Draft: The Quiz Draft

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Which was your favourite team?

Poll closed Sep 16, 2019.
  1. Blockerdave's XI

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  2. CerealKiller's XI

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  3. Rebel2k19's XI

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  4. Sinister One's XI

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  5. Survivor's XI

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  6. VC the Slogger's XI

    16.7%
  7. Villain's XI

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  8. Aislabie's Secret XI

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  1. Aislabie Custodian of the MCC Snuffbox

    Aislabie
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    Post-Draft Review Part Three: The Final Teams


    @blockerdave's XI
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    01 - :eng: :bat: Tom Graveney
    02 - :eng: :bat: Rachael Heyhoe-Flint
    03 - :eng: :bat: Ted Dexter
    04 - :ind: :bat: Sourav Ganguly
    05 - :wi: :bat: Clive Lloyd :c:
    06 - :eng: :wk: Ben Foakes
    07 - :eng: :ar: Ken Graveney
    08 - :aus: :ar: Mitchell Johnson
    09 - :wi: :bwl: Andy Roberts
    10 - :aus: :bwl: Shane Warne
    11 - :aus: :bwl: Shaun Tait

    Completed after Round Thirteen

    :tick: There are no easy options in the bowling attack: Johnson, Tait and Roberts, while not being your the typical pace trident, are all express and all very different bowlers. Then when they get tired you have the leg-spin of Shane Warne.
    :tick: You can guarantee a well-led team with all of those successful Test captains to bounce ideas off each other.
    :x: As you have pointed out yourself, it's probably a batsman light; perfectly understandable though given the difficulties of constructing a balanced team with moving goalposts.



    @CerealKiller's XI
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    01 - :aus: :bat: Archie Jackson
    02 - :aus: :bat: Meg Lanning
    03 - :ind: :bat: Sachin Tendulkar
    04 - :pak: :bat: Javed Miandad
    05 - :aus: :bat: Steve Waugh
    06 - :pak: :ar: Imran Khan
    07 - :saf: :ar: Shaun Pollock
    08 - :sri: :wk: Prasanna Jayawardene
    09 - :saf: :bwl: Vince van der Bijl
    10 - :wi: :bwl: Curtly Ambrose
    11 - :aus: :bwl: Ranji Hordern

    Completed after Round Twenty-Two

    :tick: A phenomenal engine room of a middle-order; everyone from two to six averaged over fifty for prolonged periods of their Test careers.
    :tick: A fantastic pace quartet of Ambrose, van der Bijl, Pollock and Imran. Would be a horrendous prospect for a batsman.
    :x: This team does slightly lack quality spin. Ranji Hordern had fantastic stats from his short career, but as with all small sample sizes there's a fair margin of error.



    @Rebel2k19's XI
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    01 - :eng: :ar: WG Grace
    02 - :eng: :bat: John Langridge
    03 - :ind: :bat: Rahul Dravid
    04 - :ind: :bat: Rohit Sharma
    05 - :eng: :wk: Sarah Taylor
    06 - :aus: :ar: Shane Watson
    07 - :eng: :ar: Andrew Flintoff
    08 - :sri: :bwl: Rangana Herath
    09 - :eng: :bwl: Tony Lock
    10 - :eng: :bwl: George Lohmann
    11 - :sri: :bwl: Lasith Malinga

    Completed after Round Twenty-One

    :tick: This team has a fantastically varied seven-man bowling attack. Bowlers like Lasith Malinga, even if his best didn't come in Test cricket in real life, would be able to flourish as a "luxury bowler" in a strong attack.
    :tick: With WG on your side, you know that there's a fair chance your opponents will come to some misfortune that betters your chances of winning.
    :x: Although you do have good all-rounders in Watson and Flintoff, this team feels a batsman or two short compared to some others. I do think Rohit Sharma is a deeply under-rated Test player, but he's also not a GOAT top-four player. Again though, a lot of this is to do with the draft format.



    @Sinister One's XI
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    01 - :saf: :bat: Graeme Smith
    02 - :saf: :bat: Kepler Wessels
    03 - :aus: :bat: Justin Langer
    04 - :pak: :bat: Mohammad Yousuf
    05 - :aus: :bat: Michael Hussey
    06 - :aus: :ar: Frank Tarrant
    07 - :eng: :wk: Matt Prior
    08 - :nzf: :ar: Richard Hadlee
    09 - :wi: :ar: Sydney Smith
    10 - :saf: :bwl: Dale Steyn
    11 - :sri: :bwl: Nuwan Zoysa

    Completed after Round Twenty-One

    :tick: Your more left-field picks (such as Tarrant and Sydney Smith) were strong selections, and don't provide a big weak-link in this team.
    :tick: In Smith, Wessels, Langer, Yousuf and Hussey, every member of your top five values their wicket extremely highly and will be prepared to fight through even the toughest periods.
    :x: Although the left-field picks are very good, the fact that most of your more recognised players are batsmen does leave Hadlee and Steyn with a huge share of the workload.



    @Survivor's XI
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    01 - :aus: :bat: Victor Trumper
    02 - :nzf: :wk: Brendon McCullum
    03 - :aus: :bat: Ian Chappell :c:
    04 - :aus: :bat: Dean Jones
    05 - :aus: :bat: Greg Chappell
    06 - :aus: :ar: Trevor Chappell
    07 - :ned: :bat: Tom Cooper
    08 - :eng: :ar: Nat Sciver
    09 - :eng: :bwl: Jofra Archer
    10 - :eng: :bwl: Phil Edmonds
    11 - :saf: :bwl: Allan Donald

    Completed after Round Eleven

    :tick: The Chappell brothers were a great selection; right up there in all-time sets of cricketing brothers.
    :tick: Because your team was settled very early on, they would have ample time to gel together as a unit before the hypothetical tournament these teams would have been picked for. To see the importance of this, look at the ICC Super Series in 2005.
    :x: Of all the bowling attacks I've seen, this is the one I'd least not-want to face. Archer and Donald are quick, but if you can survive them then there's nothing that'll really worry you as a batsman.



    @VC the slogger's XI
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    01 - :wi: :ar: Chris Gayle
    02 - :eng: :bat: Alastair Cook
    03 - :wi: :bat: Frank Worrell
    04 - :ire: :bat: Eoin Morgan
    05 - :wi: :ar: Garry Sobers
    06 - :ban: :wk: Mushfiqur Rahim
    07 - :saf: :ar: Mike Procter
    08 - :usa: :ar: Bart King
    09 - :aus: :bwl: Dennis Lillee
    10 - :wi: :bwl: Michael Holding
    11 - :eng: :bwl: Charlie Parker

    Completed after Round Twenty-Three

    :tick: Lots of multi-faceted cricketers. Having all-rounders like Sobers, Procter and King is obviously an enormous plus, but even guys like Gayle and Worrell offer a bit of something with the ball.
    :tick: Again, there are plenty of astute leaders in this team, but you imagine they would all fall into line behind a huge dressing room presence like Frank Worrell.
    :x: The two youngest players in this side seem like the weakest links; Eoin Morgan at four against the likes of Imran Khan wouldn't inspire confidence, and I still have no idea how to rate Mushfiqur even as we're now into the fifteenth year of his international career or something like that.



    @Villain's XI
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    01 - :ire: :bat: Ed Joyce
    02 - :sri: :bat: Mahela Jayawardene
    03 - :aus: :bat: Steve Smith
    04 - :wi: :bat: Viv Richards
    05 - :saf: :ar: Jacques Kallis
    06 - :ind: :bat: Mithali Raj
    07 - :aus: :ar: Shane Lee
    08 - :eng: :wk: Andy Wilson
    09 - :aus: :bwl: Brett Lee
    10 - :aus: :bwl: Josh Hazlewood
    11 - :ind: :bwl: Jasprit Bumrah

    Completed after Round Twenty

    :tick: Lots of excellent pace options, especially the likes of Lee and Bumrah who make you fear for your life as well as your wicket. Bumrah may already be India's fast bowling GOAT and there's still so much more to come from him.
    :tick: A three-four-five of Smith, Richards and Kallis is terrifying, even if they are in the wrong order. I personally think it should be Kallis-Smith-Richards, but they're all so good it literally doesn't matter.
    :x: You don't have a spinner. I only noticed it just now, but any spinning duties will end up falling to Smith and Richards, unless Kallis has a hidden talent for Big Unit off-breaks.



    @Aislabie's Secret XI
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    01 - :pak: :bat: Hanif Mohammad
    02 - :pak: :bat: Sadiq Mohammad
    03 - :eng: :ar: Wally Hammond
    04 - :aus: :ar: Mark Waugh
    05 - :pak: :bat: Wazir Mohammad
    06 - :pak: :ar: Mushtaq Mohammad
    07 - :pak: :bat: Raees Mohammad
    08 - :ind: :wk: MS Dhoni
    09 - :afg: :ar: Rashid Khan
    10 - :wi: :bwl: Colin Croft
    11 - :wi: :bwl: Tony Gray

    Picked in the background while the draft was going on; players in this team were still fair game for others, which was how we lost Mike Procter.

    :tick: The batting strength is incredibly deep; MS Dhoni bats at number eight in this team, which means he'll probably never get in because Hanif and Hammond are both in the top three.
    :tick: Two very different leg-spinners in Rashid and Mushtaq would provide a constant threat on a turning pitch.
    :x: After picking five Mohammads, I had hardly any room left for quick bowlers. This means that Wally Hammond is my third seamer.
     
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  2. Villain ICC Board Member

    Villain
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    You're right, I tried my best picking a specialist spinner but failed in the end due to the interesting format. I also agree with all the points you listed regarding my team. It was a very fun draft so thank you for the effort that went behind it. :thumbs

    I'll vote for @CerealKiller's team - Tendulkar, Miandad, Imran, Pollock and Ambrose are deadly at any given stage. Not much spin options is the only drawback other than that a solid team having a lot of my favorites.
     
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  3. Aislabie Custodian of the MCC Snuffbox

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    Yeah, it's very difficult to get a well-balanced team in this. You could be holding off and holding off to get a spinner and then the question is "pick a West Indian fast bowler"
     
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  4. CerealKiller Staff Member

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    I would've had the perfect team if i hadn't boxed myself in a corner by putting off the spinner pick. Anyway, Hordern would at least provide a rest to the quicks :p
     
  5. CerealKiller Staff Member

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    As a side note, my "deliberately wrong pick" was Nawaz Sharif, the ex-PM of Pakistan, who actually played one solitary FC match.
     
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  6. Aislabie Custodian of the MCC Snuffbox

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    You would have had a perfect team if you'd gone for Clarrie Grimmett, Bill O'Reilly or even Sanath Jayasuriya (would have been strictly a stock spinner, but he'd have done a job). I'm sure there are others but those are the three I thought of - to coin a phrase - off the top of my head
     
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  7. User2010 Administrator

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    Agreed about a batsman short. I won't say 2 though because Watson and Flintoff can play match winning knocks. Also with that bowling, I hope I won't need an extra batsman. :p

    I wanted to ask if Langridge was a good enough pick at the time I picked him? Or I could have gone with someone else?
     
  8. CerealKiller Staff Member

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    This draft deserves a reboot, it was really fun @Aislabie
     
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  9. Aislabie Custodian of the MCC Snuffbox

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    Thank you; it's a lot of work to run, but if I do it again I might get participants to submit two questions each, then generate them in a random order. Could potentially be a little bit fairer than the way I did it here whereby I was the only one who knew what was coming, and also had to think of weird and wonderful parameters.

    Probably my favourite one was the Bopara's Bunnies round, because there was absolutely no good reason to have thought of it, let alone included it
     
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