise good one..

  • Nadeem1976 on December 17, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    What so ever. Good team selection. Bradman can single handedly beat any team in the world so no need to worry about his other partners. If he is there then who is going to beat that team. None.

  • Jkgsrt on December 17, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    what a wrong selection. hamond and barnes can not be easily selected. ponting a wrong selection. my team is hobbs, hutton,bradman, hamond, s waugh, bothom, gilchrist, barnes, mcgrath, warne and lili.

  • Cam_PT on December 17, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Definitely a great team. I agree with that. But (and I knew this would happen) we are picking an Ashes team and that means we are picking players to play in both England and Australia only. That means therefore we need to look at how the players played in those countries. Immediately Hayden and Ponting are going to struggle to even be in the second team let alone the first one. Hutton/Sutcliffe and Hammond/Border should be replacing those two. Botham was great at times in his career but Miller was more efficient. Beefy like Freddie hinge their success off one series. And maybe Barnes for Trueman, but old Fred was pretty good. But otherwise great team in any case.

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 17, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    My Ashes Eleven:(Since reader's eleven has contemporary bias big time. Matthew Hayden over Victor tumper? )

    1. Victor Trumper 2. Jack Hobbs 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Wally Hammond 5. Steve Waugh 6. Ian Botham 7. Alan Knott 8. Shane Warne 9. Dennis Lille 10. Glen McGrath 11.Ray Lindwall

  • smudgeon on December 17, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Wow, no Allan Border? I would have thought he would have been a shoo-in. Not only the best captain Australia ever had, but he was a tough, determined batsman, and he genuinely loathed England. To me, he is the very essence of that Ashes rivalry. Anyways, these lists are never going to please everyone, eh?

  • MinusZero on December 17, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Not so sure about the vote of confidence in Ponting being the only active player in the XI. There are only two active players in the list of nominees anyway, Ponting and Pietersen (i am excluding Lee since he isnt playing tests now).

  • Biggus on December 17, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Not the side I would have chosen but the people have spoken. I had Hammond, Hutton, Barnes and Davidson in my team and also Miller instead of Botham (never know when you'll need someone who can fly a Mosquito!). Still a pretty flash team.

  • alonsoe on December 17, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    I still believe the team I choose would be a bit for formidable than final XI. My team is Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Bradman, Hammond, Barrington, Botham, Knott, Warne, Liliee, Laker and Barnes.

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  • alonsoe on December 17, 2010, 3:58 GMT

    I still believe the team I choose would be a bit for formidable than final XI. My team is Hobbs, Sutcliffe, Bradman, Hammond, Barrington, Botham, Knott, Warne, Liliee, Laker and Barnes.

  • Biggus on December 17, 2010, 4:41 GMT

    Not the side I would have chosen but the people have spoken. I had Hammond, Hutton, Barnes and Davidson in my team and also Miller instead of Botham (never know when you'll need someone who can fly a Mosquito!). Still a pretty flash team.

  • MinusZero on December 17, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Not so sure about the vote of confidence in Ponting being the only active player in the XI. There are only two active players in the list of nominees anyway, Ponting and Pietersen (i am excluding Lee since he isnt playing tests now).

  • smudgeon on December 17, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Wow, no Allan Border? I would have thought he would have been a shoo-in. Not only the best captain Australia ever had, but he was a tough, determined batsman, and he genuinely loathed England. To me, he is the very essence of that Ashes rivalry. Anyways, these lists are never going to please everyone, eh?

  • Hema_Adhikari on December 17, 2010, 5:03 GMT

    My Ashes Eleven:(Since reader's eleven has contemporary bias big time. Matthew Hayden over Victor tumper? )

    1. Victor Trumper 2. Jack Hobbs 3. Sir Don Bradman 4. Wally Hammond 5. Steve Waugh 6. Ian Botham 7. Alan Knott 8. Shane Warne 9. Dennis Lille 10. Glen McGrath 11.Ray Lindwall

  • Cam_PT on December 17, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    Definitely a great team. I agree with that. But (and I knew this would happen) we are picking an Ashes team and that means we are picking players to play in both England and Australia only. That means therefore we need to look at how the players played in those countries. Immediately Hayden and Ponting are going to struggle to even be in the second team let alone the first one. Hutton/Sutcliffe and Hammond/Border should be replacing those two. Botham was great at times in his career but Miller was more efficient. Beefy like Freddie hinge their success off one series. And maybe Barnes for Trueman, but old Fred was pretty good. But otherwise great team in any case.

  • Jkgsrt on December 17, 2010, 5:05 GMT

    what a wrong selection. hamond and barnes can not be easily selected. ponting a wrong selection. my team is hobbs, hutton,bradman, hamond, s waugh, bothom, gilchrist, barnes, mcgrath, warne and lili.

  • Nadeem1976 on December 17, 2010, 5:32 GMT

    What so ever. Good team selection. Bradman can single handedly beat any team in the world so no need to worry about his other partners. If he is there then who is going to beat that team. None.

  • braj8051 on December 17, 2010, 5:46 GMT

    well its been a nice effort by cricinfo but including all greats isnt possible either... in an ashes XI flintoff should be there... otherwise good one..

  • jamcnam on December 17, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Hayden -hahah - thanks for the laugh. Imagine that flat track bully facing quick bowlers without a helmet. He's a joke selection I am sure. I'd rather have a genuinely brave batsman such as Langer but the 100 years of Ashes contests have thrown up much better players