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Interested in stadium politics, competition programming, sporting administration, cricket history and trivia

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Hi Choppy,

My May-born team, and my article ranking all 12 sides, are now available for scrutiny.

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Hi Gibbo,

My May-born team, and my article ranking all 12 sides, are now available for scrutiny.

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Hi josh,

My May-born team, and my article ranking all 12 sides, are now available for scrutiny.

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Hi Pierro,

My May-born team, and my article ranking all 12 sides, are now available for scrutiny.

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Hi TLN,

My May-born team, and my article ranking all 12 sides, are now available for scrutiny.

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Hi Mike,

My May-born team, and my article ranking all 12 sides, are now available for scrutiny.

Team of the Month: an April-born World Cricket XI

Cheers Laurie,

While the majority of the 132 players chosen could be described as great, plenty of other recognised greats missed out through an accident of birth. An all-time top-200 would make an interesting read.

And writing articles like these isn’t rocket surgery- just pick a theme, and then take your time researching via libraries and the internet ! And The Roar is the perfect forum for them.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Hi Laurie,

My final article in the series, ranking all 12 sides, has been published.

Team of the Month: a May-born World Cricket XI

Hi Rowdy,

My final article in the series, ranking all 12 sides, has been published.

Team of the Month: a May-born World Cricket XI

Hi Your Eminence,

My final article in the series, ranking all 12 sides, has been published.

Team of the Month: a May-born World Cricket XI

Hi TB,

My final article in the series, ranking all 12 sides, has been published.

Team of the Month: a May-born World Cricket XI

Hi Targa,

My final article in the series, ranking all 12 sides, has been published.

Team of the Month: a May-born World Cricket XI

Thanks DaveJ,

For Nov I was always going to pick Jackson. I then excluded Kohli in favour of Nourse and Younis, after a comparison of raw head-to-head statistics- especially averages overall, in Eng, away generally, and against Aus and Eng. On those 5 (admittedly selective) measures, Kohli was clearly inferior.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Thanks Micko,

The only way to settle that, is to bring them together for a tournament. Now where’s my Tardis…

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Cheers Ace,

I think I can manage one per month, each off-season. Any published during summer tend to get buried under all the videos and articles relating to that week’s games.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Cheers Tufanooo,

As I wrote, none of us can prove anyone else wrong !

But we can agree that the October-born side is one of the very strongest.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Thanks MO,

Just using Warne to make my point. I too believe that a champion in one era, would have been one in any other. Albeit after a period of adjustment, rather than instantly.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Thanks Clay,

And looking forward to a few more articles from you during this long Test off-season !

This site has been pretty quiet lately, and could really use some more good content before the next Australian summer.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Hi Sedz,

That’s an interesting take. Looking forward to Roarer Rowdy’s view on how the star signs of each side’s members affect its approach.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Hi BB,

With Inzy not a senior figure in the March side, I can see a few batting partners happily burning him if he doesn’t call and run well.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Thanks Ace,

Each team has its own strengths and weaknesses, some more than others. Their contests would be worth watching.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

100% agree BG,

And I’m currently drafting an article elaborating on such themes.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Thanks BG,

As every side contains match-winners, over the course of an 11-round, 66-match tournament any individual game result should be possible. But I’d back the teams with 5 genuine strike-bowlers, and not expect any lower-order batsmen to resist for long, often.

The concept of different eras’ players co-existing, is an interesting one. We naturally default to assessing a pre-WWII player through 21st-century eyes. But how would Warne go if transported to the morning of a Test in say 1902-

* no wrong-un or flipper (which hadn’t been invented yet)
* a 15% smaller set of stumps to aim at (1 inch shorter, 1 inch narrower)
* an lbw law requiring the ball to pitch stump-to-stump (so a batsmen could pad up all day to everything pitched outside off, even if it hit his pads in-line)
* a slightly-larger ball (making it harder to grip)
* a pitch that was 2 feet narrower (reducing the variety of line possible)
* no support staff
* working 5.5 days per week in a shop or factory, between home games
* close-in catchers not as good, and not protected by helmets
* etc.

The 12 Teams of the Month: Which World Cricket XI would triumph?

Hi JN,

Anything published during peak cricket season, is likely to get buried under videos and match-related articles.

The true inventor of Bazball was born 150 years ago, and his records are still utterly bonkers

Thanks JN,

You’ve made my day !

The beauty of anniversaries is that you can identify them well in advance, then have plenty of time to research them via the internet and your own book collection. So far I’ve written on anniversaries for SF Barnes, Jessop, and Australian series in 1921, 1946/47, 1970/71, 1971/72 and 1972. There are more to come.

I couldn’t write opinion pieces on hot topics, at 1-2 days’ notice.

The true inventor of Bazball was born 150 years ago, and his records are still utterly bonkers

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