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Cricket nut. Red V. Man U.

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Cricket's all-time alphabetical 'R' Team

With the pairs of Richards (and sons) and Russells, as well as other high quality players, the ‘R’ Team is perhaps best described as ‘light heavyweight”’– strong and powerful but just below a few of the others. Still, this is a very strong team.

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Cricket's All Time K Team

With some of the composite teams coming up, we are now past the half way mark of this marathon. To date, the B Team and the H Team are the stand outs and it’s fair to say that they won’t be challenged by the K Team.

What did they baa in reply?

Who gives a toss? Part 2: When sending Australia in backfired spectacularly

I dread to think how many HSC marks I lost due to the 1989 Ashes!

Totally worth it though.

Who gives a toss? Part 2: When sending Australia in backfired spectacularly

Historic match that WI one – first time for a double and single ton in a test (as meaningless as they turned out to be ????).

Who gives a toss? Part 2: When sending Australia in backfired spectacularly

I was one of those youngsters who was inevitably psyched out!

Who gives a toss? Part 2: When sending Australia in backfired spectacularly

Wasn’t that Wayne B Phillips?

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

What was his story?

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

I was at a Domestic OD game at North Sydney Oval in the mid 90s and I swear to God Symonds played a forward defence shot that put Mo Matthews over the stand and out of the ground.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Now you’re just making stuff up.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

A1 to all of that. Other than NRL (apologies in advance to half the population I just offended).
Unlike!

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Starc probably won’t be playing anyway.

Starc expecting ‘super-strong’ England team for Ashes

No mention of Adelaide 1982? Aust 3/265 on Day 1 and all out for 438 to win by 8 wickets after enforcing the follow on.

I’m sure that is the one where there was a sign in the crowd on Day 2 or 3 which said something like “They say the Irish are dumb, but Willis sent Australia in”.

Who gives a toss? Part 2: When sending Australia in backfired spectacularly

It’s like they are playing with a backyard cricket bat! Only one glove too!

Who gives a toss? Part 2: When sending Australia in backfired spectacularly

Kevin Roberts played a bit that year as well I think.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Greatest day of Test cricket ever.

As a nine year old, Lillee marching off the field with his arm held up after he bowled Viv was the best thing I’d ever seen. I can only imagine the noise the crowd would have made at the ground.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Thanks Ian. I’ll have to look it up.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

You like Head?

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Ironically, his Chinamen would be absolute gold in modern T20 cricket. Let alone his batting.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Bevan averaged over 70 in Sheffield Shield AFTER he played his last Test.

I will go to my grave believing that we would have won the 2001 series in India is he had played.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

I normally wouldn’t point out typos like that. Except for Border!

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Still my favourite GF (after 2010 of course). I was such a big Mal and Clyde fan back then, it was almost as good as the Dragons winning.

Although Manly losing at the death in 1997 holds fond memories for me.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Good call on Aravinda – I meant to list him in my honourable mentions below.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Allan, not Alan!!!!!

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

He had weaknesses against spin (although he’s not the only one who struggled against Warne and others) but he was obviously discarded too soon. Same with Jack Russell.

It’s sad that quirky characters get less of a chance than those who are one of the boys.

I remember he scored a brilliant 167* in a ODI game against us on the 1993 Ashes tour. Should have been a match winning innings if not for Gooch’s inept captaincy defending the total.

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

Actually, not losing a Test was a highlight for me!

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

OK, my team of non-Australians who I loved watching play over the years:
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Sehwag – nut case of an opener
Kris Srikkanth – “see ball hit ball”
Sanga – so skilled and elegant
Lara – still the best I’ve seen
VVS – an artist
ABdV – freakish talent
Flintoff – fun with the bat and ball
Wasim – magician with the ball
Steyn – lethal mixture of competitiveness and extreme skill
Abdul Qadir – showed me what a real leg spinner looks like
Donald – such a perfect action
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Near misses would include Martin Crowe, Ijaz Ahmed, Hash Amla, Mushtaq Ahmed and Curtly Ambrose

A joyful XI of players who made me fall in love with cricket

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