Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer walk out onto the ground - AAP Image/Jenny Evans

Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Justin Langer walk out onto the ground - AAP Image/Jenny Evans

Let’s cut to the chase. There are some big matches coming up this weekend. Take your pick: Ashes cricket, Bledisloe Cup, NRL, AFL.

What’s your favourite sport and which players that you’ve seen would you happily part your well-earned cash for to see play live?

Not necessarily the best to play the game, but guys who get your blood racing. For the way they play the game, that is!

It doesn’t have to be only entertainment value.

You might like a particular player for his toughness, for example, or his ‘never-say-die’ attitude, or his ‘team-before-self’ attitude. Or something else.

I’ve been watching most sports since the late 60s, so I’ll start with three sports: cricket, rugby union and rugby league.

My favourite Aussie cricket XI (c.1969-present):
Matt Hayden, Justin Langer, Ian Chappell (c), Greg Chappell (vc), David Hookes, Doug Walters, Adam Gilchrist (k), Gus Gilmour, Shane Warne, Dennis Lillee, Jeff Thomson. Allan Border (12th man).

My favourite Wallabies XV (c.1969-present)
Roger Gould, Mick O’Connor, Jason Little, Tim Horan, David Campese, Mark Ella (vc), Nick Farr-Jones, Mark Loane (c), Ray Price, Willie Ofahengaue, John Eales, David Hillhouse, Stan Pilecki, Billy Ross, Topo Rodriguez. Bench: Glen Ella, Ben Tune, John Hipwell, Simon Poidevin, Greg Cornelsen, Steve Finnane, Phil Kearns.

My favourite Kangaroos XIII (c.1969-present)
Graeme Langlands (c), Ken Irvine, Mal Meninga, Bobby Fulton, Greg Inglis, Wally Lewis, Billy Smith, Johnny Raper, Ron Coote, Bob McCarthy, Steve Price, Cameron Smith, Artie Beetson (vc). Interchange: Billy Slater, Andrew Johns, Ben Kennedy, Noel Kelly, Bobby Lindner (18th man).

Here’s another, my Aussie tennis Davis Cup squad (c.1969-present)
Singles: Rod Laver and Pat Cash; doubles: John Newcombe and Tony Roche; reserve: Ken Rosewall.

Remember, pick any sport and pick any favourite, not necessarily the best.

It’s about being entertained, or those you admire and who you would willingly pay to go see play.

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