> >> > Which non-Aussie current cricket players would make it to an Aussie XI
> >> > for
> >> > 1) Tests and 2) ODIs if they were to move to Australia? Disregard
> >> > non-cricketing factors for the purpose of this discussion.
> >> Being a biased Aussie, I can't see too many players from elsewhere making
> >> the current Australian team.
> >> A team similar to the following would probably be as close to ideal at
> >> the moment (tests, obviously):
> >> Hayden
> >> Langer
> >> Ponting
> >> Tendulkar
> >> SRW (c)
> >> Martyn
> >> Gilchrist
> >> Pollock
> >> Gillespie
> >> Muralitharan
> >> McGrath
> >> I've included Pollock because he can bat a bit, and would no doubt bowl
> >> very well with the support at the other end he's been lacking recently.
> >> Kallis is unlucky to not make this team, but personally I'd rather
> >> Ponting at 3. Martyn and SRW are the most debatable, IMO.
> >> Cheers,
> >> MvdW
> > aussies middle order is weak (test that is)...most teams could field a
> > batsmen that could make this middle order. As for opening batsmen and
> > the big 3 bowlers...they are pretty irresplaceable. Maybe murali or
> > someone could take Lees place.
> Interesting that you should say that the Aussie middle order is weak.
> Here's the (test) career averages for the incumbent numbers 3 through 7:
> 45.51, 42.28, 50.00, 50.29, 60.00
> The least number of matches for any of these players is 25, for Damien
> Martyn (average 50.29). Clearly the "worst" player out of this lot is Mark
> Waugh, with 42.28. Name me another side in the world who wouldn't take Mark
> Waugh if he were available.
> I guess that's the difference between this Australian side and any other
> going around at the moment: the worst-performed batsman in the side would
> probably make any other team in the world.
TRUE...but thats not what were talking about. The initial question was
which NON AUSSIES would make the aussie team. While those averages are
pretty awesome...id really like to see some of the Lankan middle order
averages (keep in mind were not taking conditions/opposition etc into
account)...guys like Sangarakka have been hitting double centuries
havent they? (i could be wrong).Even the most ardent aussie fan would
find it hard to say they WOULDNT want Lara and Tendulkar in that
middle order. I think even a fit Cairns would feel at home there.
But youre right...the team is so strong that those who you think are
weak...are pretty ***y strong.
> As to which of these guys is replaceable by anyone else, none of them is
> the best in the world, so I guess it's fair to say that any of them could
> be replaced. However, I don't see anyone other than MEW or possibly Ponting
> being performing badly enough to be replaced. Personally, I wouldn't
> replace Ponting, as his performance at #3 in the last 12 months is almost
> without peer in the World, so that basically leaves MEW to be replaced by
> As far as bowlers go, that's interestingly Australia's current weak point.
> I'd probably replace BLee with Pollock and Warne with a fit Muralitharan.
> Gillespie isn't quite performing up to potential lately, either, but I
> really don't see anyone jumping out to take his spot in world cricket at
> the moment.