June 24, 2013

How much would you bid for them?

A fantasy T20 team of players who would have been stars of the format if they had played it
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Colin Milburn
But for the unfortunate car accident in 1969 that cost him an eye - and, effectively, his career - the beefy Milburn might have been the first global star of the one-day international game. Instead, it's a case of what might have been. He enlivened many a sleepy day in Northampton, and once clouted 181 in a session in a Sheffield Shield match.

George Bonnor
The 19th-century prototype for Kieron Pollard, the lanky Bonnor made five Ashes tours of England despite modest results (a career batting average of 21), because he was capable of match-turning batting when his eye was in. Bonnor's 128 in Sydney in 1884-85 - his only Test century - was made in less than two hours, and included three sixes, which in those days were only awarded if the ball went out of the ground. He was also once caught from a hit so steepling that the batsmen had turned for the third run before the ball was safely held by a nervous Fred Grace (WG's brother).

Don Bradman
The Don wasn't the first name on my fantasy T20 teamsheet - but when I looked at the contenders, I couldn't see any reason to leave him out. Bradman wasn't a prolific six-hitter, preferring to keep the ball on the ground - but he could slog when he needed to, which wasn't often as he maintained a healthy scoring rate without resorting to violence. And admit it, we'd all love to watch him bat, wouldn't we?

Viv Richards
Viv didn't so much hit the ball as dismiss it from his presence: and I reckon he'd have matched Chris Gayle in the T20 hitting stakes if he'd had the chance. Just ask the England bowlers he caned for a record 56-ball hundred in a Test in Antigua in 1985-86, or the England bowlers he caned for 189 in an ODI in 1984, or the England bowlers who... well, you get the picture.

Gilbert Jessop
"The Croucher" might just have been the most destructive hitter of all: his assiduous biographer Gerald Brodribb worked out that his 180 scores of 50-plus in first-class cricket came at an average rate of 79 per 100 balls. Jessop hit 53 centuries, five of them doubles - but only once ever batted for more than three hours (240 in 200 minutes for Gloucestershire v Sussex in Bristol in 1907). He was also one of the first to use a heavy bat; his favourite was 3lb 4oz, about a pound heavier than was usual at the time. Jessop smashed fast and slow bowling alike, from a distinctive low stance. His IPL auction price would have been astronomical.

Garry Sobers
Before there was Brian Lara and his extravagant backlift (which led to beautiful extra-extravagant extra-cover-drives) there was Sobers: his backlift was just as spectacular, and his follow-through just as devastating. And, unlike Lara, Sobers bowled too - speed, swing and spin (which might come in useful in this short format). Sir Garry was another born a decade or so too early: he could have been a one-day legend, but actually played only one ODI (and bagged a duck).

Keith Miller
Not many people would get into a Test side for their batting or their bowling, but Keith Miller would (and he's about the last Australian you could say that about). Miller's matinee-idol looks (and alleged fling with Princess Margaret) would have made him a celebrity of Warne-like luminescence today. There must be a chance, though, that this team will score so many runs that he'd get bored, as in Southend-on-Sea in 1948 when, with the Australians on course for their record haul of 721 runs in a day against Essex, Miller allowed himself to be bowled for a duck.

Ian Botham
Just possibly an allrounder too many - and still no room for Kapil Dev or Imran Khan or Mike Procter - but who would dare leave "Beefy" out? Just the memory of him smashing his first ball in the 1985 Edgbaston Ashes Test back over the pacy Craig McDermott's head for six will do for me: rarely has the wind been removed so suddenly from Australian sails. And that ignores the rest of Botham's Test runs (more than 5000), the England-record wicket haul (383), and prehensile catching (120 catches in Tests). He'd also be in charge of the after-match parties...

Alan Knott
I wondered about a six-hitter like Rod Marsh as my wicketkeeper, or an acclaimed batsman-stumper like Les Ames or Farokh Engineer. But in the end I plumped for Knott, the best wicketkeeper I ever saw, and a batsman whose impish inventiveness might just come in useful in the unlikely event of all the hitters failing to come off.

Arthur Wellard
David Foot described Wellard as a "village blacksmith cricketer", and his fast-medium bowling will come in useful - although it will be his batting that people will want to see. Wellard didn't worry too much about running between wickets: of his career total of over 12,000 runs, about a quarter came in the shape of 500-odd sixes. That included 72 in 1935, which remained a record until Botham, a fellow Somerset smiter, smashed 80 in 1985.

Bishan Bedi
For our main slow man I considered offspinners Jim Laker and Hugh Tayfield (a noted dot-ball merchant), and also the Indian allrounder Vinoo Mankad, among others. But I didn't think our No. 11 really needed to bat, and went for the fun of watching Bedi, patka wobbling, enticing the sloggers to their doom. He probably wouldn't enjoy being allowed only four overs to spin his web, though.

Steven Lynch is the editor of the Wisden Guide to International Cricket 2013

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  • on June 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Some New Zealand players that would have been great in 20/20 are John R Reid who was not only a fine captain, but could bowl spin, seam and even keep wickets, while Bruce Taylor was a hard hitting batsman (once scored a test century in 86 minutes) as well as a fine seam bowler. Two other lusty hitter/ seam bowler that would have also enjoyed 20/20 is the late Dick Motz and Lance Cairns. As for keepers the late Ken Wadsworth was a breezy hitter of the ball, while another one that could flail it as well was Jock Edwards, who is in the Colin Milburn chunky mold of physique. A certain Sir Richard Hadlee may well also have found 20/20 to his liking.

  • funkyandy on June 27, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Got to agree with OWNAGE - what a team!! The only possible change, maybe Sehwag for Sachin? Lots of right/left combinations and wasim at no.8 - cannot fail! Surely Imran as captain? Got to be!

  • sanman12 on June 27, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    People seem to forget a certain mister graeme pollock and barry richards. Two of the best and most destructive batsman of their era if not of all time. Pity they had limited chances due to apartheid but for those who saw them bat will remember their prowess as being unchallenged at that time. They were part of a team that whitewashed The aussies.

  • on June 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    As we are all naming our favourites, how about Ranjitsinghi, a super-fast scorer, and Wilf Rhodes,much too slow a scorer for 20-20 but a great dot-ball artist.

  • nafzak on June 26, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    I am West Indian, so yes, I am prejudiced in favour of my countrymen. Kallicharran, Kanhai, Fredericks, Greenidge, Haynes, Richardson, Gibbs, Holding, Garner, Croft, Marshall, Ambrose, Sylvester Clarke, Roberts, George Headley, Ramadhin, Valentine, Clive Lloyd, Collis King... all would have excelled in 20/20. The only reason they did not score more runs or score faster than they did is because they did not have to in order to win. The bowlers were the most diciplined. Look at Gibbs runs per as an example. And remember in the days of Sobers, Kanhai, Gibbs, et al, they played a less lot Test Cricket in their prime years than cricketers do today. Hence, they has much less opportunities to take (many) wickets while in their best years of their career than do the Marnes and Muralith.. (that guy from SL). And yes, Imran, Wasim Akram and Kapil over Botham any day. Waqar Younis, ZaheerAbass, Majid Khan, Miandad, all would have been stars in 20/20.

  • on June 25, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Carey's great New Zealand list should also include Mark Greatbatch, who would have been excellent at the happy-hour form of the game.

  • OWNAGE on June 25, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    All time T20 XI: 1. Adam Gilchrist (wk) 2. Tendulkar 3. Viv Richards 4. Lara 5. Sobers 6.Ian Botham 7. Imran Khan 8. Wasim Akram 9. Warne 10. Joel Garner 11. McGrath. Viv and Gilly are the two most destructive hitters ever, while Sachin, Lara, and Sobers can effortlessly swich between accumulation and attack. Botham and Imran provide lower order power hitting and killer back up bowling (imagine, Botham as a 6TH bowling option). Wasim is the deadliest yorker bowler in history (backed up by Imran). McGrath is the most accurate fast bowler of all time, ideal for strangling the batsmen, while Warne is an obv. choice. Joel Garner might seem like an unusual pick, but at 6 ft 8, he combined fierce pace with wicked steep bounce, could get the ball to jump alarmingly at the batsman. Plus he had one of the best yorkers ever seen. "No one hit Joel", he was either at your nose or at your toes. All in all a dream T20 XI.

  • kaos2 on June 25, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    You would not go past Deadly as one of your bowling options

  • regofpicton on June 25, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    No Martin Crowe?! He finished the 1992 World Cup with an average of 114 at 91. I think he might have been able to adjust to the shorter format, and made it his own.

  • on June 25, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Leaving Kapil out for Botham ? No Way. Kapil's test strike rate is 79 +, third highest of all time, lower than only Sehwag ( 82 + ) and Gilchrist . Next highest at the fourth spot is Sir Viv Richards ( 69 + ) to put things in proper perspective. Sir Botham is in the 60s somewhere. The master statistician Steven Lynch can't have missed this important difference. The great Australian Jack Gregory ( He of the 67 ball test century, and new ball bowling partner of the legendery Ted McDonald, and a superlative fielder to cap it ) must replace Miller. I always thought he was the no 1 Aussie allrounder over Miller, Benaud, Davidson and Warne.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Some New Zealand players that would have been great in 20/20 are John R Reid who was not only a fine captain, but could bowl spin, seam and even keep wickets, while Bruce Taylor was a hard hitting batsman (once scored a test century in 86 minutes) as well as a fine seam bowler. Two other lusty hitter/ seam bowler that would have also enjoyed 20/20 is the late Dick Motz and Lance Cairns. As for keepers the late Ken Wadsworth was a breezy hitter of the ball, while another one that could flail it as well was Jock Edwards, who is in the Colin Milburn chunky mold of physique. A certain Sir Richard Hadlee may well also have found 20/20 to his liking.

  • funkyandy on June 27, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    Got to agree with OWNAGE - what a team!! The only possible change, maybe Sehwag for Sachin? Lots of right/left combinations and wasim at no.8 - cannot fail! Surely Imran as captain? Got to be!

  • sanman12 on June 27, 2013, 12:42 GMT

    People seem to forget a certain mister graeme pollock and barry richards. Two of the best and most destructive batsman of their era if not of all time. Pity they had limited chances due to apartheid but for those who saw them bat will remember their prowess as being unchallenged at that time. They were part of a team that whitewashed The aussies.

  • on June 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    As we are all naming our favourites, how about Ranjitsinghi, a super-fast scorer, and Wilf Rhodes,much too slow a scorer for 20-20 but a great dot-ball artist.

  • nafzak on June 26, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    I am West Indian, so yes, I am prejudiced in favour of my countrymen. Kallicharran, Kanhai, Fredericks, Greenidge, Haynes, Richardson, Gibbs, Holding, Garner, Croft, Marshall, Ambrose, Sylvester Clarke, Roberts, George Headley, Ramadhin, Valentine, Clive Lloyd, Collis King... all would have excelled in 20/20. The only reason they did not score more runs or score faster than they did is because they did not have to in order to win. The bowlers were the most diciplined. Look at Gibbs runs per as an example. And remember in the days of Sobers, Kanhai, Gibbs, et al, they played a less lot Test Cricket in their prime years than cricketers do today. Hence, they has much less opportunities to take (many) wickets while in their best years of their career than do the Marnes and Muralith.. (that guy from SL). And yes, Imran, Wasim Akram and Kapil over Botham any day. Waqar Younis, ZaheerAbass, Majid Khan, Miandad, all would have been stars in 20/20.

  • on June 25, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    Carey's great New Zealand list should also include Mark Greatbatch, who would have been excellent at the happy-hour form of the game.

  • OWNAGE on June 25, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    All time T20 XI: 1. Adam Gilchrist (wk) 2. Tendulkar 3. Viv Richards 4. Lara 5. Sobers 6.Ian Botham 7. Imran Khan 8. Wasim Akram 9. Warne 10. Joel Garner 11. McGrath. Viv and Gilly are the two most destructive hitters ever, while Sachin, Lara, and Sobers can effortlessly swich between accumulation and attack. Botham and Imran provide lower order power hitting and killer back up bowling (imagine, Botham as a 6TH bowling option). Wasim is the deadliest yorker bowler in history (backed up by Imran). McGrath is the most accurate fast bowler of all time, ideal for strangling the batsmen, while Warne is an obv. choice. Joel Garner might seem like an unusual pick, but at 6 ft 8, he combined fierce pace with wicked steep bounce, could get the ball to jump alarmingly at the batsman. Plus he had one of the best yorkers ever seen. "No one hit Joel", he was either at your nose or at your toes. All in all a dream T20 XI.

  • kaos2 on June 25, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    You would not go past Deadly as one of your bowling options

  • regofpicton on June 25, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    No Martin Crowe?! He finished the 1992 World Cup with an average of 114 at 91. I think he might have been able to adjust to the shorter format, and made it his own.

  • on June 25, 2013, 1:37 GMT

    Leaving Kapil out for Botham ? No Way. Kapil's test strike rate is 79 +, third highest of all time, lower than only Sehwag ( 82 + ) and Gilchrist . Next highest at the fourth spot is Sir Viv Richards ( 69 + ) to put things in proper perspective. Sir Botham is in the 60s somewhere. The master statistician Steven Lynch can't have missed this important difference. The great Australian Jack Gregory ( He of the 67 ball test century, and new ball bowling partner of the legendery Ted McDonald, and a superlative fielder to cap it ) must replace Miller. I always thought he was the no 1 Aussie allrounder over Miller, Benaud, Davidson and Warne.

  • on June 25, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    where is wasim akram and waqar younis. Waqar had an amazing inswinging yorker which was bowled at 150 ks. He was brilliant at the death. Wasim akram was a very good hitter, and nothing much more needs to be said apart from brilliant. He could swing the ball both ways in one ball. People couldn't defend those and u are talking about 4's and 6's here.

  • ARad on June 24, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    Lance Klusener and Chris Cairns are two recent allrounders who can hit some meaty blows. Kaluwitharana for the WK slot too.

  • hamqad on June 24, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    No Imran Khan? Seriously? Aside from Sobers, I do not think the game has seen a more complete all-rounder. He would have excelled in the competition. I would definitely include him over Botham.

  • on June 24, 2013, 22:54 GMT

    Carey highlighted one notable omission. Lance Cairns with his prolific 6 hitting and prodigious swing bowling would have been a match winner.

  • on June 24, 2013, 21:20 GMT

    No Kapil Dev...The only player with 90+ strike rate in those days and of course the best medium pace bowler of his era. And a great captain on top of it.

  • Jonathan_E on June 24, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Which Botham would we see? The one of his Test career (or, at least, the early part before his back injury), or the one of his distinctly modest ODI career in which he never hit a century or a five-for?

  • on June 24, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    jonty rhodes. best fielder ever to play cricket. would get alot of run outs in t20.

  • on June 24, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Ambrose was so miserly as a one day bowler, would have been valuable in T20. Same goes for Joel Garner - seems like the yorker is a lost art in the current era, but ability to bowl it at will would have made him an exceptional short-form bowler. Agree with the shout on Moin Khan as wicket keeper - brilliant performer. Don't disagree with any of the all rounders picked here, but you could make a strong case for Imran Khan, Kapil Dev and Richard Hadlee. And then there's Greenwich and Haynes, Clive Lloyd. May be mistaken, but don't think Jonty Rhodes played any T20 games - his brilliance in the field would be invaluable. Let's be honest - you could pick hundreds of former greats from the game and they'd shine in this format.

  • on June 24, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    How could you miss Imran Khan? Kris Srikanth was a dasher at the top of the of the order

  • Nutcutlet on June 24, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    And if there was a player I'd choose as captain for this historical T20 XI, then it would be PGH Fender. He would have worked out how to fiddle batsmen out better than anyone I've ever heard or read about. (The expression 'out of the box' could've been invented for him - in the 1920s!) And of course he'd be fully worth his place in the side as an inventive & hard hitting bat ('Hitting to unexpected quarters of the ground', according to Gerald Brodribb in Hit for Six) besides being a great fielder & catcher. One of his 'launches' was measured at 132 yards (120.7 meters) clean out of the Oval in 1922. At least he had the benefit of hitting sixes that merely had to clear the rope! That rule came in after Jessop's time, in 1910. Jessop had to put the ball clean out of the ground to be awarded 6; he has to be the greatest hitter of all time - bar none. Viv Richards, Greenidge, Kapil Dev, etc. etc. line up behind the greatest legend of all, all 5 foot 7 inches of him: Gilbert Laird Jessop.

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Did i not read Victor Trumper anywhere????

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    Sorry to people vouching for Saqlain Mushtaq, Chris Cairns and Inzi, these have already played T20!

  • Rally_Windies on June 24, 2013, 18:01 GMT

    Micheal Bevan , and Barry Richards are glaring omissions of this list .. Wasim Akram as well .....

  • on June 24, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    Bishan Bedi wouldn't enjoy seeing his name there. He calls T-20 as the most vulgar form of cricket.

  • on June 24, 2013, 17:01 GMT

    Something Ive often thunk about- Id go a step further and not include anyone who has played international limited overs cricket. Makes it a bit more challenging.

    Barry Richards, Les Ames, D Bradman, G Pollock, D Compton, K Miller,V Mankad, R Benaud, L Constantine, A Davidson, B Statham.

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    i think moin khan would be the ideal choice for the wicket keeper role. he could realy score at fast rate at the end of an innings.

  • on June 24, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    There are many players missing but as per ur mention one to miss out on ur list is Salim Durrani he would have been one player to watch out for may be a present day AB

  • on June 24, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Wasim Akram should be there with his swinging yorkers and hard hitting capabilities.

  • UndertheGrill on June 24, 2013, 12:30 GMT

    To be fair, with this sort of criteria you could probably assemble a dozen teams at least made up of former players who never go to play T20, but would have been amazing at it.

  • on June 24, 2013, 12:08 GMT

    Why is Gordon Greenidge missing? Probably the hardest hitter of the cricket ball. Krish Srikkanth too would make a good choice.Kapil Dev would be a better choice over Botham for this format. Wasim Akram should be leading the attack.

  • Stark62 on June 24, 2013, 11:54 GMT

    Wasim and Waqar with their reverse swing would have been masters at the format (particularly Waqar with his toe crushers)!!

    Also, what about Greenidge (right handed Gayle but better), Graeme Pollock, Saed Anwar, Imran Khan, Lance Klusener, Kapil Dev, Barry Richards and Saqlain (mystery bowler)?!?!

  • Bluebottle99 on June 24, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Graeme Pollock would leave bowling attacks in tatters on a regular basis. A true power hitter that usually kept the ball on the ground. Definitely in at 4 in my team.

  • Rowayton on June 24, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    Interesting selections - it sounds heretical but I have my doubts about Sobers in t20. While he's the best cricketer I have ever seen, he did seem to have a habit of, how shall I put this politely, taking it easy in games he didn't think were important. And Ollie Milburn was not exactly mobile in the outfield. I reckon Richie Benaud would have been good at t20 - spinners do well, and six hitting spinners even better.

  • Iqbal_Hasan on June 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    Of course... Alletson was playing for Notts!! (my bad!)

  • Iqbal_Hasan on June 24, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    I was a pupil of Gerald Brodribb's (see Gilbert Jessop above) when I was a boy... and he would, I am sure, have put in a word for Northampton's Ted Alletson as someone suited to T20. Brodribb even introduced me to one very ancient Sussex player he knew who was actually playing in "Alletson's Match" and who spent the entire afternoon fetching the ball from beyond the boundary

  • Venkatb on June 24, 2013, 11:14 GMT

    I would add Clive Lloyd, Mike Proctor, Learie Constantine, Imran Khan, Alan Davidson, Clyde Walcott, Barry Richards somewhere, or create an alternate XI.

  • JeffG on June 24, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I'll put the case for Albert Trott.

    He was a big hitting batsman who is still the only person ever to hit a ball over the Lords pavillion.

    As a bowler he was one of the best ever at mixing it up, varying between off-spin and fast medium, with the occasional VERY fast delivery thrown in - often in the same over. He is one of the few players to have taken two hat-tricks in the same innings (actually one of them was 4-in-4 balls) - unfortunately it was in his benefit match and ended up costing him much needed money as the match consequently finished early.

    He was also renowned as a brilliant catcher.

    I wish I could have seem him play any type of cricket, but everything i've read about him suggests that he would have been perfect for T20.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:41 GMT

    what about graeme pollock?

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Kris Srikkanth was quite a prolific run getter when it came to strike rates. By his own admission he played 20-20 whether it was ODI or Test cricket...he should also feature here.....then there was a Pakistani Basit Ali who could really clobber the ball and was known for scoring fast.

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    Ahhh... if Only id been a bit less hasty i would have got it right...... Anyways thanks to all those who pointed it out.

    My 11 1.A Stewart (WK) 2. S. Anwar 3. C. LLoyd 4. V Richards 5. G Sobers 6. I Botham 7. K Dev 8 I. Khan (C) 9. W Akram 10. W Younis 11. A Qadir

    This team has 5 World Class Batsmen - 4 World Class Allrounders 2 World Class spinners and 5 of the Best fast bowlers the game has seen......beat this

  • on June 24, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    where is imran khan in this list????

  • Farhan166 on June 24, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    I believe Asif Iqbal would have been an excellent T20 cricketer. Fastest runner between the wickets, excellent judge of a quick single and a brilliant fielder. He was the most popular Kent overseas cricketer and won many one day matches for Kent. Though he played only 10 ODIs for Pakistan but still was one of our best cricketers. Remember T20 cricket is not only about hitting sixes but playing smart cricket as well.

  • Timmuh on June 24, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Viv with modern bats and short boundaries - frightening concept. Lance Cairns might have gone alright as a late hitting all-rounder too, given how hit and miss T20 batting is at the best of times. There is probably no room in that side for him though.

  • jw76 on June 24, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    To add to Gilbert Jessop's credentials, he was actually a genuine all-rounder - a quick bowler good enough to take more than 100 wickets in a season and do the double (in 1900, 2210 runs and 104 wickets), and was also a truly brilliant fielder. Also many of his big innings came when his team was in trouble, e.g. the Oval Test of 1902.

  • on June 24, 2013, 9:08 GMT

    Are you kidding me, wheres John Reid? Bats (held record for most sixes in an innings), bowled fast-medium or off-break and sometimes did the wicket keeping.

  • on June 24, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    just noticed my team is a player short. lol. i think i would put martin crowe in that position.

  • simz504 on June 24, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    A fantasy T20 team of players who would have been stars of the format if they had played it"

    Re-read that a 100 times for the geniuses crying that "_____insert fav cricketor here__" didnt make the list. Well, some of the players that a few have put together have ALREADY PLAYED the format in either t20i or domestic t20. So no Gilly dude, sorry he cant make the list.

    My t20 team, just give me 5 bowlers, 1 Allrounder, 5 batsmen. Bring some armour, its going to be a long day.

    Holding, Roberts, Marshall, Ambrose, Lillee, Kapil Dev Viv Richards, Frank Worrell, Sobers, Barry Richards, Miandad 12th: Haynes 13th: Hadlee

    Reading is fundamental.

  • on June 24, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    would have like to see how micheal atherton handled t20 cricket.

  • on June 24, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    saeed anwer nathan astle viv richards inzimam chris cairns imran khan wasim akram marshall donald stuart mcgill now you know this team would do some serious damage.

  • on June 24, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    I have to agree so much with PadMarley, that is a team that would beat Steven's team easily.

    I would try to fit in Nadkarni and Joel Garner though for their economical bowling. Mine would be 1. Greatbatch 2. Anwar 3. Richards 4. De Silva 5. Bevan 6. Flower 7. Klusener 8. Akram 9. L Cairns 10. Nadkarni (Test Economy of 1.67) 11. Garner

    Saqlain would be a great option, but he's played T20 in England I am sure. Richards, De Silva and Bevan can all bowl. Mark Waugh could be an altenative.

  • jimbond on June 24, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    I think Stan MCabe and Wasim Akram would figure in any limited overs side. I would prefer MCabe over enen the Don for the T20 format. Again for T20, I would put Kapil Dev ahead of Botham- few could match Dev in terms of slogging power (An ODI strike rate of 95 for Kapil vs 79 for Botham should tell the true story).

  • on June 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Oh, turns out he's there after all, somehow I missed him! Maybe an all-out quickie like Joel Garner though? 6'10 bloke spearing it in at your toes at 95mph, hit that Chris Gayle...

  • on June 24, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Ali Ahmed - You're missing the point mate, this is players who didn't have the chance to play t20. I like this side. No Bradman though? He ticket along at some rate, he'd have smashed it!

  • Romanticstud on June 24, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Unfortunately South Africa were left out of the Test, ODI set-up in the 70s and 80s, but my T20 side would have been just as formidable ... Jimmy Cook, Henry Fotheringham, Peter Kirsten, Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock, Clive Rice (C), Mike Procter, Ray Jennings(W), Stephen Jefferies, Vince VD Bijl, Garth Le Roux. 12th Man David Dyer ... Another guy that I might consider was Adrian Kuiper ... What about too Allan Donald especially the way he used to tear through the Aussie lineup in the middle overs ...

  • on June 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    My 11 1.A Gilchrist 2. C Gayle 3. S Jayasuriya 4. V Richards 5. G Sobers 6. I Botham 7. K Dev 8 I. Khan (C) 9. W Akram 10. W Younis 11. S Ajmal

    This team has 5 World Class Batsmen - 4 World Class Allrounders 2 World Class spinners and 5 of the Best fast bowlers the game has seen......beat this

  • on June 24, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @ Ali Ahmed... Gilchrist played T20 cricket, therefore isn't eligible for the list.

    I imagine Dean Jones, scampering for singles and smashing boundaries would have been a handy T20 cricketer, as would any of the great West Indian fast bowlers.

  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on June 24, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    An XI of people who always gave their best:

    Desmond Haynes Ravi Shastri Javed Miandad Steve Waugh Michael Bevan Chris Harris Robin Singh Ian Smith Wasim Akram Gavin Larsen Curtley Ambrose

  • on June 24, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    sorry.....if your list doesnt include gilchrist then it isnt worth putting it on paper

  • on June 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    What about poor little old NZ? I think Richard Hadlee and Lance Cairns would be worth a place in T20 and I would even dare to put Ian Smith up against Alan Knott behind the stumps. Gary Sobers would also be a fair bet as an allrounder.

  • senator01 on June 24, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    david hookes would have been worth a look.. Lance Cairns as well, could clobber them and his bowling was always interesting

  • PadMarley on June 24, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Appreciate your efforts mate! But here is my 11. K Srikanth and Saeed Anwar: Aravinda de silva, Ijas Ahmad, Imran Khan, Kapil dev, Alec Stewart / Andy Flower / Kaluwitharana [Keeping stumps], Lance Klusner, Simon O'Donnell, Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mustaq. My team will beat the hell out of yours. Oh!! do excuse me, if I have named someone who has played T20, I will replace the name. Still my team will beat the hell our of yours! Cheers...

  • on June 24, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    What about Steve Waugh? Not as a batsman but as a bowler, with his change of pace and slower balls. Or Joel Garner with his scorching yorkers.

  • on June 24, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    What about Steve Waugh? Not as a batsman but as a bowler, with his change of pace and slower balls. Or Joel Garner with his scorching yorkers.

  • PadMarley on June 24, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Appreciate your efforts mate! But here is my 11. K Srikanth and Saeed Anwar: Aravinda de silva, Ijas Ahmad, Imran Khan, Kapil dev, Alec Stewart / Andy Flower / Kaluwitharana [Keeping stumps], Lance Klusner, Simon O'Donnell, Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mustaq. My team will beat the hell out of yours. Oh!! do excuse me, if I have named someone who has played T20, I will replace the name. Still my team will beat the hell our of yours! Cheers...

  • senator01 on June 24, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    david hookes would have been worth a look.. Lance Cairns as well, could clobber them and his bowling was always interesting

  • on June 24, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    What about poor little old NZ? I think Richard Hadlee and Lance Cairns would be worth a place in T20 and I would even dare to put Ian Smith up against Alan Knott behind the stumps. Gary Sobers would also be a fair bet as an allrounder.

  • on June 24, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    sorry.....if your list doesnt include gilchrist then it isnt worth putting it on paper

  • Devadatta_Rajadhyaksha on June 24, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    An XI of people who always gave their best:

    Desmond Haynes Ravi Shastri Javed Miandad Steve Waugh Michael Bevan Chris Harris Robin Singh Ian Smith Wasim Akram Gavin Larsen Curtley Ambrose

  • on June 24, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    @ Ali Ahmed... Gilchrist played T20 cricket, therefore isn't eligible for the list.

    I imagine Dean Jones, scampering for singles and smashing boundaries would have been a handy T20 cricketer, as would any of the great West Indian fast bowlers.

  • on June 24, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    My 11 1.A Gilchrist 2. C Gayle 3. S Jayasuriya 4. V Richards 5. G Sobers 6. I Botham 7. K Dev 8 I. Khan (C) 9. W Akram 10. W Younis 11. S Ajmal

    This team has 5 World Class Batsmen - 4 World Class Allrounders 2 World Class spinners and 5 of the Best fast bowlers the game has seen......beat this

  • Romanticstud on June 24, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    Unfortunately South Africa were left out of the Test, ODI set-up in the 70s and 80s, but my T20 side would have been just as formidable ... Jimmy Cook, Henry Fotheringham, Peter Kirsten, Barry Richards, Graeme Pollock, Clive Rice (C), Mike Procter, Ray Jennings(W), Stephen Jefferies, Vince VD Bijl, Garth Le Roux. 12th Man David Dyer ... Another guy that I might consider was Adrian Kuiper ... What about too Allan Donald especially the way he used to tear through the Aussie lineup in the middle overs ...

  • on June 24, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    Ali Ahmed - You're missing the point mate, this is players who didn't have the chance to play t20. I like this side. No Bradman though? He ticket along at some rate, he'd have smashed it!