Draft: The 40/30 Draft

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There are plenty of drafts going on with complicated ways of selecting your teams, so I thought I'd go with a more "pure" kind of draft. Just an old-fashioned ordered draft where you're picking your own team. There are only two rules:
  • Nobody in your team can have played more than one Test innings at an average of over 40.
  • Nobody in your team can have taken more than one Test wicket at an average of under 30.
This means no Sanath Jayasuriya (batting average of 40.07) and no Graeme Swann (bowling average of 29.96). You've got to look for players who might have outperformed their career numbers.

Enjoy!

Participants (maximum eight)
  1. @Aislabie
  2. @Parth D
  3. @Bevab
  4. @ahmedleo414
  5. @Akshay.
  6. @CerealKiller
  7. @Yash.
Draft Order (courtesy of Random.org)
  1. @Aislabie - :eng: :bat: Alec Stewart
  2. @CerealKiller - :aus: :bat: Victor Trumper
  3. @Yash. - :ind: :ar: Vinoo Mankad
  4. @Bevab - :aus: :bat: Clem Hill
  5. @Akshay. - :eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff
  6. @ahmedleo414 - :nzf: :ar: Daniel Vettori
  7. @Parth D - :ind: :wk: MS Dhoni
  8. @Parth D :ind: :bwl: Harbhajan Singh
  9. @ahmedleo414 - :saf: :bat: Faf du Plessis
  10. @Akshay. - :ind: :bwl: Ishant Sharma
  11. @Bevab - :ban: :ar: Shakib Al Hasan
  12. @Yash. - :eng: :ar: Frank Woolley
  13. @CerealKiller - :eng: :ar: Ben Stokes
  14. @Aislabie - :ind: :bwl: Dilip Doshi
  15. @CerealKiller :aus: :ar: Warwick Armstrong
  16. @Yash. - :aus: :ar: Jack Gregory
  17. @Bevab - :ind: :ar: Amar Singh
  18. @Akshay. - :wi: :ar: Learie Constantine
  19. @ahmedleo414 - :pak: :bat: Majid Khan
  20. @Parth D - :ind: :bat: Tiger Pataudi
  21. @Aislabie - :nzf: :wk: Brendon McCullum
  22. @Aislabie - :eng: :ar: David Allen
  23. @Parth D - :ind: :bwl: Zaheer Khan
  24. @ahmedleo414 - :eng: :bat: Michael Atherton
  25. @Akshay. - :ind: :bat: Wasim Jaffer
  26. @Bevab - :sri: :bat: Marvan Atapattu
  27. @Yash. - :eng: :bat: CB Fry
  28. @CerealKiller - :pak: :bwl: Yasir Shah
  29. @Yash. - :saf: :bwl: Sid Pegler
  30. @Bevab - :sri: :bat: Roy Dias
  31. @Akshay. - :sri: :bat: Arjuna Ranatunga
  32. @ahmedleo414 - :aus: :bwl: Nathan Lyon
  33. @Parth D - :ind: :ar: Ravi Shastri
  34. @Aislabie - :pak: :bwl: Sarfraz Nawaz
  35. @CerealKiller - :aus: :bwl: Geoff Lawson
  36. @CerealKiller - :eng: :wk: Alan Knott
  37. @Aislabie - :nzf: :ar: Colin de Grandhomme
  38. @Parth D - :ind: :bwl: Javagal Srinath
  39. @ahmedleo414 - :ind: :bwl: Umesh Yadav
  40. @Akshay. - :ind: :bat: Vijay Manjrekar
  41. @Bevab - :eng: :bwl: Matthew Hoggard
  42. @Yash. - :eng: :bwl: Steve Harmison
  43. @Bevab - :ind: :bwl: Erapilli Prasanna
  44. @Akshay. - :eng: :ar: Chris Woakes
  45. @ahmedleo414 - :aus: :bwl: Brett Lee
  46. @Parth D - :ind: :bat: Murali Vijay
  47. @Aislabie - :aus: :bat: Billy Murdoch
  48. @CerealKiller - :eng: :ar: Tom Hayward
  49. @Yash. - :ind: :ar: Lala Amarnath
  50. @Yash. - :nzf: :bwl: Ewen Chatfield
  51. @CerealKiller - :nzf: :bat: John Wright
  52. @Aislabie - :wi: :bwl: Corey Collymore
  53. @Parth D - :ind: :bwl: Srinivas Venkataraghavan
  54. @ahmedleo414 - :pak: :ar: Abdul Razzaq
  55. @Akshay. - :wi: :bwl: Alf Valentine
  56. @Bevab :eng: :bat: Keith Fletcher
  57. @Akshay. - :saf: :wk: Quinton de Kock
  58. @ahmedleo414 - :aus: :wk: Matthew Wade
  59. @Parth D - :ind: :ar: Irfan Pathan
  60. @Aislabie - :aus: :bat: Keith Stackpole
  61. @CerealKiller - :aus: :bwl: Peter Siddle
  62. @Yash. - :nzf: :ar: John Reid
  63. @Bevab - :nzf: :wk: BJ Watling
  64. @Bevab - :saf: :bat: Dean Elgar
  65. @Yash. - :sri: :bat: Dimuth Karunaratne
  66. @CerealKiller - :pak: :bat: Asad Shafiq
  67. @Aislabie - :aus: :bat: Peter Burge
  68. @Parth D - :ind: :bat: Sanjay Manjrekar
  69. @ahmedleo414 - :ire: :bat: Ed Joyce
  70. @Akshay. - :eng: :bat: Andy Sandham
  71. @ahmedleo414 - :nzf: :bat: Nathan Astle
  72. @Parth D - :ind: :bat: Chantu Borde
  73. @Aislabie - :eng: :bat: Bill Edrich
  74. @CerealKiller - :pak: :bwl: Abdul Qadir
  75. @Yash. - :wi: :wk: Jeff Dujon
  76. @Bevab
  77. @Akshay.
 
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:eng: :bat: Alec Stewart
Test stats - 8,463 runs @ 39.54 (15 centuries, best 190) in 133 matches
First-class stats - 26,165 runs @ 40.06 (48 centuries, best 271*) in 447 matches

Batting VARP (opener - specialist only) - +31.96%

Alec Stewart was one of the best opening batsmen of his generation, averaging 46.70 as a specialist batsman throughout his Test career. The thing that stood between Stewart's greatness as an opening batsman and his chances of being remembered for it was his absolute dedication to the needs of his team. He turned himself into a high-class wicketkeeper mostly so that England could squeeze an extra batsman into their fragile team. When splitting his duties behind and in front of the stumps, he averaged more than ten runs fewer per innings, which ultimately dragged his career average a shade under 40.

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That was my first pick... :spy
 

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Don't let his average of 39 fool you. Victor Trumper is one of the all-time greats. He was the most stylish and versatile batsman of the Golden Age of cricket, a batsman capable of incredible feats on wickets so treacherous that his contemporaries found them unplayable. This is also the reason for his relatively low average.

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Vinoo Mankad


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Tests:- 2109 runs @ 31.47 (5 100s, Best 231) and 162 wickets @ 32.32 (8 5WI, 2 10WM, BBI 8/52, BBM 13/131) in 44 test matches
First Class:- 11591 runs @ 34.70 (26 100s, Best 231) and 782 wickets @ 24.53 (38 5WI, 9 10WM, BBI 8/35) in 233 matches

Arguably, the greatest spin bowling all rounder India has ever produced. While his stats don't say much, it must be seen that he played in a weak Indian team which won only 5 of the 44 matches he played in. His all round prowess was shown in the Lord's test in 1952 when he made 72 and 184 while batting, and bowled 97 overs in the match taking 5 for 231. In the second innings, he went straight into bat, just after bowling 31 overs that day.

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I shall go with :aus:Clem Hill, who has a batting average of 39.21 and is the highest run-scorer of the pre World War I era. Hill was another 'victim' of the rough playing conditions of his time which resulted in his comparatively low average (the average runs per wicket was around 26 in this era, for comparison the 1920s and 1930s all had averages well above 30). Those who watched him have no doubt over his immense ability though and many argue that he was better than his compatriot Trumper who was aesthetically more pleasing without any doubt. He was excellent on the hard pitches of his country and revelled in back foot punches that were blessed with superb placement and also the power required to score at the pace he often did. One of the quickest run-scorers in test history, he shall bat at three and use his excellent footwork and powerful strokes to tackle any bowler.

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@Akshay. to pick next.
 

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:eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff

Statistics
Tests:- 3845 runs @ 31.77 (5 100s, Best 167) and 226 wickets @ 32.78 (3 5WI BBI 8/156) in 79 tests
First Class:- 9027 runs @ 33.80 (15 100s, Best 167) and 350 wickets @ 31.59 (4 5WI, BBI 5/24) in 183 matches

Cricinfo- "Stats don't show is his presence, and the uplifting effect that Flintoff at his finest had on his team-mates"
Freddie Flintoff is my first pick
He is one of the best all-rounders and impact players

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