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    Your current World Test XI

    If you had to put together a world XI I. The test format who would make the cut? Please don’t just fill it with your countrymen. Their is no quota on how many players from a certai. Country. Pick solely based is skill and who deserves it. Mine would be:

    Warner
    Amla
    Smith (C)
    Kohli
    Root
    De kock (WK)
    Stokes
    Ashwin
    starc
    rabada
    Shah

    Bench
    Steyn
    Bairstow
    Abbas

    I understand Warner and smith are on ban however they’d be back soon and both walk into a world XI without even a game.

    What’s yours?

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    Assuming all-conditions and Steve Smith is ineligible:

    1. Elgar
    2. Markram
    3. Williamson
    4. Kohli
    5. Root
    6. Stokes
    7. Bairstow (wk)
    8. Rabada
    9. Lyon
    10. Bumrah
    11. Anderson

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    Shaw
    rahul
    pujara
    kohli
    rahane
    pant
    jadeja
    ashwin
    u yadav
    bumrah
    k.yadav

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    Quote Originally Posted by saeed5646 View Post
    Shaw
    rahul
    pujara
    kohli
    rahane
    pant
    jadeja
    ashwin
    u yadav
    bumrah
    k.yadav
    Best test side in the world.

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    Warner
    Kane
    Smith
    Kohli
    Root
    Stokes
    De kock
    Ashwin
    Hazlewood
    Rabada
    Boult

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    Quote Originally Posted by Srtfan View Post
    Warner
    Kane
    Smith
    Kohli
    Root
    Stokes
    De kock
    Ashwin
    Hazlewood
    Rabada
    Boult
    Good team. But no starc?

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    @CricketDon I think boult,rabada,& hazlewood are better than strac in test.

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    Warner
    Elgar
    Williamson
    Kohli
    Smith
    Stokes
    De Kock
    Anderson
    Rabada
    Hazelwood
    Lyon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    Warner
    Elgar
    Williamson
    Kohli
    Smith
    Stokes
    De Kock
    Anderson
    Rabada
    Hazelwood
    Lyon
    Lower order runs would be light

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    Lower order runs would be light
    I would rather have specialist bowlers than pick bowlers on batting merit.

    That top 7 not capable of scoring runs then ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hasan123 View Post
    I would rather have specialist bowlers than pick bowlers on batting merit.

    That top 7 not capable of scoring runs then ?
    Stokes and QDK are having a horror time recently.

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    Warner
    Elgar
    Smith(C)
    Kohli
    Williamson
    Stokes
    Watling
    Philander
    Rabada
    Cummins
    Lyon

    In Asia switch Philander for Ashwin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WengerOut View Post
    Stokes and QDK are having a horror time recently.
    Can't last forever.

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    Elgar
    Karunaratne/Warner
    Williamson
    Kohli (c)
    Root/Smith
    Stokes
    Bairstow (k)
    Ashwin
    Starc
    Rabada
    Abbas

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    M Vijay
    D Elgar
    S Smith
    V Kohli
    K Williamson (c)
    J Bairstow (w)
    S Al Hasan/B Stokes
    R Ashwin
    M Starc
    K Rabada
    J Anderson


    Switch between Shakib and Stokes based on conditions.
    Last edited by the_outsider; 17th October 2018 at 00:28.

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    Elgar
    Aiden M.
    Root
    Kohli (C)
    Williamson (VC)
    Bairstow (wk)
    Stokes
    Shakib
    Cummins
    Rabada
    Anderson

    12th Man: Lyon

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    1.Warner
    2. Shaw
    3. Smith
    4. Kohli (c)
    5. Williamson
    6. Bairstow (Wk)
    7. Stokes/Shakib (Depending on conditions)
    8. Ashwin/Maharaj (great record against good players of spin)/Lyon (same)
    9. Rabada
    10. Anderson
    11. Abbas/Philander (Abbas on dead pitches)

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    If you had to put together a world XI I. The test format who would make the cut? Please don’t just fill it with your countrymen. Their is no quota on how many players from a certai. Country. Pick solely based is skill and who deserves it. Mine would be:

    Warner
    Amla
    Smith (C)
    Kohli
    Root
    De kock (WK)
    Stokes
    Ashwin
    starc
    rabada
    Shah

    Bench
    Steyn
    Bairstow
    Abbas

    I understand Warner and smith are on ban however they’d be back soon and both walk into a world XI without even a game.

    What’s yours?
    hmm current, let's see, i won't include the banned players so:

    Mendis
    Karunaratne
    Williamson
    Root
    Kohli (c)
    Buttler (wk)
    Ashwin
    Rabada
    Lyon
    Philander
    Abbas

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    I would say: -

    Elgar
    Warner/Karunaratne
    Kane
    Kohli
    Smith/Root
    Stokes
    Bairstow(wkt)
    Ashwin
    Cummins
    Rabada
    Anderson

    Unfortunate but there are just not enough options at the top. Eventually had to go with Elgar and Warner/Karunaratne(if Warner doesn't count). Aiden was horrible in SL recently.

    Kane, Smith, Kohli, Stokes obvious ones. Joe Root gets in if Smith doesn't count.

    Fast bowlers, again on form, obvious names- Jimmy, Rabada and Cummins. Cummins is the best Australian bowler on form.

    Ashwin, not the very best option, but given longevity and other options available, he takes it IMO. Also, India being a no.1 team currently deserves to have atleast two names in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I would say: -

    Elgar
    Warner/Karunaratne
    Kane
    Kohli
    Smith/Root
    Stokes
    Bairstow(wkt)
    Ashwin
    Cummins
    Rabada
    Anderson

    Unfortunate but there are just not enough options at the top. Eventually had to go with Elgar and Warner/Karunaratne(if Warner doesn't count). Aiden was horrible in SL recently.

    Kane, Smith, Kohli, Stokes obvious ones. Joe Root gets in if Smith doesn't count.

    Fast bowlers, again on form, obvious names- Jimmy, Rabada and Cummins. Cummins is the best Australian bowler on form.

    Ashwin, not the very best option, but given longevity and other options available, he takes it IMO. Also, India being a no.1 team currently deserves to have atleast two names in.
    I think Murli Vijay gets in as an opener before either Elgar or Karunaratne does. Especially the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    If you had to put together a world XI I. The test format who would make the cut? Please don’t just fill it with your countrymen. Their is no quota on how many players from a certai. Country. Pick solely based is skill and who deserves it. Mine would be:

    Warner
    Amla
    Smith (C)
    Kohli
    Root
    De kock (WK)
    Stokes
    Ashwin
    starc
    rabada
    Shah

    Bench
    Steyn
    Bairstow
    Abbas

    I understand Warner and smith are on ban however they’d be back soon and both walk into a world XI without even a game.

    What’s yours?
    Why is Smith batting 3? Why would Williamson, the best number 3 in a generation not included? How is Amla, on current form in there?

    I'll base my XI on the last 10 or so tests played by that player, thus not penalising anyone whose country has not had enough test cricket this year:

    1. A. Markram SA
    2. U. Khawaja AUS
    3. K. Williamson NZ c
    4. V. Kohli IND
    5. AB. de Villiers SA
    6. J. Bairstow ENG wk
    7. J. Holder WI
    8. Y. Shah PAK
    9. K. Rabada SA
    10. J. Anderson ENG
    11. M. Abbas PAK

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    My team

    01. Aiden Markram -SA
    02. Joe Root -ENG
    03. Kane Williamson (C) -NZ
    04. Virat Kohli -IND
    05. AB de Villiers -SA (He will come out of retirement, sorry my fav batsman had to slot him in)
    06. Ben Stokes -ENG
    07. Quinton de Kock (WK) -SA
    08. Yasir Shah -PAK
    09. Kagiso Rabada -SA
    10. James Anderson -ENG
    11. Mohammad Abbas -PAK


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    Quote Originally Posted by the_outsider View Post
    I think Murli Vijay gets in as an opener before either Elgar or Karunaratne does. Especially the latter.
    He used to be a very good opener but on current form, he hasn't been good and also the fact that he doesn't even makes it to the Indian team raises question for his inclusion in World XI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QalandarFan View Post
    My team

    01. Aiden Markram -SA
    02. Joe Root -ENG
    03. Kane Williamson (C) -NZ
    04. Virat Kohli -IND
    05. AB de Villiers -SA (He will come out of retirement, sorry my fav batsman had to slot him in)
    06. Ben Stokes -ENG
    07. Quinton de Kock (WK) -SA
    08. Yasir Shah -PAK
    09. Kagiso Rabada -SA
    10. James Anderson -ENG
    11. Mohammad Abbas -PAK

    In that case I’d like to bring back Sachin and Don Bradman.

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    Funny to see Shah making most teams despite being terrible for 5 and 3/4th days of last test and being bang on average in Australia.


    And I get so high.. And I just can't feel it....

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    Karunaratne
    Warner
    Williamson
    Smith
    Root
    Shakib
    Watling
    Cummins
    Boult
    Rabada
    Lyon

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    1. David Warner
    2. Aiden Markram
    3. Steve Smith
    4. Virat Kohli
    5. Joe Root
    6. Ben Stokes
    7. Quinton de Kock
    8. Nathan Lyon
    9. Kagiso Rabada
    10. Josh Hazlewood
    11. Dale Steyn

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricketDon View Post
    In that case I’d like to bring back Sachin and Don Bradman.
    He just retired like 3 months ago so he's quite recent. Plus he's played test cricket this year, and batted beautifully so he qualifies imo.


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    1. Imam ul Haq (c)
    2. David Warner
    3. Azhar Ali
    4. Virat Kohli
    5. Steve Smith
    6. Quinton de Kock (wk)
    7. Ravichandran Ashwin
    8. Ravindra Jadeja
    9. Mitchell Stark
    10. James Anderson
    11. Mohammed Abbas
    12. Hardik Pandaya
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    Half of the countries that cricket is played in are in Asia, and the current #1 ranked team (India) is an Asian country. But most of the teams above have >=6 players from outside of Asia, even though they typically do badly in Asian conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    Half of the countries that cricket is played in are in Asia, and the current #1 ranked team (India) is an Asian country. But most of the teams above have >=6 players from outside of Asia, even though they typically do badly in Asian conditions.
    That's because the wide range of class in most non Asian teams. For example the fab 4 has only one guy from Asia

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    He used to be a very good opener but on current form, he hasn't been good and also the fact that he doesn't even makes it to the Indian team raises question for his inclusion in World XI.
    I don't think we're only looking at current form rather players who are currently playing test cricket i.e. active test players.

    If it were current form then Bairstow, Stokes and QDK wouldn't be making it into teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_outsider View Post
    M Vijay
    D Elgar
    S Smith
    V Kohli
    K Williamson (c)
    J Bairstow (w)
    S Al Hasan/B Stokes
    R Ashwin
    M Starc
    K Rabada
    J Anderson


    Switch between Shakib and Stokes based on conditions.
    I would keep the same except discard ashwin for Shakib and Stokes. Shakib can do the same job as Ashwin will do with the ball plus a legit batsmen aswell. Same goes for Stokes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    Half of the countries that cricket is played in are in Asia, and the current #1 ranked team (India) is an Asian country. But most of the teams above have >=6 players from outside of Asia, even though they typically do badly in Asian conditions.
    It’s the white quota system.

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    Why is Abbas not in anyone's team? Guy has an average of 16 playing half his matches on dead wickets.


    Sarfi as captain'll lead us to glory.Babar'll be our best odi bat & Haris'll be world class in tests

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    Quote Originally Posted by light View Post
    I would keep the same except discard ashwin for Shakib and Stokes. Shakib can do the same job as Ashwin will do with the ball plus a legit batsmen aswell. Same goes for Stokes.
    Yeah that works too. In Aus/SA/NZ I think even I might go with Shakib over Ashwin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    I would say: -

    Elgar
    Warner/Karunaratne
    Kane
    Kohli
    Smith/Root
    Stokes
    Bairstow(wkt)
    Ashwin
    Cummins
    Rabada
    Anderson

    Unfortunate but there are just not enough options at the top. Eventually had to go with Elgar and Warner/Karunaratne(if Warner doesn't count). Aiden was horrible in SL recently.

    Kane, Smith, Kohli, Stokes obvious ones. Joe Root gets in if Smith doesn't count.

    Fast bowlers, again on form, obvious names- Jimmy, Rabada and Cummins. Cummins is the best Australian bowler on form.

    Ashwin, not the very best option, but given longevity and other options available, he takes it IMO. Also, India being a no.1 team currently deserves to have atleast two names in.
    SUCH MERCIFUL SOUL YOU ARE....i would not pick ashwin anywhere
    bumrah and kohli walk into any team
    jadeja deserves to be in as number 12 and ash at 13 ......

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    Quote Originally Posted by SarfiBabarHaris View Post
    Why is Abbas not in anyone's team? Guy has an average of 16 playing half his matches on dead wickets.
    Sample size


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    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Ragana Herath. The man has been an excellent servent for Sri Lanka and provided them with much needed experience after the retirements of Sanga, Jayawardene, Dilshan and Murali.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Ragana Herath. The man has been an excellent servent for Sri Lanka and provided them with much needed experience after the retirements of Sanga, Jayawardene, Dilshan and Murali.
    Ashwin and shah are ore effective

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    Quote Originally Posted by CricFan2012 View Post
    Sample size
    If we're talking about the best possible CURRENT test 11, a sample size of almost 10 tests is more than enough.

    Quote Originally Posted by TeymurBlake View Post
    I'm surprised that no one has mentioned Ragana Herath. The man has been an excellent servent for Sri Lanka and provided them with much needed experience after the retirements of Sanga, Jayawardene, Dilshan and Murali.
    Just not a good enough overall cricketer as Shah (superior fielder, can work magic with it) and Ashwin (good batsman).

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    Quote Originally Posted by docteurmanish View Post
    SUCH MERCIFUL SOUL YOU ARE....i would not pick ashwin anywhere
    bumrah and kohli walk into any team
    jadeja deserves to be in as number 12 and ash at 13 ......
    Both jadeja and Ashwin are overrated and similar. Let Jadeja play 10-12 tests and again when he will be dropped, same people will say Ashwin is better. They keep rotating between each other.

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    That's some awesome praise coming from a technically equipped batsman like Vaughan. I need to see more of Abbas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Both jadeja and Ashwin are overrated and similar. Let Jadeja play 10-12 tests and again when he will be dropped, same people will say Ashwin is better. They keep rotating between each other.
    Philander has played 55 tests with a batting avg of 25 and bowling avg of 21.5.
    Current bowling ranking of 3 and AR ranking of 4.

    Jadeja has played 39 tests with a batting avg of 33 and bowling avg of 23.5.
    Current bowling ranking of 4 and AR ranking of 2.

    If Philander is considered a great how is Jadeja overrated?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_outsider View Post
    Philander has played 55 tests with a batting avg of 25 and bowling avg of 21.5.
    Current bowling ranking of 3 and AR ranking of 4.

    Jadeja has played 39 tests with a batting avg of 33 and bowling avg of 23.5.
    Current bowling ranking of 4 and AR ranking of 2.

    If Philander is considered a great how is Jadeja overrated?
    These are half stats only.

    Philander away average with bowl is an impressive 27 with 4 5-fers. Jadeja away average is a dull 37 with 2 5-fers.

    Also, Jadeja till now is mostly used as a second spinner which means he plays mostly on pitches that will support spin. So, overall, as a cricketer, Jadeja is in a very good category while Ashwin and Philander are in greats category.

    Neither of three are ATGs. For ATG status, Philander has to prove himself in Asia and Ashwin has to outside Asia, neither of which seems happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    These are half stats only.

    Philander away average with bowl is an impressive 27 with 4 5-fers. Jadeja away average is a dull 37 with 2 5-fers.

    Also, Jadeja till now is mostly used as a second spinner which means he plays mostly on pitches that will support spin. So, overall, as a cricketer, Jadeja is in a very good category while Ashwin and Philander are in greats category.

    Neither of three are ATGs. For ATG status, Philander has to prove himself in Asia and Ashwin has to outside Asia, neither of which seems happening.
    I agree with all that. But my point is - with stats like that, it shouldn't be that on one hand Philander is considered a great AR, while on the other hand Jadeja is considered "overrated".

    If anything he is underrated as an all-rounder/bowler on PP and even in the general cricketing world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_outsider View Post
    I agree with all that. But my point is - with stats like that, it shouldn't be that on one hand Philander is considered a great AR, while on the other hand Jadeja is considered "overrated".

    If anything he is underrated as an all-rounder/bowler on PP and even in the general cricketing world.
    Yes, Jadeja is underrated in general cricketing world but I was responding to someone who said, Jadeja is overall better than Ashwin. On current form, he maybe because Ashwin was poor in that 2-3 tests but overall Ashwin> Jadeja.

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    Jadeja is a very useful support cricketer tbh but one would rather have Kuldeep or Philander who have much more venom.

    Jadeja has been ordinary with the bat. Even in the recent Asia Cup he couldn't finish it off with the bat for his side in a couple of matches. A couple of 50s against WI don't really count. Atleast ashwin has some clutch innings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ab Fan View Post
    Yes, Jadeja is underrated in general cricketing world but I was responding to someone who said, Jadeja is overall better than Ashwin. On current form, he maybe because Ashwin was poor in that 2-3 tests but overall Ashwin> Jadeja.
    Yes that I agree with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Executioner View Post
    Jadeja is a very useful support cricketer tbh but one would rather have Kuldeep or Philander who have much more venom.

    Jadeja has been ordinary with the bat. Even in the recent Asia Cup he couldn't finish it off with the bat for his side in a couple of matches. A couple of 50s against WI don't really count. Atleast ashwin has some clutch innings
    Don't confuse Jadeja the test batsman with Jadeja the LOI batsman. In tests Jadeja has played plenty of very important knocks.

    You're knocking him for scoring a 100 against WI but you are ignoring the fact that he scored an 86* in England in the 5th test just before the WI series, in the only match he played on that tour.

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    Did I read Murali Vijay somewhere? He's regressed and was never that great to begin with. How can?..Well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BreadPakoda View Post
    Did I read Murali Vijay somewhere? He's regressed and was never that great to begin with. How can?..Well.
    Because among current openers he is still the best.

    I checked the stats for Vijay, Elgar and Karunaratne - the current 3 best openers and Vijay has the best stats across various countries and conditions. You can check it yourself too.

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    Bhaijaan's World Test XI
    (19th October - 2018)

    David Warner
    Prithvi Shaw
    Steven Smith (captain)
    Virat Kohli
    Kane Williamson (bobby)
    Rishabh Pant (wk)
    Ben Stokes
    Ravendra Jadeja
    Kergiaso Ravado
    Nathan Lyon
    Muhammad Abbass

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    David Warner 🇦🇺
    Dimuth Karunaratne🇱🇰
    Steven Smith 🇦🇺
    Virat Kohli 🇮🇳
    Kane Williamson 🇳🇿
    Joe Root 🇬🇧
    Jos Buttler 🇬🇧
    Pat Cummins 🇦🇺
    Kagiso Rabada 🇿🇦
    James Anderson 🇬🇧
    Nathan Lyon 🇦🇺

    Remaining squad
    Faf Du Plesis 🇿🇦
    Josh Hazlewood 🇦🇺
    Ravichandran Ashwin 🇮🇳
    Shakib Al Hasan 🇧🇩

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr_Bassim View Post
    Funny to see Shah making most teams despite being terrible for 5 and 3/4th days of last test and being bang on average in Australia.
    Is it still funny?

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Bhaijaan's World Test XI
    (19th October - 2018)

    David Warner
    Prithvi Shaw
    Steven Smith (captain)
    Virat Kohli
    Kane Williamson (bobby)
    Rishabh Pant (wk)
    Ben Stokes
    Ravendra Jadeja
    Kergiaso Ravado
    Nathan Lyon
    Muhammad Abbass
    Why Shaw? You cant pick a world test eleven based on domestic stats only you realised that?

    And Jadeja?

    I am just surprised you didnt also pick Hardik Pandya.
    Last edited by gazza619; 2nd December 2018 at 05:30.

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    Khawaja
    Karunaratna

    Williamson
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    Butler (wk)

    Moeen Ali/Stokes - depending on conditions

    Yasir Shah

    Rabada
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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    Why Shaw? You cant pick a world test eleven based on domestic stats only you realised that?

    And Jadeja?

    I am just surprised you didnt also pick Hardik Pandya.
    You realize that Jadeja is the #5 ranked test bowler, and that half of the tests in the world are played in Asia, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sachin136 View Post
    You realize that Jadeja is the #5 ranked test bowler, and that half of the tests in the world are played in Asia, right?
    So last time i checked, the countries that play test cricket and had home outside Asia were Australia, England, South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies, Zimbabwe.

    Considering the fact that Pakistan, SL, Bangladesh play very few tests compared to the rest of the world, are you sure that half of test matches are played in Asia?

    And even if half of tests are played in Asia, you got to pick bowlers in a World XI who thrive in Asian and non Asian conditions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuickCrick View Post
    Khawaja
    Karunaratna

    Williamson
    Kohli
    Root

    Butler (wk)

    Moeen Ali/Stokes - depending on conditions

    Yasir Shah

    Rabada
    Boult
    Abbas
    Excellent side this.

    I would pick Stokes over Moeen Ali.

    Only disagreement I have is with Yasir Shah but I appreciate given his current form it's not easy to leave him out. Instead I would have picked Nathan Lyon because he adapts to conditions the best. Has a stellar record to date and averages under 34 everywhere except SA and UAE. Also if the ball isn't turning Lyon has far better control than Yasir when the spinner is required to operate in a more defensive mode.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gazza619 View Post
    Why Shaw? You cant pick a world test eleven based on domestic stats only you realised that?

    And Jadeja?

    I am just surprised you didnt also pick Hardik Pandya.
    My dear Gazza 69,

    Prithvi Shaw will rule world cricket for the next 20 years. Please get used to him.

    I would like Pandya to prove his batting credentials for 1 year before he could be considered for Bhaijaan's world test XI.

    Jadeja's going through a run in tests, both with the bat and ball. Better bowler than Shaka and slightly worse batter than Shaka. Your Bhaijaan wants more of a bowling AR at 8.

    Please find below the revised team.

    Bhaijaan's World Test XI
    (2nd November - 2018)

    David Warner
    Prithvi Shaw
    Steven Smith (captain)
    Virat Kohli
    Kane Williamson (bobby)
    Rishabh Pant (wk)
    Ben Stokes
    Ravendra Jadeja
    Kergiaso Ravado
    Nathan Lyon (out) Yasir Shah (in)
    Muhammad Abbass (out) James Anderson (in)

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    Stokes or Shakib depending on venue
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    Anderson would play in Duke ball countries, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Elgar
    Someone who is not banned
    Williamson (c)
    Kohli
    Root
    Stokes or Shakib depending on venue
    Foakes (w)
    Ashwin
    Rabada
    Cummins
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    Anderson would play in Duke ball countries, though.
    Ashwin ahead of Yessy Shah?

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    On a side note here is my Minnow best XI: BD, ZIM, AFG, WI

    1. Tamim Iqbal
    2. Shai Hope
    3. Shimron Hetmeyer
    4. Mushfiqur Rahim
    5. Brendon Taylor
    6. Shakib Al Hasan
    7. Mehidy Hasan
    8. Rashid Khan
    9. Shanon Gabriel
    10. Kemar Roach
    11. Kyle Jarvis

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Elgar
    Someone who is not banned
    Williamson (c)
    Kohli
    Root
    Stokes or Shakib depending on venue
    Foakes (w)
    Ashwin
    Rabada
    Cummins
    Abbas

    Anderson would play in Duke ball countries, though.
    Foakes over Watling, Rahim, Sarfraz, de Kock? You're a biased man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by topspin View Post
    Excellent side this.

    I would pick Stokes over Moeen Ali.

    Only disagreement I have is with Yasir Shah but I appreciate given his current form it's not easy to leave him out. Instead I would have picked Nathan Lyon because he adapts to conditions the best. Has a stellar record to date and averages under 34 everywhere except SA and UAE. Also if the ball isn't turning Lyon has far better control than Yasir when the spinner is required to operate in a more defensive mode.
    I was considering Lyon as I do rate him highly but I feel Yasir is a better wicket taking option and if Moeen is playing then he can do a similar job as a second spinner who is decent when batting with the tail..

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    Quote Originally Posted by freelance_cricketer View Post
    Ashwin ahead of Yessy Shah?
    Hmm, Yasir was ineffective in England. Buit then so was Ashwin. But the latter can bat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Hmm, Yasir was ineffective in England. Buit then so was Ashwin. But the latter can bat.
    How New England of you to pick a bowler for his batting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shandarchowka View Post
    Foakes over Watling, Rahim, Sarfraz, de Kock? You're a biased man.
    And you are blocked for rudeness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JattMaula View Post
    How New England of you to pick a bowler for his batting.
    Good point, if two bowlers are equal, why would anyone pick the one with other skills?

    Better to pick eleven #11s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Hmm, Yasir was ineffective in England. Buit then so was Ashwin. But the latter can bat.
    Lol winning two Tests singlehandedly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Good point, if two bowlers are equal, why would anyone pick the one with other skills?

    Better to pick eleven #11s.
    I don't disagree with you on that selection. England's recent success is proof that bowlers who can bat work in all formats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLORY OF '92 View Post
    Lol winning two Tests singlehandedly?
    I think you need to see flip side and see if he lost tests singlehadidly as well. Answer will be affirmative.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Buffet View Post
    I think you need to see flip side and see if he lost tests singlehadidly as well. Answer will be affirmative.
    Not really. Pitches at Old Trafford and Edgbaston were more seamer friendly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GLORY OF '92 View Post
    Not really. Pitches at Old Trafford and Edgbaston were more seamer friendly.
    266/1
    236/3

    These kind of stats will pretty much seal the match for opposition no matter what others contribute. So if we can call taking 5-fers cheaply as winning single handily then these bowling stats should be called losing single handidly.

    I won't have any issue in taking Yasir over Ashwin. I was simply making a point about match losing should be kept in mind if we are going to talk about match winning spells. He singlehandidly lost one test in Aus as well where he went over 5+ an over for entire test( 291/2) and Aus was able to get enough time to bowl out Pakistan.

    In short, not being successful due to non-spinner friendly pitches are one thing, but singlehandidly losing is another. That's why over all performance is more important and I guess Robert is making that statement due to Yasir averaging 40+ in Eng.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Hmm, Yasir was ineffective in England. Buit then so was Ashwin. But the latter can bat.
    Yasir was ineffective in ENG? He took 19 wickets, second highest in the series, more than Broad and Anderson. Yes he wasn't very good in 2 tests but he was one of the main reasons Pakistan won the first and the last test and drew the series.

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    Here's another minnows best eleven..
    Hafeez
    Imam
    Azhar
    Haris
    Asad
    Babar
    Sarfraz
    Faheem
    Yasir
    Hasan
    Afridi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ami View Post
    Here's another minnows best eleven..
    Hafeez
    Imam
    Azhar
    Haris
    Asad
    Babar
    Sarfraz
    Faheem
    Yasir
    Hasan
    Afridi
    At least these guys can draw a test series in ENG, unlike best teams and players who get humiliated.

    "Think before you say something and don't try to cross your limits!!!"

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