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- Sep 3, 2010
Yeah, Che Pujara and Michael Yardy could have gone far worse. Honestly, with a little bit of rearranging (and a non-Botham all-rounder) it's a really decent side.Just thankful I was somewhat fortunate with the lottery picks tbh otherwise I probably wouldn't have a middle order to speak of at all.
1. Cheteshwar Pujara
2. Adam Gilchrist
3. Brian Lara
4. Viv Richards
5. Zubin Surkari
6. Clive Rice
7. Michael Yardy
8. Tony Suji
9. Paul Mooney
10. Muttiah Muralitharan
11. Glenn McGrath
I completely understand the quandry though - you ideally needed another quick bowler to fill in that gap in your side, but you also needed a hitter to beef up your middle order. So options include:
Shakib Al Hasan - It'll be an unbalanced bowling attack with yet another spinner, but almost worth the imbalance to get him in.
Ian Botham - I can't shake my opinion of him as a bits-and-pieces one day player, even if Test Botham was a completely different beast.
Richard Hadlee - A huge addition to your bowling attack, but less of a huge addition to your batting order.
Justin Kemp - A dynamic middle-order batsman, but his bowling wasn't really used as much as it could have been.
Albie Morkel - Like Kemp, but bigger.
Jacob Oram - Just a player who I remember really fondly from when I was growing up, even if he arguably wasn't that great.
Abdul Razzaq - Not the first player you think of, but he'd cover both bases pretty well.
Clive Rice - Only three ODIs, but he's going to have an impact. I chose him out of all of these options but there are others.
Ben Stokes - A superb batsman, but a bowling average in the 40s would leave you with a bit of a gap in your bowling attack alongside McGrath.