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Thanks Insult_2_Injury – I’ll answer to most things… Too funny!

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Entirely fair Kanggas2. As above, post-pod, Taylor is a definite regret. He had a simply amazing Ashes record in England (1500+ runs, 53 average, 5 tons).

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Thanks Rellum and Dwanye – pretty close to that anyway tbh, especially if Tubby replaces the Chef.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Yep those run-outs were tough to watch Rowdy. Robelinda did a great summary on YouTube. Poor Simon O’Donnell (who was competing for a ODI spot at the time) seemed to get more than his fair share too.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

We liked Waugh for his aggression and intent Bernie.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Good guess Nudge.
Minimum 10 tests since 1980:
Trott (glorious while it lasted) and Vaughan (who I pitched for on the pod) 48
Gower and Thorpe 46
Pietersen 45
Ramprakash (which surprised me) 42
Root and Cook the only others over 40 (just)

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Nice work JGK. Ryan Harris burned brightly: 57 Ashes wickets at 21.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Nice tweak in the rules Rowdy. Under those rules, I’d be tempted by GS rather than IM Chappell at 3.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Thanks Bernie and DaveJ – see above on Tubby; I agree.
Not sure on Gooch – on the pod, I did “enjoy” recalling him changing his answerphone message in 1989 to “If you’re hearing this message, I’m out, probably lbw Alderman”.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Thanks Simon. And yes real withdrawals; just an excuse to watch overseas tests!

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Thanks JaviCab,
Post-pod, Taylor is a definite regret. He had a simply amazing Ashes record in England (1500+ runs, 53 average, 5 tons).
Flintoff definitely rates an honourable mention, but suffers from having Botham (and possibly Stokes) ahead of him.
And Gilchrist followed by daylight as you suggest (with a nod to Jack Russell as a suitably barmy pure gloveman) plus him and Beefy at 6 and 7 would just be wonderful to watch.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980

Thanks Paul!
It was heart-wrenching to leave out Jimmy and yes it was a choice between him and Broad: the latter’s Ashes record (especially in England) was the main factor, alongside variety in the attack and the ability of the tail to wag…
…on which, we had to have all of the top 8 with a test century; the snubbing of Warney should fire him up nicely for some quick runs at 9.
A great point on opening pairs; more on Taylor below.
And love for Root but the middle order is crammed with talent, as well as Border and Gower missing out you’ve also got ME Waugh, Hussey and the late great Deano (who had an excellent Ashes record).
Thanks again.

The best combined Ashes XI since 1980