Post-Draft Review Part Three: The Final Teams @blockerdave's XI --------- 01 - Tom Graveney 02 - Rachael Heyhoe-Flint 03 - Ted Dexter 04 - Sourav Ganguly 05 - Clive Lloyd 06 - Ben Foakes 07 - Ken Graveney 08 - Mitchell Johnson 09 - Andy Roberts 10 - Shane Warne 11 - Shaun Tait Completed after Round Thirteen 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. You can guarantee a well-led team with all of those successful Test captains to bounce ideas off each other. 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 --------- 01 - Archie Jackson 02 - Meg Lanning 03 - Sachin Tendulkar 04 - Javed Miandad 05 - Steve Waugh 06 - Imran Khan 07 - Shaun Pollock 08 - Prasanna Jayawardene 09 - Vince van der Bijl 10 - Curtly Ambrose 11 - Ranji Hordern Completed after Round Twenty-Two A phenomenal engine room of a middle-order; everyone from two to six averaged over fifty for prolonged periods of their Test careers. A fantastic pace quartet of Ambrose, van der Bijl, Pollock and Imran. Would be a horrendous prospect for a batsman. 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 --------- 01 - WG Grace 02 - John Langridge 03 - Rahul Dravid 04 - Rohit Sharma 05 - Sarah Taylor 06 - Shane Watson 07 - Andrew Flintoff 08 - Rangana Herath 09 - Tony Lock 10 - George Lohmann 11 - Lasith Malinga Completed after Round Twenty-One 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. 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. 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 --------- 01 - Graeme Smith 02 - Kepler Wessels 03 - Justin Langer 04 - Mohammad Yousuf 05 - Michael Hussey 06 - Frank Tarrant 07 - Matt Prior 08 - Richard Hadlee 09 - Sydney Smith 10 - Dale Steyn 11 - Nuwan Zoysa Completed after Round Twenty-One 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. 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. 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 --------- 01 - Victor Trumper 02 - Brendon McCullum 03 - Ian Chappell 04 - Dean Jones 05 - Greg Chappell 06 - Trevor Chappell 07 - Tom Cooper 08 - Nat Sciver 09 - Jofra Archer 10 - Phil Edmonds 11 - Allan Donald Completed after Round Eleven The Chappell brothers were a great selection; right up there in all-time sets of cricketing brothers. 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. 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 --------- 01 - Chris Gayle 02 - Alastair Cook 03 - Frank Worrell 04 - Eoin Morgan 05 - Garry Sobers 06 - Mushfiqur Rahim 07 - Mike Procter 08 - Bart King 09 - Dennis Lillee 10 - Michael Holding 11 - Charlie Parker Completed after Round Twenty-Three 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. 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. 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 --------- 01 - Ed Joyce 02 - Mahela Jayawardene 03 - Steve Smith 04 - Viv Richards 05 - Jacques Kallis 06 - Mithali Raj 07 - Shane Lee 08 - Andy Wilson 09 - Brett Lee 10 - Josh Hazlewood 11 - Jasprit Bumrah Completed after Round Twenty 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. 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. 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 --------- 01 - Hanif Mohammad 02 - Sadiq Mohammad 03 - Wally Hammond 04 - Mark Waugh 05 - Wazir Mohammad 06 - Mushtaq Mohammad 07 - Raees Mohammad 08 - MS Dhoni 09 - Rashid Khan 10 - Colin Croft 11 - 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. 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. Two very different leg-spinners in Rashid and Mushtaq would provide a constant threat on a turning pitch. After picking five Mohammads, I had hardly any room left for quick bowlers. This means that Wally Hammond is my third seamer.