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A selection game

Discussion in 'Cricket Discussion' started by Aislabie, Jan 11, 2017.

  1. Aislabie Proud Associate Cricket Fan

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    We often hear the commentators talking about picking specialised squads, and have seen teams like England moving gradually towards doing so. But let's take it to extremes: I'm interested to see you pick a different team for each format and explain why you've picked each one. You can of course apply this to whichever country you like.

    England Test XI
    :eng: :bat: Alastair Cook :c:
    :eng: :bat: Keaton Jennings
    :eng: :bat: Haseeb Hameed
    :eng: :bat: Joe Root
    :eng: :wkb: Jonny Bairstow :wk:
    :eng: :bat: James Hildreth
    :eng: :ar: Ben Stokes
    :eng: :ar: Tim Bresnan
    :eng: :bwl: Stuart Broad
    :eng: :bwl: James Anderson
    :eng: :bwl: Jack Leach

    :eng: :bat: Dawid Malan
    :eng: :wkb: Ben Foakes
    :eng: :bwl: Ollie Rayner
    :eng: :bwl: Toby Roland-Jones

    A couple of gnarled county pros in there: Hildreth provides some grit at number six (refer to his broken-ankled century for proof of just how much grit) which should hopefully help to stave off collapses. Stokes shifts down to number seven in the hope that he can go full-Gilchrist while also graduating to become the attack's third seamer.

    England ODI XI
    :eng: :bat: Jason Roy
    :eng: :bat: Michael Lumb
    :eng: :bat: Nick Gubbins
    :eng: :wkb: Jos Buttler :c: :wk:
    :eng: :bat: Sam Northeast
    :eng: :ar: Ravi Bopara
    :eng: :ar: Moeen Ali
    :eng: :ar: Chris Woakes
    :eng: :bwl: Adil Rashid
    :eng: :bwl: Chris Jordan
    :eng: :bwl: David Willey

    :eng: :bat: Mark Stoneman
    :eng: :bat: Laurie Evans
    :eng: :bwl: Liam Plunkett
    :eng: :bwl: Reece Topley

    It perhaps isn't the same kind of brash, in-your-face England ODI team we've grown accustomed to, but this team still retains its flexibility and the ability to pepper the boundary ropes all the way down the batting order, and the importance of that is hard to over-state. I also took a gamble on Chris Jordan being a slightly better death bowler than he has sometimes looked for England.

    England Twenty20 XI
    :eng: :bat: Alex Hales
    :eng: :wkb: Sam Billings :wk:
    :eng: :bat: James Vince
    :eng: :bat: Eoin Morgan :c:
    :eng: :bat: Josh Cobb
    :eng: :ar: Peter Trego
    :eng: :ar: Benny Howell
    :eng: :ar: Matt Coles
    :eng: :bwl: Will Beer
    :eng: :bwl: Graeme White
    :eng: :bwl: Tymal Mills

    :eng: :bat: Adam Lyth
    :eng: :bat: Liam Livingstone
    :eng: :ar: Jordan Clark
    :eng: :bwl: George Garton

    I'm pretty sure this team comes as a surprise: if I'm counting correctly, the starting XI contains six uncapped players, and they make up almost the entire bowling attack, with a similar style to the reserves. My reasoning is simple: I'm picking those players who have been outstanding in domestic cricket. And every player in that side, except possibly Jordan Clark, has the stats behind them to do very well indeed.

    I'll probably do other countries over coming days.
     
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  2. CerealKiller National Board President

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    You can pick a player only in one format.
     
  3. zwarrior International Coach

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    Oh lol. Thanks. I missed that point.

    Will delete my above post.
     
  4. Jack Ryder Panel of Selectors

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    ATM, I think India is the only team which can have all different, formidable squads for different format.
     
  5. CerealKiller National Board President

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    Tests
    :pak: Sami Aslam
    :pak: Azhar Ali
    :pak: Asad Shafiq
    :pak: Younis Khan
    :pak: Misbah-ul-Haq :c:
    :pak: Fawad Alam
    :pak: Kamran Akmal :wkb:
    :pak: Yasir Shah
    :pak: Sohail Khan
    :pak: Tabish Khan
    :pak: Mir Hamza

    ODIs
    :pak:
    Mohammad Hafeez
    :pak: Sarfraz Ahmed :wkb: :c:
    :pak: Babar Azam
    :pak: Haris Sohail
    :pak: Shoaib Malik
    :pak: Mohammad Nawaz
    :pak: Fahim Ashraf
    :pak: Zafar Gohar
    :pak: Mohammad Aamir
    :pak: Junaid Khan
    :pak: Sadaf Hussain

    T20Is
    :pak:
    Sharjeel Khan
    :pak: Fakhar Zaman
    :pak: Khalid Latif
    :pak: Umar Akmal
    :pak: Iftikhar Ahmed
    :pak: Imad Wasim :c:
    :pak: Aamir Yamin
    :pak: Sohail Tanvir
    :pak: Saifullah Bangash :wk:
    :pak: Amad Butt
    :pak: Mohammad Asghar


    Not bad at all.
     
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  6. Aislabie Proud Associate Cricket Fan

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    Afghanistan Test XI
    :afg: :bat: Noor Ali Zadran
    :afg: :bat: Shabir Noori
    :afg: :ar: Rahmat Shah
    :afg: :bat: Hashmatullah Shahidi
    :afg: :bat: Asghar Stanikzai :c:
    :afg: :bat: Noor-ul-Haq
    :afg: :wkb: Afsar Zazai :wk:
    :afg: :bwl: Yamin Ahmadzai
    :afg: :bwl: Izatullah Dawlatzai
    :afg: :bwl: Zahir Khan
    :afg: :bwl: Sayed Shirzad

    A rather long tail, but still a serious bowling attack. There aren't any really dashing batsmen here, although Stanikzai knows how to play his strokes - the focus is much more on playing the kind of innings Hashmatullah plays all the time in domestic cricket.

    Afghanistan ODI XI
    :afg: :bat: Usman Ghani
    :afg: :bat: Javed Ahmadi
    :afg: :bat: Karim Sadiq
    :afg: :bat: Nawroz Mangal
    :afg: :ar: Samiullah Shenwari :c:
    :afg: :ar: Mohammad Nabi
    :afg: :wkb: Munir Ahmad :wk:
    :afg: :ar: Mirwais Ashraf
    :afg: :bwl: Dawlat Zadran
    :afg: :bwl: Shapoor Zadran
    :afg: :bwl: Sharafuddin Ashraf

    This is a team that has more options than the DBC Player Academy, although if you look really carefully you can spot that Karim Sadiq isn't really an international number three. He's there mostly because it's late and I couldn't really think of anyone else right away.

    Afghanistan Twenty20 XI

    :afg: :wkb: Mohammad Shahzad :wk:
    :afg: :bat: Ihsanullah Janat
    :afg: :ar: Tariq Stanikzai
    :afg: :bat: Najibullah Zadran
    :afg: :ar: Gulbodin Naib
    :afg: :wkb: Shafiqullah Shenwari
    :afg: :ar: Rashid Khan
    :afg: :bwl: Hamid Hassan :c:
    :afg: :bwl: Aftab Alam
    :afg: :bwl: Amir Hamza
    :afg: :bwl: Fareed Ahmad

    Again, this isn't really a star-studded team, but with Mohammad Shahzad to get the runs and Hamid Hassan to get the wickets, not to mention Rashid Khan to do both, they really should be fine. Also, Najibullah, Gulbodin, Shafiq and Rashid all hit a cricket ball very cleanly indeed, so Ihsan and Tariq are free to work the ball around and support whoever they're batting with.
     
  7. CaptainCremer #MusakandaMania

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    Test XI:

    Tino Mawoyo
    Nkosana Mpofu
    Prince Masvaure
    Craig Ervine
    Regis Chakabva :wk:
    Sean Williams
    Graeme Cremer :c:
    Wellington Masakadza
    Carl Mumba
    Chris Mpofu
    Victor Nyauchi

    A very workman like XI with a long tail. Sean Williams provides the quick scoring when needed, and Cremer would need to continue his good form with the bat.

    ODI XI:

    Chamu Chibhabha
    Brian Chari
    Tarisai Musakanda
    Ryan Burl
    Sikandar Raza :c:
    Peter Moor
    Ryan Murray :wk:
    Neville Madziva
    Tendai Chisoro
    Donald Tiripano
    Brian Vitori / Tinashe Panyangara

    The team bats all the way down to eleven, which will help when he have a collapse. Murray should provide safe hands behind the stumps, taking any opportunity that comes to him, and he would contribute with the bat too. Probably the strongest of the three teams.

    T20I XI:

    Hamilton Masakadza
    Cephas Zhuwao
    Malcolm Waller :wk:
    Elton Chigumbura
    Nathan Waller
    Tinotenda Mutombodzi :c:
    Luke Jongwe
    Shingi Masakadza
    Tapiwa Mufudza
    Trevor Garwe
    Tendai Chatara

    An aggressive XI down to five, which will likely go down swinging. Shingi occasionally provides some lower-order hitting as well. The bowling will be expensive, but they can all take wickets too.
     
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  8. zwarrior International Coach

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    Wow. It was difficult to choose players. I didn't know we had so many back up players. It was definitely hard to leave out few guys.


    India Test XI

    :ind::bat: Murali Vijay
    :ind::bat: Gautam Gambhir
    :ind::bat: Cheteshwar Pujara
    :ind::bat: Virat Kohli :c:
    :ind::bat: Ajinkya Rahane
    :ind::ar: R Ashwin
    :ind::wkb: W Saha
    :ind::ar: J Yadav
    :ind::bwl: I Sharma
    :ind::bwl: U Yadav
    :ind::bwl: M Shami


    :ind::bat: Karun Nair
    :ind::bat: Shikhar Dhawan
    :ind::bat: Shreyas Iyer
    :ind::bwl: Vinay Kumar
    :ind::ar: Rishi Dhawan
    :ind::wkb: Naman Ojha


    Haven't included R Jadeja because he is not much effective with the ball overseas and he will be a better fit in ODI. It was very hard to leave out Karun Nair, but had no other choice. Chose Gambhir over Shreyas Iyer as we will get Right-Left combination. I have include Vinay Kumar as back up player as he consistently perform well in Domestic matches and same goes to Rishi Dhawan. Karun Nair is back up for Rahane. Iyer for GG and Rishi Dhawan for Jayant Yadav.


    India ODI XI


    :ind::bat: Rohit Sharma
    :ind::bat: KL Rahul
    :ind::bat: Ambati Rayudu
    :ind::ar: Yuvraj Singh
    :ind::wkb: MS Dhoni :c:
    :ind::ar: Hardik Pandya
    :ind::ar: R Jadeja
    :ind::bwl: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
    :ind::bwl: Amit Mishra
    :ind::bwl: Praveen Kumar
    :ind::bwl: J Bumrah


    :ind::arwk: Kedar Jadhav
    :ind::bat: Mayank Agarwal
    :ind::bwl: Mohith Sharma
    :ind::bwl: Kuldeep Yadav
    :ind::wkb: Dinesh Karthik
    :ind::bat: Mandeep Singh

    Ambati Rayudu is one of the unluckiest player. He is amazing but he doesn't get chance to perform. So, he is the best fit in Kohli's spot. And I have included Praveen Kumar as he was very effective before his injury and now he is improving. It was hard to leave out Kedar Jadhav because Yuvraj Singh is in that spot. Even Kedar Jadhav has performed very well but, tough luck. Mandeep Singh is back up opener and Kedar Jadhav is back up for #4 or #5 and Mayank Agarwal is back up for Rayudu.


    India T20I XI


    :ind::wkb: Rishabh Pant
    :ind::bat: Robin Uthappa
    :ind::bat: Manish Pandey
    :ind::ar: Suresh Raina :c:
    :ind::ar: Yusuf Pathan
    :ind::bat: Sarfaraz Khan
    :ind::ar: Axar Patel
    :ind::bwl: Dhawal Kulkarni
    :ind::bwl: Y Chahal
    :ind::bwl: Ashish Nehra
    :ind::bwl: Barinder Sran


    :ind::bwl: Praveen Tambe
    :ind::wkb: Parthiv Patel
    :ind::bat: SuryaKumar Yadav
    :ind::bat: Deepak Hooda
    :ind::ar: Irfan Pathan
    :ind::bwl: Harbhajan Singh

    Have got few uncapped players.

    I have made Raina as captain because he is the one with good experience and he has captained GL to play offs. Yusuf Pathan is a must in T20I. He can beat the hell out of any bowler and we need that kind of player in the team. He can even play patiently in case collapse happens and he is a handy bowler. Sarfaraz Khan might be surprise to few but he is very very effective. He has proved it in IPL. He has proved it in U19. Rishabh Pant needs no justification. He is perfect fit there. Dhawal is someone like Bhuvi who can be effective with the new ball. Chahal has been very very good for RCB and he deserves that spot. Even the back up players are good. Parthiv for Pant, Yadav for Sarfaraz, Deepak Hoods for Yusuf. Bowling looks like a concern but it is not. Nehra, Chahal and Axar can definitely control. Sran and Dhawal can be good on their day but expensive. Yusuf and Raina are handy too who can pick wickets as well as bowl economically. But all these players have got experience in pressure situations thanks to IPL.
     
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  9. Markkkkk Panel of Selectors

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    Test

    :bat:The Better Cook
    :bat:Dean Elgar
    :bat:Heino Kuhn
    :bat:Faf Du Plessis :c:
    :bat:Temba Bavuma
    :wk:Dane Vilas
    :ar:Dwaine Pretorius
    :ar:Keshav Maharaj
    :ar:Vernon Philander
    :bwl:Dale Steyn
    :bwl:Kagiso Rabada

    Pretty much our current line up minus JP, Amla and de Kock

    ODI
    :wkb:Quinton de Kock
    :bat:Hashim Amla
    :ar:Colin Ackermann
    :bat:AB de Villiers :c:
    :bat:David Miller
    :bat:Aiden Markram
    :ar:JP Duminy
    :bwl:Morne Morkel
    :bwl:Hardus Viljoen
    :bwl:Dane Paterson
    :bwl:Imran Tahir

    Once again incredibly strong. Miller can bat in the top 5 as if he gets time he's an insane ODI batsmen. Rilee would have opened but you know...

    T20
    :ar:JJ Smuts
    :bat:Rassie van der Dussen
    :wkb:Heinrich Klaasen
    :ar:Cameron Delport
    :bat:Farhaan Behardien
    :ar:Albie Morkel :c:
    :ar:Wayne Parnell
    :ar:Chris Morris
    :ar:Bjorn Fortuin
    :bwl:Marchant de Lange
    :bwl:Andrew Birch

    That's a scary line up. Could score 300 on it's day.

    Would have been easier if 90 players weren't getting Kolpak deals. This shows how good our bowling depth is.
     
  10. CerealKiller National Board President

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    I really like 'em, although, I think I'd swap Sarfaraz and Kamran if they were my teams.

    And where's Junaid?
     
  12. CerealKiller National Board President

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    Forgot him :p
    Added to the ODI team
     
  13. CaptainCremer #MusakandaMania

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    Ackermann accepted a kolpak deal too.
     
  14. Markkkkk Panel of Selectors

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    CSA need to get their act together.
     
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    Australia Test

    Matt Renshaw
    David Warner
    Usman Khawaja
    Steve Smith
    Peter Handscomb
    Kyle Patterson
    Peter Nevill
    Mitchell Starc
    Josh Hazlewood
    Nathan Lyon
    Jackson Bird

    It's a settled line up already but I'd like to see Patterson or Lehmann get a go at 6.

    Australia ODI

    Aaron Finch
    Shaun Marsh
    George Bailey
    Travis Head
    Chris Lynn
    Matthew Wade
    Mitchell Marsh
    James Faulkner
    John Hastings
    Pat Cummins
    Adam Zampa

    Not as strong without the test players in this team. I'd say not a good team at all
     
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