Draft: The Alphabet Draft 3 - Revenge of the Consonants

Sorry for missing my picks. I got three picks outstanding.
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Batting & Fielding​


Eligibility- 120/123= 97% innings at no. 1.


Batting & Fielding


Eligibility- 47/175= 27% innings at no. 6.

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Batting & Fielding


Eligibility- 7/16= 44% innings at no. 9.


Craig Overton


StatsMatchesRunsHSBatting Ave100s/50sWicketsBBIBBMBowling Ave5w/10w
First Class1022,87113822.081/133596/249/5123.2812/0

Eligibility: Played 6 innings out of 8 at position 9 = 75%

Bio from cricinfo:

Craig Overton, one of two Somerset fast-bowling twins, won selection for England's 2017/18 tour of Australia after an impressive county season during which, at 23, he seemed to have focused his natural aggression in a way that would enhance his career not hinder it. Overton took 46 Championship wickets at 22.39 and turned in decent limited-overs performances, too, as he threw himself into the fray. He swung the ball, his 6ft 5ins frame meant he could hit the shoulder of the bat and he was increasingly accurate. His brother Jamie was still quicker, but it was Craig, more reliable and less prone to injury, who had first stirred England's hopes. He was also called into England's limited-overs squads during the 2016 and there was disappointment at Taunton for England's first T20I there in 2017 when he did not make the XI.

Overton showed signs of developing into an England allrounder during an excellent Somerset season in 2015 which brought runs and wickets in all formats and rather too many brushes with authority for his own good. The highlight was 43 Championship wickets at 21.70, the lowlight was three brushes with umpires - the worst of them at Hove when he abused Ashar Zaidi, a Pakistan-born cricketer with a British passport. By the end of the season, it had brought him a two-match ban under the totting-up procedure and a reputation for an unbuttoned lip that was not about to go down well in high places. He claimed not to recollect his comment, but specialist one-on-one sessions with psychotherapist Abbie Kench followed, on the suggestions of Somerset's coach Matthew Maynard, leaving Overton able to join England Lions' Loughborough camp at the end of 2016 with no more transgressions on his record.

My team so far:

  1. :ind: :bat: Prithvi Shaw
  2. A
  3. :ind: :bat: Cheteshwar Pujara
  4. :ire: :wkb: Niall O'Brien
  5. :ire: :ar: Kevin O'Brien
  6. :ind: :ar: Yuvraj Singh
  7. E
  8. R
  9. :eng: :ar: Craig Overton
  10. O
  11. T
@sanchitgarg you got another one
9. Indika Gallage :sri: right arm fast medium
Possibly only player at number 9 and following 50 percent condition XD
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3. KC Sangakarra

I'll pick the others later.
Let's get this road back on the show...or shows and roads...something like that. I need what, two picks? I'll assume I have two picks and go from there.

@ahmedleo414 you forgot to add in my pick of Fazal Mahmood into the table. It's not a current pick, it's one I did in the past. It's in the list, just not added into the actual table. And props for that table too. It helps out so much.

Pakistanis, Pakistanis...wherefore art though Pakistanis with names in the word "counterflow"?

For a moment there I thought I might have had to look at Umar Akmal (thankfully he's ineligible for me). I found Qasim Umar. Now before I get into the nitty-gritty of things, let it be known that he was the first Kenyan Test player. Not for Kenya, of course, but he was born in Nairobi prior to his family making a move to Pakistan. A solid player at the crease, he was patient. At number three internationally, he'd just soak up the balls and wear the bowlers down, even while they were battering him. One of the quotes attributed to him comes after he was dismissed by Lillee after wearing more than a few balls to the body...the physio went up to him to apply an icepack and he said, "Maybe you should just put me in the fridge."

Unfortunately his career comes with a bit of a huge blemish. He was one of the first players to speak out against corruption in the Game, saying that bribes, spot-fixing, drugs, women, everything...they were all rampant and nobody could do a thing about it. He admitted that he himself partook in such things. It was a case of, "damned if you do, damned if you don't" at it's best. He couldn't speak out revealing that he too, did it - it would have come out eventually. But he couldn't remain quiet and allow it to happen either. The result? He was banned from cricket and lost his day job at a bank. But he still stood by what he said, even years afterwards. I don't normally pick banned players without good reason, but the courage it took to admit his own involvement while also speaking out is something I rather like. Sort of a confession of sorts. He's okay for a pick in my books.

That's three of my four Pakistan picks.

I'll go with Graham Thorpe at 5 (78 out of 179 innings...43pointsomething percent). I think that Thorpe was stubborn when he was ready, attacking when need be, and damn mentally strong to overcome a highly-public marriage fallout. His back issues prevented him from going further, but in no way does that remove what he added to the England team during his time.

Might it be @mohsin7827 now?
My final O... finally

David O'Sullivan


StatsMatchesWicketsBBIBBMBowling Ave5w/10w
First Class1365236/26?25.9128/4

Eligibility: Played 13 innings out of 21 at position 9 = 61.90%

Bio from wiki:

O'Sullivan made his Test debut a few days later in the Second Test against Pakistan, playing alongside Hedley Howarth, who had been New Zealand's chief spin bowler since 1969. He took no wickets in an innings defeat and was left out of the Third Test team.

He was overlooked for the 1973 tour of England in favour of Eric Gillott, and returned to Hampshire. He played a part in their County Championship victory, taking 47 wickets in 13 matches at 20.59, including 11 wickets for 41 against Nottinghamshire. Hampshire wanted to retain him for 1974 but decided to choose Andy Roberts as their second overseas player instead. O'Sullivan played for Durham in the Minor Counties Championship from 1974 to 1977.

Howarth was unavailable for the tour of Australia in 1973–74, and O'Sullivan took his spot in the Test team as senior spinner. He took only five wickets at 56.00 in the four state matches before the First Test, but was chosen for all three Tests. He took no wickets in the First, did not bowl in the Second, then took 5 for 148 off 35.5 eight-ball overs in the Third, which Australia won by an innings. Howarth returned to the Test team for the return series in New Zealand immediately afterwards, replacing O'Sullivan.

O'Sullivan had steady seasons for Central Districts in 1974–75 and 1975–76. He played in the First Test against India in 1975–76 alongside Howarth, but took no wickets and was left out of the team for the next two Tests. When the side to tour Pakistan and India in late 1976 was announced Howarth was again unavailable, and the spin bowling was in the hands of O'Sullivan (five wickets in five Tests so far) and Peter Petherick, who had yet to play a Test. O'Sullivan played in all six Tests, bowling 273 overs and taking 13 wickets at 61.46, with best figures of 3 for 125 (off 50 overs) in the first innings of the Second Test against India.

My team so far:

  1. :ind: :bat: Prithvi Shaw
  2. A
  3. :ind: :bat: Cheteshwar Pujara
  4. :ire: :wkb: Niall O'Brien
  5. :ire: :ar: Kevin O'Brien
  6. :ind: :ar: Yuvraj Singh
  7. E
  8. R
  9. :eng: :ar: Craig Overton
  10. :nzf: :bwl: David O'Sullivan
  11. T
@qpeedore you've got the next pick as well as an outstanding pick (unless I missed one)
@ahmedleo414 ah, damn, didn't expect to still have a late pick plus one upcoming.

*Does quick maths in head*, even though I don't quite need it.

Sherwin Campbell at one. Who? Yeah, you don't remember him do you? He was once actually an excellent opener for the West Indies. An up-and-down sort of career, he was one of the guys that actually seemed to thrive better in the international game better than the domestic one. Even if the stats don't bear it out. By the time another "C" came around in Gayle, he still took first strike, but his career was on the wane. Looking at his innings list you actually have to go down past the 22nd entry to get something under 50 (of 93 entries, guy got 50 or more a good chunk of the time). However, his list of single figure scores does skew that overall average a bit. I'd take the guy in my team though. Easily and readily.

Dudley Nourse at 4. Don't think I need to say too much about this pick, do I?

@mohsin7827 up next.
One thing I'm enjoying about this draft is I've seen people be picked here that I haven't seen in any other draft. I mean it's not making the greatest teams ever but rather interesting teams
It's why us Draft creators make the Rules!

I do enjoy seeing the picks too, to be honest. You get some random forgotten gem from yesteryear and then you're all like, "I gotta YouTube this guy" and it makes liking the Game so much better.
7. Geraint Owen Jones

Geraint Jones, as he happily admitted upon his retirement, will be remembered above all for one catch. With an unforgettable 2005 Ashes series surrendering to unbearable tension on a Sunday morning at Edgbaston, his nerve held firm as he swooped to scoop a catch behind the wicket offered by Michael Kasprowicz, to seal the two-run victory that changed Ashes history. He recalled "seeing it in slow motion," rolling over and seeing umpire Billy Bowden's finger going up before joining England's celebrations.

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@ahmedleo414 plz let me know if this pick is valid as he is listed as GO Jones on cricinfo
Tharanga Paranavitana for position 1. --> Handy opening batter, had a good FC record.
Upul Tharanga for position 2 --> Another okayish batter. Was better in the ODI format rather than Tests but still.

Rest two coming soon.
I guess it's my turn now.
7) Leslie Ethelbert George Ames

Batting & Fielding​


Eligibility- 24/72= 33% innings at no. 7.

@ddrap14 is next
@Yash. got two picks outstanding

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