For today’s all time XI cricket post I am picking up where I left off yesterday, continuing the alphabetic progression, so our first XI begins with a player whose surname begins with W.
FRANK WORRELL’S XI
- *Frank Worrell – right handed batter, left arm medium fast bowler, occasional left arm orthodox spinner, captain.
- Xenophon Balaskas – leg spinner, drafted in here as ersatz opener as well. X is a very difficult letter, but I will attempt to find alternatives for the leg spinning all rounder in future posts of this type. He did average 28.68 with the bat in first class cricket.
- Graham Yallop – left handed batter. He batted at no 3 in the 1978-9 Ashes and was the only player on either side to score two centuries in the series – it was only as captain that he was not up to the task.
- Zaheer Abbas – right handed batter. Known on the county circuit as ‘Zed’, Z is another difficult letter.
- +Leslie Ames – right handed batter, wicket keeper.
- Ian Bell – right handed batter. Given the opening situation I felt an extra specialist batter was warranted, so Ian Botham missed out.
- Percy Chapman – left handed batter. Extra batting depth needed.
- Alan Davidson – left arm fast medium bowler, left handed batter.
- Phil Edmonds – left arm spinner, right handed lower order batter.
- Jack Ferris – left arm medium fast bowler.
- George Garton – left arm fast bowler. The Sussex youngster has had some good moments in his fledgling career.
This team has an adequate line up, albeit with an ersatz opener, and a fine collection of bowlers.
HEATHER KNIGHT’S XI
- Jack Hobbs – right handed opening batter.
- James Iremonger – right handed opening batter. Played for Notts at the start of the 20th century, opened the innings in his first full season, and finished his long career with a batting average of 36. When his playing days were done he became a coach, still with Notts, and among the youngsters he ushered into first team cricket were Harold Larwood and Bill Voce.
- Archie Jackson – right handed batter. A regular opener, batting at no 3 here.
- *Heather Knight – right handed batter, occasional off spinner, captain. She has batted at no3, but no4 is nowadays her regular slot. World cup winning captain, given that role in this side.
- Clive Lloyd – left handed batter. My second world cup winning captain, in this team he will be vice captain to Heather Knight.
- Mushtaq Mohammad – right handed batter, leg spinner. The first of two all rounders in this side.
- Mohammad Nabi – right handed batter, off spinner. Part of the first ever Afghanistan team, and still in the ranks when they attained test status. His role in the astonishing rise of his country as a cricketing force means that he has played against a wider range of sides than any other player in the game’s history.
- +Niall O’Brien – wicket keeper, right handed batter.
- Peter Pollock – right arm fast bowler.
- Iqbal Qasim – left arm orthodox spinner. Q is a difficult letter, but he is worth is his place, and no9 is the right place in the order for him.
- Andy Roberts – right arm fast bowler. No11 is very low in the order for him, but the pace bowling department needs strengthening. He was the leader of original fearsome foursome of fast bowlers deployed by Clive Lloyd.
This side has a good batting line up, and an excellent variety of bowlers. Admittedly the only seam back up to the two big guns, Roberts and Pollock is Jack Hobbs, but it is still a good side.
Both of these teams look pretty good, and both have excellent captains. I think the presence of Roberts and Pollock just about gives Heather Knight’s XI the edge, but it has all the makings of a fine contest.
LINK AND PHOTOGRAPHS
Just before my usual sign off, physics-astronomy.com have an excellent article about some new x-ray pictures of the sky. The image below, taken from the article, is formatted as a link.
Now for my pictures…
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