All-time Test XI

Aislabie

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These things are always more interesting if you limit yourself to one player per country IMO. I'm phone posting at the moment, I'll try to add mine when I get home
Or some other criteria, like this alphabet eleven (which is really bloody hard):

:aus: :bat: Justin Langer
:saf: :bat: Yacoob Omar
:aus: :bat: Donald Bradman :c:
:wi: :bat: Vivian Richards
:aus: :bat: Neil Harvey
:aus: :ar: Charlie Macartney
:eng: :ar: George Ulyett
:eng: :wk: Alan Knott
:aus: :bwl: Shane Warne
:eng: :bwl: Fred Trueman
:ind: :bwl: Erapilli Prasanna
 

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If it comes to my personal all time XI, I'll take them from the mid 20s(2005).

:aus: Matthew Hayden
:ind: Virender Sehwag
:wi: Brian Charles Lara
:ind: Sachin Tendulkar
:saf: Jacques Kallis
:aus: Ricky Ponting
:aus: Adam Gilchrist
:aus: Shane Warne
:ind: Zaheer Khan
:nz: Shane Bond
:aus: Glenn McGrath[DOUBLEPOST=1471786017][/DOUBLEPOST]Personally, I feel we should enter the XIs into DBC14 and have some last online games of it.
 

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My all-time XIs..

Containing only players that I've watched live on TV

:eng: :bat: Marcus Trescothick
:aus: :bat: Matthew Hayden
:aus: :bat: Ricky Ponting
:wi: :bat: Brian Lara
:nzf: :bat: Stephen Fleming :c: (hate putting him as low as 5)
:saf: :ar: Jacques Kallis
:aus: :wk: Adam Gilchrist
:aus: :ar: Shane Warne
:saf: :bwl: Dale Steyn
:nzf: :bwl: Shane Bond
:aus: :bwl: Glenn McGrath

Containing players I've watched and also those I have only read about or seen old clips of

:wi: :bat: Gordon Greenidge
:aus: :bat: Matthew Hayden
:aus: :bat: Don Bradman :c:
:wi: :bat: Viv Richards
:saf: :ar: Jacques Kallis
:wi: :ar: Garry Sobers
:aus: :wk: Adam Gilchrist
:pak: :ar: Wasim Akram
:wi: :ar: Malcolm Marshall
:aus: :ar: Shane Warne
:aus: :bwl: Glenn McGrath

And a 2nd XI just for fun, containing some of those that missed the cut

:saf: :bat: Graeme Smith
:eng: :bat: Jack Hobbs
:wi: :bat: George Headley
:ind: :bat: Sachin Tendulkar
:sri: :wkb: Kumar Sangakkara
:pak: :ar: Imran Khan :c:
:aus: :ar: Keith Miller
:usa: :ar: Bart King*
:eng: :ar: Graeme Swann
:wi: :bwl: Curtly Ambrose
:saf: :bwl: Allan Donald


*I couldn't care less about the fact that King played zero Tests. He was a simply amazing player that any Test team would dream of having. Blame the then Imperial Cricket Conference for not giving America Test status when they deserved it most.
 

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I'll throw a few teams out there. I didn't really notice that I had the 1-3 of the great West Indian 1980's team and Australia 2000's team, it wasn't planned that way. Wasim Akram plays in the opposition team pretty much because their tail is way too long while Shane Warne comes in at 11 averaging 17. I'm going to go and play this on DBC14 now.

Text XI of players I've seen live

:wi::bat:Gordon Greenidge
:wi::bat:Desmond Haynes
:wi::bat:Sir Vivian Richards
:nz::bat:Martin Crowe
:aus::bat:Allan Border:c:
:pak::ar:Imran Khan
:aus::wkb:Adam Gilchrist
:nz::ar:Sir Richard Hadlee
:wi::bwl:Malcolm Marshall
:aus::bwl:Shane Warne
:aus::bwl:Glenn McGrath

and their opponent

:aus::bat:Justin Langer
:aus::bat:Matthew Hayden
:aus::bat:Ricky Ponting
:ind::bat:Sachin Tendulkar
:wi::bat:Brian Lara
:saf::ar:Jacques Kallis
:sri::wkb:Kumar Sangakarra
:pak::ar:Wasim Akram
:pak::bwl:Abdul Qadir
:wi::bwl:Curtly Ambrose
:saf::bwl:Allan Donald

Picking one from every nation (I'm going to exclude Bangladesh on the basis of not selecting players who still play tests) which leaves 2 nations to have 2 selections

:wi::bat:Gordon Greenidge
:sri::bat:Kumar Sangakarra
:wi::bat:Sir Vivian Richards
:ind::bat:Sachin Tendulkar
:eng::bat:David Gower
:pak::ar:Imran Khan:c:
:zim::wkb:Andy Flower
:nz::ar:Sir Richard Hadlee
:pak::ar:Wasim Akram
:aus::bwl:Shane Warne
:saf::bwl:Allan Donald

and their opponent

:sri::ar:Sanath Jayasuriya
:saf::bat:Gary Kirsten
:wi::bat:Brian Lara
:nz::bat:Martin Crowe
:zim::bat:Murray Goodwin
:eng::ar:Sir Ian Botham
:aus::wkb:Adam Gilchrist
:ind::bwl:Anil Kumble
:pak::bwl:Saqlain Mushtaq
:wi::bwl:Curtly Ambrose
:aus::bwl:Glenn McGrath
 

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All Time Text XI of the players I have seen play:


1. :eng: Alaistar Cook
2. :ind: Virender Sehwag
3. :ind: Rahul Dravid
4. :ind: Sachin Tendulkar
5. :aus: Ricky Ponting :c:
6. :saf: Jacques Kallis
7. :sri: Kumar Sangakkara :wk:
8. :pak: Wasim Akram
9. :aus: Shane Warne
10. :sri: Muttiah Muralitharan
11. :aus: Glenn McGrath

Honorable mentions:
:wi: Brian Lara
:aus: Matthew Hayden
:saf: Dale Steyn
 

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Right now in the SA NZ test they're talking about the current Test XI and they chose Amla over Smith who averages 58...
 

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A slightly different challenge - only one player allowed per Caribbean nation:

:bat: Irvine Shillingford
:ar: Keith Arthurton
:bat: Brian Lara
:bat: Vivian Richards
:bat: Shivnarine Chanderpaul
:bat: Sheridan Raynor
:wk: Junior Murray
:ar: Darren Sammy
:bwl: Malcolm Marshall
:bwl: Winston Davis
:bwl: Courtney Walsh

It's really tough to get a balanced side with this one.
 

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The SA-NZ commentary All-time Test XI

Matthew Hayden
Virender Sehwag
Don Bradman
Sachin Tendulkar
Lara/ Viv Richards
Jacques Kallis
Adam Gilchrist
Wasim Akram
Shane Warne
Malcolm Marshall
Curtly Ambrose

No Sobers, Hobbs, McGrath etc.
 

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I like the idea of one player per decade

Australian XI

:aus::bat:Arthur Morris (1950's)
:aus::bat:Bob Simpson (1960's)
:aus::bat:Don Bradman (1930's)
:aus::bat:Victor Trumper (1900's)
:aus::bat:Allan Border (1980's)
:aus::ar:Keith Miller (1940's)
:aus::wkb:Adam Gilchrist (2000's)
:aus::bwl:Hugh Trumble (1890's)
:aus::bwl:Shane Warne (1990's)
:aus::bwl:Dennis Lillee (1970's)
:aus::bwl:Fred Spofforth (1880's)
 

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