All-time Test XI

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Ok, I know this has been debated about a hundred times already, but who doesn't like an all-time XI? Here's mine. I'll try to explain my selections with one or two short sentences. You can give your thoughts on my XI and post yours.

:eng: Sir Jack Hobbs
5000+ runs at 57, on bowler friendly pitches.
:ind: Sunil Gavaskar
The first to cross the 10000 mark. Had a particular liking to the Windies' pace attack.
:aus: Sir Don Bradman
No explanation needed.
:ind: Sachin Tendulkar
Highest run scorer ever. Scored big wherever he went. Holds a plethora of runs-scoring records.
:wi: Brian Lara
Played some of the greatest innings ever. His performances in the 1999 series against Australia are stuff of legend. No one was better to watch than the Prince of Trinidad at his best.
:wi: Sir Gary Sobers
A batting average of 57, combined with an ability to bowl seam and spin, made Sobers the greatest all rounder of all time.
:aus: Adam Gilchrist
Revolutionised the role of the wicketkeeper.
:pak: Wasim Akram
Could've made the ball sing and dance if he had wanted to. Could give the bat a mighty swing as well.
:wi: Malcolm Marshall
The greatest of the pacers West Indies was blessed with in the 80s and 90s. Took a wicket every 20 runs.
:aus: Shane Warne
The greatest spinner ever. No one turned it as well and as far as him.
:aus: Glenn McGrath
The most successful pacer of all time. The master of line and length.
 
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You'll have to give reason for Tendulkar IMO. Many people who averaged more then him and brought more to the table, same can be said about Lara...
 

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You'll have to give reason for Tendulkar IMO. Many people who averaged more then him and brought more to the table, same can be said about Lara...
For example?
 

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LOL the boy is mad because there ain't no one from South Africa in the line-up you have posted.

Umm that's unnecessary, did I say anything about South Africans or lack of? Just because I have an opinion no need to become an aggressive prick because I offended the God Sachin. But no need to derail the thread with insults (you've done well in that regard). Can't do my line up now because I'm away and on mobile though...
 

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Umm that's unnecessary, did I say anything about South Africans or lack of? Just because I have an opinion no need to become an aggressive prick because I offended the God Sachin. But no need to derail the thread with insults (you've done well in that regard). Can't do my line up now because I'm away and on mobile though...

Hah, you should read my post again when you are on your computer and then read your post again (the one I have quoted here) and you will realize who became "an aggressive prick". Did I say anything about Sachin? That was the problem that you assumed I was talking about Sachin. I was actually talking about Lara. Again, when you read my post again with a cool head, you will realize that it was in no way an insult to you and was just a banter.
 

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I would quite like to see these two go head to head... (might do it in dbc)

Jack Hobbs
Barry Richards
Brian Lara
Don Bradman
Graeme Pollock
Viv Richards
Wasim Akram
Jack Russell
Malcolm Marshall
Shane Warne
Michael Holding


Sunil Gavaskar
Gordon Greenidge
Sachin Tendulkar
George Headley
Wally Hammond
Mike Procter
Adam Gilchrist
Ian Botham
SF Barnes
Andy Roberts
Murali

Herb Sutcliffe, Gooch, Ponting, Kallis, Border, S Waugh, Hadlee, Imran, Alan Knott, Hedley Verity, McGrath would make an interesting 3rd XI too.
 

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My All time TEST XI

Only going to mention the guys I've seen in person.

:aus: :bat: Matthew Hayden
:saf: :bat: Graeme Smith :c:
:ind: :bat: Rahul Dravid
:saf: :ar: Jaques Kallis
:sri: :wkb: Kumar Sangakkara
:saf: :wkb: AB de Villiers
:eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff
:aus: :bwl: Shane Warne
:pak: :bwl: Wasim Akram
:saf: :bwl: Dale Steyn
:aus:/:eng: :bwl: Glenn McGarth/Graeme Swann (depending on conditions, if it's one of them, i'll pick McGrath)
 
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Going a little off-topic, I'd love to see these XIs battle each other in a three-match series at the Eden Gardens, Lord's and the MCG.

:eng: Alastair Cook :c:
:nzf: Tom Latham
:saf: Hashim Amla
:eng: Joe Root
:ind: Virat Kohli
:pak: Sarfraz Ahmed
:eng: Chris Woakes
:ind: Ravi Ashwin
:aus: Mitchell Starc
:eng: James Anderson
:nzf: Trent Boult
:aus: Nathan Lyon (12th man)

VS

:aus: David Warner
:ind: Murali Vijay
:aus: Steven Smith
:nzf: Kane Williamson :c:
:pak: Younis Khan
:eng: Jonny Bairstow
:eng: Ben Stokes
:pak: Yasir Shah
:saf: Dale Steyn
:pak: Mohammad Aamir
:saf: Kagiso Rabada
:sri: Rangana Herath (12th man)
 

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:aus: :bat: M Hayden
:saf: :bat: G Smith
:wi: :bat: Brian Lara
:aus: :bat: R Ponting :c:
:saf: :ar: Kallis
:eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff
:aus: :wkb: Gilly.
:aus: :bwl: Shane Warne
:pak: :bwl: Wasim Akram
:saf: :bwl: Dale Steyn
:aus: :bwl: Glenn McGarth
 
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Asked an Xi from my dad and he came up with:
:ind: Sunil Gavaskar
:wi: Gordon Greenidge
:wi: Brian Lara
:saf: Jacques Kallis
:ind: Sachin Tendulkar
:aus: Ricky Ponting :c:
:aus: Adam Gilchrist
:pak: Wasim Akram
:aus: Shane Warne
:sri: Murali Muralitharan
:aus: Glenn McGrath
12th: :nzf: Richard Hadlee.
 

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