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    Sanga ain't going to get in here. It's nuts.

    Average by country as a specialist batsman:

    In Australia: 77.28 (4 Tests)
    In Bangladesh: 95.42 (4 Tests)
    In England: 52.60 (5 Tests)
    In India: 48.20 (3 Tests)
    In New Zealand: 80.50 (4 Tests)
    In Pakistan: 60.00 (3 Tests)
    In South Africa: 37.20 (5 Tests)
    In Sri Lanka: 70.07 (47 Tests)
    In UAE: 62.00 (6 Tests)
    In West Indies: 42.80 (3 Tests)
    In Zimbabwe: 140.50 (2 Tests)
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    I must admit that I sat down after doing my pick and thought of Sangakara. Oh well!

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    Kumar Sangakkara
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    Much like DW i would have had Kallis in here but i'll leave him for the all rounder. This was tough because i could quite easily have included Ponting, Waugh, Dravid etc so those of you who are picking players before the 90's too must have had it really tough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    We not doing a specialist #3 for this then? Ok, no worries.

    Ricky Ponting
    Brian Lara
    Kumar Sangakkara
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Steve Smith

    That's just ridiculous. Plus all the players I've left out (Kallis missing as I'll save him for the all-rounder rather than waste him here).
    On the No.3 point, I did a separate vote for the England team as we struggled to get someone decent there and I didn't want to fill the three spots with nobody who would bat there. On the World side there should be an array of talent who would.

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    I can't seem to find Sanga's record at Warwickshire. From what I recall it wasnt up to the high standards elsewhere in his career?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffer Grouse View Post
    I can't seem to find Sanga's record at Warwickshire. From what I recall it wasnt up to the high standards elsewhere in his career?
    He was there when the team imploded under Greatbatch and were relegated. I think he did ok individually although didn't reach his Surrey heights

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    Sanga ain't going to get in here. It's nuts.

    Average by country as a specialist batsman:

    In Australia: 77.28 (4 Tests)
    In Bangladesh: 95.42 (4 Tests)
    In England: 52.60 (5 Tests)
    In India: 48.20 (3 Tests)
    In New Zealand: 80.50 (4 Tests)
    In Pakistan: 60.00 (3 Tests)
    In South Africa: 37.20 (5 Tests)
    In Sri Lanka: 70.07 (47 Tests)
    In UAE: 62.00 (6 Tests)
    In West Indies: 42.80 (3 Tests)
    In Zimbabwe: 140.50 (2 Tests)
    Figures stack up! Better than many of us think! I certainly didn't think he was that consistent. And a keeper. Two birds and all that!
    Carole Baskin is to blame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyber-_-man View Post
    Figures stack up! Better than many of us think! I certainly didn't think he was that consistent. And a keeper. Two birds and all that!
    Ignore me. I didn’t read your reply properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffer Grouse View Post
    Ignore me. I didn’t read your reply properly.
    Average over 40 as a keeper and a good one at that. He would be a shoe in bar Gilchrist.
    Carole Baskin is to blame.

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    Only one poster has gone for Dravid. That tells you everything about how fierce the competition is.
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    Kumar Sangakkara
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    Viv Richards
    Brian Lara
    Steve Smith
    Wolves have ambition and wit... why is it such a crime?

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    I'll keep this open until 4pm today as a couple more entries could make the difference.

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    Kumar Sangakkara

    Ricky Ponting

    Brian Lara

    Sachin Tendulkar

    Rahul Dravid

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    Viv Richards
    Alan Border
    Javed Miandad
    Brian Lara
    Kumar Sangakkara

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    Viv Richards
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Brian Lara
    Kumar Sangakkara
    Kevin Pietersen
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    The propaganda campaign might end up working
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    Positions 3 to 5 Results

    Brian Lara 42
    Viv Richards 32
    Sachin Tendulkar 32
    Kumar Sangakkara 24
    Ricky Ponting 21
    Alan Border 10
    Steve Smith 9
    Javed Miandad 3
    Keving Pietersen 3
    Zaheer Abbas 1
    Virat Kohli 1
    David Gower 1
    Rahul Dravd 1

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    All Rounder Next.....

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    Booooooo, fell short.

    Can't really argue with the winners though.

    Averages at 3:

    Viv: 3508 runs @ 61.54
    Lara: 3749 runs @ 62.36
    Tendulkar: Never batted at three
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    All rounder:

    Jacques Kallis
    Chris Cairns
    Shakib Al Hasan
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    J. Kallis
    S Waugh
    B. Stokes

    Never saw the best of Dev, Khan or Botham sadly.

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    Likewise on the latter three.

    Steve Waugh was brilliant, again though his bowling days were largely done by my time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    Booooooo, fell short.

    Can't really argue with the winners though.

    Averages at 3:

    Viv: 3508 runs @ 61.54
    Lara: 3749 runs @ 62.36
    Tendulkar: Never batted at three
    You are quoting Brian Lara's strike rate at 3 rather than average of 60.47.

    Viv has the best average at 3 (61.54) Sachin at 4 (54.40) and 5 (59.69). Lara's average at 5 was just 41.23 as opposed to 51.26 at 4. Line up so far is below.

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    World XI so far....

    1. M Hayden
    2. G. Smith
    3. V. Richards
    4. B Lara
    5. S.Tendulkar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sniffer Grouse View Post
    You are quoting BC Lara's strike rate at 3 rather than average of 60.47.
    Hey look, I never said I could read.
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    Jacques Kallis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsch Wolf View Post
    Hey look, I never said I could read.
    If you could remember those numbers I would be worried.

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    Hadlee
    Kallis
    Botham

    Hadlee, whilst first and foremost a bowling all rounder took 431 wickets at 22! 22! 6 however is too high to bat him. So the keeper would get the six spot if Sir Richard wins. He won't.
    Carole Baskin is to blame.

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    Do we really need Kallis's ridiculous batting stats at 6 or do we need more of a front line bowler and pick Warne and Murali?

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    Khan
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    If you want an all rounder with the best balanced stats it's Khan. 38 with the bat, 23 with the ball.

    Hadlee was a tremendous bowler, but that's what he was really despite being a dangerous lower order batsman. Can't get in this side with an average of 27.

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