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Which states have been best represented in Australia's World Cup victories?

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30th April, 2022
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In my last article, we saw the sheer excellence of the excellent WA team made up of excellent players who have played in an Australian World Cup victory. Excellent.

And all the stars in the WA sky shine brightly: ‘Shameless’, ‘The Capital’, ‘The Long One’. ‘BJ’ is there too even though he wasn’t there (if you get me).

But what’s the point of picking a team who doesn’t have any opposition? That would just be how NSW feel every year. Or this year’s WA team (16-time Shield champs, BTW).

So who among the other states can firstly rustle up an XI of their own players who have played in a winning Australian World Cup final?

Secondly, is there a team strong enough to take on the excellent WA team? Yeah, right. Like that’s going to happen because WA are 16-time limited-overs champs, too.

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A quick check of the Aussie World Cup wins shows there weren’t enough players from Victoria, Tassie, South Australia or Queensland (respectively or disrespectfully) to make up their own state’s World Cup final XI.

Well, of course there were more than enough legends from NSW: an XI plus three extras. A World Cup final squad, if you will.

But I won’t demonstrate the sheer, amazing, brilliant superiority of the premier state by selecting their team. That just seems unfair to all you other states.

No, it really is. I just don’t want to upset anyone here… 

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Shane Warne celebrates with Steve and Mark Waugh

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Oh fine. Quit shouting, you lot. If you want to see the NSW World Cup final winners team, here it is. Good luck beating them.

Mark Waugh (TC)
David Warner (TC)
Steve Smith (TC)
Michael Clarke (TC)
Shane Watson (TC)
Michael Bevan (TC)
Steve Waugh (TC)
Brad Haddin (TC)
Brett Lee (TC)
Josh Hazlewood (TC)
Glenn McGrath (TC)

12th men: Mitchell Starc, Nathan Bracken, Greg Dyer

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*TC: as previously stated, TC is Tony Compliant, in that the players are selected in the batting position they played in one or more World Cup. That’s 100 per cent TC. That’s outstanding.

Check out the squad, peeps. It’s golden. There’s more firepower in that team than 10,000 SWAT. It only lacks a top-line spinner but the quicks will take ten-for every match anyway, so a spinner is surplus.

By comparison, let’s look at Queensland, Tasmania, SA and Victoria (who we will henceforth refer to as ‘Quetasavic’) players who played in the World Cup finals of 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and/or 2015.

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Victoria: Aaron Finch, Dean Jones, Glenn Maxwell, Simon O’Donnell, Paul Reiffel, Shane Warne, Damien Fleming
SA: Darren Lehmann, Tim May, Shaun Tait
Queensland*: Matt Hayden, Allan Border, Andrew Symonds, Andy Bichel
Tasmania: David Boon, Ricky Ponting, James Faulkner

*Typical Queensland. Half of their four players from five World Cup finals were imports: AB (NSW) and Andrew Symonds (England).

Oh, that’s not all. Jeff Thomson (NSW) and Greg Chappell (SA) were in the ’75 decider. That’s now 66 per cent imported.

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Stuart ‘Breakin’ Tha’ Law pulled the ledger back by one but Queensland, there’s one thing. You don’t have a wicketkeeper! How can you go into the World Cup final without a recognised gloveman?

It doesn’t help that Gilchrist played in three World Cup final wins and he was bookended by New South Welshmen (Greg Dyer and Brad Haddin).

Adam Gilchrist celebrates his century in the 2007 Cricket World Cup final

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Oh and by the way, Queensland, in a nice touch, the players of the match in our first, middle and most recent World Cup wins were all Tasmanians: Boon in ’87, Ponting in ’03 and Faulkner in ’15.

So three players in World Cup finals. All man of the match. And all proper Tassie boys.

You reading me, Queensland?

And no, Queensland, I’m not putting together some joke hybrid Questavic team because you still don’t have a wicketkeeper.

Here Queensland, have Greg Dyer before you import him like you do everyone else. Or recruit all the stars from Tasmania.

Speaking of importing, let’s look at the only nation to lose three World Cup finals: minnows England.

Boy oh boy, they are rubbish.

Wanting a break from yet another trip abroad, Ian Botham and David Gower both preferred to stay home in 1987 rather than play for the minnows. Wonder if they regret it now, and if they do, does anyone really care?

So here’s the best performing players from the minnows’ three World Cup final losses in 1979, 1987 and 1995.

Mike Brearley (TC)
Geoff Boycott (TC)
Bill Athey (TC)
Mike Gatting (TC)
Allan Lamb (TC)
Alex Stewart
Ian Botham
Phil Edmonds (TC)
Derek Pringle (TC)
Eddie Hemmings
Mike Hendrick (TC)

12th man: Chris Old

Geoff Boycott.

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Old, Hendricks, Edmonds and Botham all took two wickets for the minnows losing to Viv Richards in 1979. And with the worst bowling figures of 2-60 off 120, Old carries the drinks.

Hemmings took two in 1987. Derek Pringle took three in 1992. So that’s your bowlers.

I do feel a bit bad for Gooch. He was the only bloke to play in all three losing finals and was neither in the top two scorers or among the two bowlers with the best returns in any of them.

Poor Goochy. I promise I’m not laughing.

Surprise surprise, the minnows have enough imports who played in World Cup final losses to fill a customs hearing: Graeme Hick, Allan Lamb, Phil DeFreitas, Chris Lewis, Dermot Reeve, Derek Pringle, Gladstone Small and Phil Edmonds.

And that’s not counting all the other players in the squad. So many imports, just like Queensland. And no keeper, just like Queensland.

So Queensland, if you wanna make a World Cup Finals team you can join the minnows.

I think historians and cricket lovers alike will agree on one thing: this team is rubbish.

Two left-arm orthodox spinners. Boycott and Brearley opening. A very long and weak tail.

See, this is why England are minnows. So, quite clearly, the minnows and their ability to capitulate in finals means that the minnows of England are no match for the might of the westerners.

The non-existent, not-selected Quetasavic team with no keeper was ruled ineligible due to not existing.

So WA continues to dominate.

I’ll let you lot decide who wins in a three-match series between NSW and WA. I’m taking the fifth.

So who’s left? Well, there are two international teams made up of players with fewer than 16 ODIs each, who can challenge these western giants.

They are the West Indies (of course) and the rest of the cricketing world.

So who wins between then westerners and the West Indies/Rest of the World? That’s for another day.

Right now, I’m looking at a career change and trying my hand at importing.

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