England in the 90s man. The stuff writes its self if you pick the right players
You're not wrong. Dave's Richard Blakey comment led me to this video:
I came away with several conclusions.
- Richard Blakey might be the worst player of spin I've seen at any level of cricket.
- Neil Fairbrother, Richard Blakey, Ian Salisbury and Paul Jarvis all played together in a single Test XI.
- Neutral umpires are the best thing to happen to Test cricket in 50 years.
- Anil Kumble was very good.
- Sachin Tendulkar was a fantastic close catcher.
- 00s Bangladesh would have a chance playing at home against 90s England.
- "Howzat Dad?" "Out, son."
One of my favourite 90s England lines is from a description of the 1990 Rebel Tour:Pretty much. I'm like a year behind Dave so I've not really experienced the total dross yet. The way we picked bowlers in the 90s was the most scattergun of scattergun approaches.
Like, that's not just "three players were England captains", but "three players were England captains in the same five-Test series". Even better is that by the fifth Test, all three had been sacked and Graham Gooch appointed.Three of the English players, Mike Gatting, John Emburey and Chris Cowdrey, had served as England captain during the 1988 West Indies tour to England, while a number had full Test caps.
One of my favourite 90s England lines is from a description of the 1990 Rebel Tour:
Like, that's not just "three players were England captains", but "three players were England captains in the same five-Test series". Even better is that by the fifth Test, all three had been sacked and Graham Gooch appointed.
My day is always brightened by a reminder of that series.
As with all England sides in the 90s, the issue is balancing the side... add Ellison and French you’re light on batting. Swap Ellison for Jarvis and Barnett and French you’re maybe light on batting... push Barnett up the order, stick Athey at 6 and tell him to keep, with Ellison 7 and you’ve a poor man’s Alec Stewart followed by a less fashionable Derek Pringle (which is saying something.)
Well I've already decided how I'm planning to balance my side in this draft. It's not ideal to put it out in the open because it all but guarantees I won't get the players I need, but I'm looking at something like this:
It'll be a bit light on batting, but it's the way I think I'd be most likely to win Test matches. Of course, it also makes the draw fearsomely unlikely...
- Top-order batsman
- Top-order batsman
- David Gower
- Angus Fraser
- Devon Malcolm
There's also a non-zero chance I might make Crawley or Maynard pull an Alec Stewart if it's a choice between them and Steve Rhodes. Alternatively I could just pick Richard Blakey for the memes