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Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Sounds like you’ll just need to vote for someone other than Haddin then ????

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Interesting you mention John Snow, Matt. Never remembered as one of the greats, but if memory serves me correctly Ian Chappell rates him as one of the toughest opponents he faced.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

It was lost amongst Johnson’s otherworldly performance in 13-14, but Haddin had a phenomenal series during that clean sweep. Had he not batted the way he did in the first innings in Brisbane, there’s every chance Australia would have fell behind 1-0 at the Gabba.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

A toss-up between him, Laker, Johnson and Spofforth. ‘Twas much of a muchness.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

If we’re talking pitches tailor-made for spinners in Ashes Tests, hard to look past the infamous fusarium pitch at Headingley in 1972, when Derek Underwood was coincidentally added to the England side and took ten-for.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

To be fair, his record against England was very good. They might have been rubbish when he played against them, but averaging 50 is no mean feat.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Almost put him in there, but decided not to in the end due to the sheer volume of players. He certainly had an excellent Ashes record though.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Only a pinch of salt?

For what it’s worth, the first hundred responses to this poll included not a single vote for M Waugh.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Reckon Gilly’s keeping goes underappreciated because of how good a batsman he was – almost like there’s an assumption that because he was good enough to be picked on batting a talent alone, he must therefore be an inferior gloveman.

He wasn’t quite at Healy’s level, but he wasn’t that far off.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Yeah that was a major consideration – players who played well in Australia and England. It’s why I didn’t pick Mitchell Johnson, even though a change-up option with a rapid left-armer would have been handy for the balance of the pace attack.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

I disagree that the series result is secondary to retaining the Ashes. Each series is played for that urn. Just look at what it meant to the Australian players when they won that fourth Test last year.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Who’d you go with instead of him?

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Where was I pinning the blame on him?

And yes, he didn’t lose all the series, but he was never in a team which had won the Ashes – not all series draws are equal. Australia needed a draw to retain the urn last year and did, hence the celebration. England needed to win those series in the 60s to reclaim it, and needless to say failed.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Not against England, Paul.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Hard to go past the two openers.

Barrington’s an interesting one in that only Bradman and Sutcliffe have better averages in Ashes cricket, but he never had any team success against Australia. Lost all five of the Ashes series he played in.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Who ended up in there?

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

1. Hobbs
2. Sutcliffe
3. Bradman
4. Smith
5. Waugh
6. Miller
7. Gilchrist
8. Warne
9. Lillee
10. Laker
11. McGrath

Reckon you can afford to go with a couple of spinners when your all-rounder is a legitimate opening bowler.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

It’s funny, Walters is often thought of as a batsman – hence why we left him off – but those all-round figures are very strong. It’s also worth noting his batting average fell off a cliff when playing against England (35 in the Ashes compared to 48 for his career).

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Yeah, comfortably the hardest part of the team to work out.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Picking the middle order is the toughest ask for mine. So many greats to choose from, it’s hard to narrow it down to three.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

Yeah, that should bee 22.4 for both Miller and Lindwall. Still a pretty handy combo!

And a good call on Stokes, knew there was someone we’d forgotten. I’ll throw him in there.

Help us pick the greatest Ashes XI of all time

We shall have a poll for the bench next week once the XV has been confirmed

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