Draft: The Seniors First Test Draft

Verified Enigma

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Vince van der Bijl to complete my XI

  1. :ind: :bat: Rohit Sharma (47 caps)
  2. :aus: :bat: Bill Lawry (67 caps)
  3. :ind: :bat: Rahul Dravid (164 caps)
  4. :wi: :bat: Brian Lara (131 caps)
  5. :ban: :ar: Shakib al Hasan (65 caps)
  6. :eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff (79 caps)
  7. :aus: :wkb: Adam Gilchrist (96 caps)
  8. :ind: :ar: Ravichandran Ashwin (88 caps)
  9. :pak: :bwl: Wasim Akram (104 caps)
  10. :aus: :bwl: Mitchell Johnson (73 caps)
  11. :saf: :bwl: Vince van der Bijl (0 caps)
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Aislabie

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I'm honestly staggered that my last pick was still available. The first great leg-spinner and the first great New Zealand cricketer, Clarrie Grimmett had to cross the Tasman to pursue his dream of Test cricket because for New Zealand, that opportunity hadn't been granted yet. As a result, Grimmett's career was a bit delayed; he didn't make his Test debut until he was 33 years of age. Despite that, Grimmett went on to break Sydney Barnes' 22-year-old record for the most Test wickets ever taken, setting a mark of 216 wickets that would not be broken for a further 17 years.

In 31% of innings in which he bowled, Grimmett returned five or more wickets. In 19% of matches in which he played, Grimmett returned ten or more wickets - his mark of seven such ten-wicket matches has so far been bested only by Murali, Warne, Hadlee, Herath and Kumble. This is despite 450 players having played more than Grimmett's 37 Tests. One can only wonder at what might have been if he'd been able to play Test cricket sooner.

1. :eng: :bat: Jack Hobbs (61 caps)
2. :eng: :ar: Wilfred Rhodes (58 caps)
3. :eng: :bat: Wally Hammond (85 caps)
4. :aus: :bat: Steven Smith (92 caps)
5. :wi: :ar: Garfield Sobers (93 caps)
6. :pak: :ar: Imran Khan (88 caps)
7. :saf: :wk: Quinton de Kock (54 caps)
8. :nzf: :ar: Richard Hadlee (86 caps)
9. :aus: :ar: Alan Davidson (44 caps)
10. :wi: :bwl: Malcolm Marshall (81 caps)
11. :aus: :bwl: Clarrie Grimmett (37 caps)

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@ahmedleo414 still has three outstanding picks
 

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I'm not entirely happy with @Verified Enigma for taking VVDB (also pick in my draft Parth), but I got bailed out a little by Aislable, who suggested over a couple other options to take Frank Tarrant. I don't need a ton of batting quality at 8 (but 36 average does the trick), but it's a FC average of 17 with the ball that does the job.

1. :ind: :bat: Sunny Gavaskar
2. :saf: :bat: Barry Richards
3. :sri: :wkb: Kumar Sangakkara
4. :eng: :bat: Ken Barrington
5. :wi: :bat: Everton Weekes
6. :aus: :bat: Michael Clarke
7. :eng: :ar: Ian Botham
8. :aus: :ar: Frank Tarrant
9. :wi: :bwl: Joel Garner
10. :sri: :bwl: Murali
11. :pak: :bwl: Waqar Younis

Probably have one too many #4 batsman, but otherwise happy. A scary bowling attack, and a very good (and slightly underrated) batting lineup that goes arguably to 9.

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I will take

01. :aus: :bat: Bill Ponsford (29 caps)
02. :aus: :bat: Matthew Hayden (103 caps)
03. :aus: :ar: Marnus Labuschagne (35 caps)
04. :saf: :ar: Jacques Kallis (166 caps)
05. :wi: :ar: Frank Worrell (51 caps)
06. :wi: :bat: Clive Lloyd :c: (110 caps)
07. :zim: :wk: Andy Flower (63 caps)
08. :aus: :bwl: Mitchell Starc (75 caps)
09: :saf: :bwl: Hugh Tayfield (37 caps)
10. :sri: :bwl: Rangana Herath (93 caps)
11. :aus: :bwl: Glenn McGrath (124 caps)

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Shoaib Akhtar (46 caps) completes my terrifying bowling attack.

CerealKiller's XI
1. :eng: Herbert Sutcliffe :bat:
2. :eng: Dennis Amiss :bat:
3. :pak: Younis Khan :bat:
4. :aus: Greg Chappell :bat:
5. :pak: Javed Miandad :bat:
6. :ind: MS Dhoni :wkb: :c:
7. :saf: Shaun Pollock :ar:
8. :aus: Shane Warne :bwl:
9. :saf: Dale Steyn :bwl:
10. :wi: Andy Roberts :bwl:
11. :pak: Shoaib Akhtar :bwl:

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Jasprit Bumrah (30 caps) with test bowling average of 21 will be my last pick.
 

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:ind: :bat: Virender Sehwag (104 caps)
:aus: :bat: David Warner (101 caps)
:wi: :bat: Vivian Richards (121 caps)
:pak: :bat: Mohammad Yousuf (90 caps)
:saf: :wkb: AB de Villiers (114 caps)
:eng: :ar: Ben Stokes (89 caps) :c:
:ind: :ar: Ravindra Jadeja (61 caps)
:wi: :bwl: Michael Holding (60 caps)
:ind: :bwl: Jasprit Bumrah (30 caps)
:saf: :bwl: Kagiso Rabada (58 caps)
:eng: :bwl: Jimmy Anderson (177 caps)

That's my lineup, happy with my squad, especially with my top 7.
In bowling we have fab 4 of Jimmy, Holding, Bumrah & Rabada with company of greats such as Stokes & Jaddu.
Sir Viv & Sehwag can be used in spin friendly conditions for bowling, as they have combined 72 test wickets.
Holding, Bumrah & Rabada can contribute with bat, if need.
Stokes will lead the side.

Thanks for the unique draft @Aislabie really enjoyed building this squad in middle of hectic work pressure.
 
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:saf: :bat: Graeme Smith
:ind: :bat: Sachin Tendulkar
:eng: :bat: Joe Root
:aus: :bat: Allan Border
:aus: :bat: Steve Waugh :c:
:ind: :wkb: Rishabh Pant
:ind: :ar: Irfan Pathan
:nz: :ar: Daniel Vettori
:ind: :bwl: Zaheer Khan
:aus: :bwl: Nathan Lyon
:wi: :bwl: Courtney Walsh
 

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UGH!!! My last two picks were taken by @Aislabie (Alan Davison and Clarrie Grimmett), this is what i get for picking late ...

Here's my outstanding picks

  1. :eng: :bat: Leonard Hutton (79 caps}
  2. :eng: :bat: John Edrich (77 caps)
  3. :aus: :bat: Ricky Ponting (168 caps)
  4. :ind: :bat: Virat Kohli (104 caps)
  5. :saf: :bat: Hashim Amla (124 caps)
  6. :eng: :wk: Les Ames (47 caps)
  7. :aus: :ar: Richie Benaud (63 caps)
  8. :aus: :ar: Jack Gregory (24 caps)
  9. :aus: :bwl: Brett Lee (76 caps)
  10. :wi: :bwl: Curtly Ambrose (98 caps)
  11. :eng: :bwl: Jim Laker (46 caps)
 

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