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In his last test at mcg Taylor had only one victim, sachin in the 2nd innings. His joy however was short lived as kapil came to the wicket and hit him for two sxes, his only scoring shots in a 7 ball innings.

Trio of young leggies bodes well for life beyond Lyon

Good article although personally I wouldn’t read too much into a six for against Nigeria.
Also. If I remember correctly Warne replaced Peter Taylor after the MCG test.of 1991 92..Tim may at that time wasnt part of the Aussie team. He returned against windies at adelaide in the next season

Trio of young leggies bodes well for life beyond Lyon

Here I have formed a team of unlikely captains:
Mike Brearley (C)
John Edrich
Graham Yallop
Tony Lewis
Brian Close
Chris Cowdrey
Lee Germon/ Tim Paine (WK)
GS Ramchand
DS de Silva
Venkat
Bob Willis
12th Man (Naimur Rahman Durjoy)
Head Coach Bob Simpson

Edrich captained England in a test of the 74/75 tour when Mike Denness dropped himself from the squad.

Ramchand, a right arm medium pacer and useful batsman captained India against Benuad’s team in 1959-60. The Aussies won the series, but at Kanpur India recorded their first every test victory over Aus.

Cricket's unlikely captains

hahaha, Nice comment.
My funniest memory of reserve WK came at the WC 1992 match between Aus and Sa when David Boon was keeping with Healy injured. As peter Taylor bowled a delivery, Hudson jumped down the track missed it completely and the ball probably hit the middle stump. Just as well for Boon, who was standing two feet outside the off stick.
I myself did a reserve WK job during my college days when the regular keeper was late in finishing his lab work. I did the job for half an hour and hated every moment of it.
I view keeping as a thankless job. you do hours of hard work and at the end people remember you for the dropped catch or the missed stumpings.
The cases for Gilchrist or Dhoni are different though.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Yes. ‘Grandpa’ Simpson was a great hit during f 1977-78; specially among the kids. Not only did he score two hundreds, with Jeff Thomson injured, he did quite a bit of bowling in the final test at the Adelaide Oval. In fact, I think he took the final wicket of Chandra to seal the victory there.
The WI tour however, didn’t go according to plans.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Ja. I agree.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Yes, the quota system tries to ensure that different regions and states are regularly represented in the Indian national team. Venkat came from Tamil Nadu, with no other player from there close to national selection, there was always a strong support for Venkat’s inclusion.
In contrast, his rival Pras was the captain of Karnataka, the rising power of indian cricket. Apart from Pras, Chandra, Vishy and later WK Kirmani became regulars with the Indian team.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Yes, Lee Germon the WK. Sadly, I don’t follow NZ cricket as much as I used to do in the 1980’s. I was a big fan of the Crowes, the Cairns, (both father and son) and specially Ian Smith. Hadlee, of course, needs no mention.
The playing time in NZ is not suitable for me. when the test matches start there, it’s around 3 or 4 in the morning here in Dhaka.

Cricket's unlikely captains

There is a strong demand in Wales to become a member of ICC leaving the ECB. But Glamorgan, the local county opposes this move. They reckon the separation would only hinder the progress of Wales cricket.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Tony Lewis captaining the Wales team in 1979 also needs a bit of explanation. Wales wasn’t and I believe still isn’t a member of ICC. They are part of the English cricket.
In 1979 a Wales team was assembled hastily following the late withdrawal of one of the teams; most probably Gibraltar.
The Wales team did surprisingly well, they got 10 points from their 4 group matches. (4 points awarded for victory, 2 for no results). They were lucky that their match against the strong SL team was washed out. It was the batting collapse against the USA that cost them the match and their place in the SF.
SL, Wales and USA all finished on 10 points but the Lankans had the best run rate. I should add that SL gave walkover to Israel in their match.
The format of the tournament was that 15 teams were divided into 3 groups. The best Runners up team would join the group champions, Canada with 12 points took the 4th spot.
I think the organizers were a bit relieved to see Wales just missing out of a SF birth. No one was sure what would have happened if the Welsh team had qualified for the WC.

Cricket's unlikely captains

A minor mistake. Venkat played two tests against Pak in the autumn of 1983; the first at Bangalore and the 2nd at Jalandhar. Jalandhar test was the last test of his career. Sorry for the mistake.

Cricket's unlikely captains

I basically meant that Venkat was a bit surprise choice for the WI tour. The selectors considered the fact that he had previous experience in Wi having toured there in 1971 and 1976. So it was expected that he would guide the young players including the new captain Kapil Dev who was making his first trip to the Caribbean island.

Cricket's unlikely captains

The 1978-79 season has a special meaning to me as it was the 🥊 first season of international cricket that I followed intensely. I was nine then. I followed the Ind-WI series via radio; for the others I had to rely on newspapers and magazine.
One Bangladeshi living in Aus used to write regularly about the Packer series in weekly ‘Bichitra’.
As for the Ashes series, I fully supported the Aussies because I always love the underdogs. I was disappointed after the loss of the 4th test at SCG. Still, I became big fans of Hughes, Border and Hogg. From my naïve view point, Chappell & Co. were traitors.
As for the Pak series, it’s a pity that after that wonderful series in 1976-77, the cricketing relationship between the nations was badly damaged by such incidences. I think the 1982 tour by Hughes’ men wasn’t a happy one either.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Apart from Lewis, one other player made his test debut at Delhi, 1972. Ramnath Parkar was an opening bat; he shared the opening duty with Gavaskar. Thus he takes the 3rd place in the long list of opening partners of Sunil. After successive failures at Delhi and Calcutta his test career ended. But he could consider himself unlucky not to make the India WC squad for 1975.
In Dec. 1995, he dropped he daughter to school in Mumbai. On his way back his two wheeler was struck by another vehicle. He remained in coma for 43 months before dying in 1999. It is one of the saddest story in Indian cricket.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Yes, Ian Craig’s case was interesting. it seemed that after double Ashes loses the selectors wanted to build a completely new team under a new captain.
Harvey’s case also deserves consideration. it seemed that he was considered a specialist Vice Captain.

Cricket's unlikely captains

Mike Brearley’s case is fairly similar to Close’s except that Mike had a much longer spell as captain. Neither were good enough to play regularly for their national team but both successful captains.
I certainly thought about Mike but at the end I felt that he belonged to the category of ‘Born captains’ rather than ‘unlikely captains’.

Cricket's unlikely captains

One interesting aspect of Tony Lewis debut test at Delhi was that the test finished on the Christmas day. The test started on the 20 th with 22nd the rest day.

Cricket's unlikely captains

really surprised to learn that they are planning a test series in Bangladesh in June when the monsoon is likely to be most intense. Still, welcome folks-and don’t forget to bring your umbrella-a real big one if possible.

Langer says Test side likely to stay unchanged for June series against Bangladesh

The thing I like most about Lyon is that he is a traditional off spinner. I find the media obsession with doosra and other mystery deliveries bit annoying. In case of saqlain Mushtaq a great talent, it got to his head too much and he started concentrating on it when his other skills needed sharpening

Nathan Lyon’s greatness should be more appreciated

Nice article. Although a bit confused by thommo caught behind by Miller. Was he the wk?

The six greatest Boxing Day Tests of all time

Jason Gillespie did a great job for Aus but mostly remained in the shadows of Warne and McGrath. Was a fine bowler.

An Australian XI of unsung heroes

Thanks

An Australian XI of unsung heroes

Bob Holland can take Yardley”s place as the spinner. However, he was more of a horses for courses performer than an unsung hero. His course was SCG, he had two match winning 10 wickets hauls there. Also played his part in the Lord’s success of 1985. But the Indian batters made him look like a club bowler at SCG in Jan 1986.

An Australian XI of unsung heroes

Again if the time line is stretched then Ian Johnson can be included in place of Yardley and can be made the captain. Actually. I don’t know too much about Johnson. I don’t think he was the most popular captain in Aussie history. Keith Miller was the people”s choice but the board considered him too unpredictable for the job.

An Australian XI of unsung heroes

Thanks for all the thoughtful comments if the time line be stretched to post war days then Ian redpath and Bill Johnstone would replace Ritchie and Lawson respectively. Ritchie perhaps is a slightly biased pick because I was a big fan of him

An Australian XI of unsung heroes