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Minhajul Abedin from Chittagong was a candidate for the Tiger’s place. A middle order bat, he made his debut in 1985 and remained a regular till 1999 WC. Had a successful WC as well; but despite massive media support wasn’t considered for test matches.
If I pick him in them middle order then Jamie Cox comes in for Siddons to open the innings.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

I have allocated only one slot for each nation. So if I get Rice, then Biji misses out.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

Colin Munro (NZ) has played only one test. He failed with the bat but took 2 for 40. His 1st class batting average is over 50 and he is an useful medium pacer. Not sure why hasn’t got more chances fro the Kiwis. May be they just see him as a limited over specialist.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

Sorry, I can’t explain ; but I read it here
https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/19-super-talented-cricketers-who-never-played-test-cricket-17802
and also at the wiki.
Satha and De Saram were the key batsmen for Ceylon at the time.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

I would like to add a few more words about Raqibul Hasan, one of my childhood heroes. I said that he had to flee to Calcutta. But don’t take him as a coward, in fact he was anything but a coward.
Although Bangladesh (the East Pakistan) declared their independence on 26th March, 1971, the talk of independence was gong for quite a while.
‘Joy Bangla’ of ‘Victory for Bangla’ was the common slogan then and it’s still used here. So, when Raqibul went out to bat against the International XI, he had ”Joi Bangla’ written on his bat (in Bangla). One of the close fielders asked him about it and he explained everything to him. From that player the team management learned about it, and the Pak board also heard about the incident.
So far everything was in good sprit. But when the crackdown started in Dacca in the final week of March, Raqibul’s name was towards the top of the list. So, he had to flee to save his life.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

His 1st class average doesn’t seem great. Anyway, there were at least half a dozen viable options from Australia.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

Yes he was a fine cricketer; even Sir Don thought very highly of him.
But, here I have restricted me to test playing nations. If I considered associate nations, then
King, Steve Tikolo (Kenya) and a SA born Dutch cricketer would have been strong candidates.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

Hussey is a very strong candidate. Aus has quite a few very good cricketer never to play test cricket , but I had only one slot for Aus.
As for Sathasivam, this article might interest everyone. Wiki also mentions about Sobers and Worrell
https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/19-super-talented-cricketers-who-never-played-test-cricket-17802

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

As I mentioned in the article, Rice came very close to selection in my team.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

First I took Siddons from Aus and 2nd I gave WK position to Afghanistan.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

Yasir Shah completely bamboozles Buttler. Pak on top. Nasim Shah is getting the ball move away off the seam nicely. But, I think he is just bowling half a yard too short.

The real test of Pakistan's young bowling and England's fragile batting

A few more batting efforts from my memory:
Denis Amiss: double hundred at the oval, 1976-was overshadowed by Viv and Holding
Bill Lawry-carried the bat against Bedi and Pras at Delhi 1969-70 for a losing cause. I think he scored 49*.
Desmond Haynes’ century at SCG in 1988-89.
Greenidge: his two double hundreds in 1984 made the headlines. But previous autumn at Kanpur he scored 194; Dujon and Marshall gave him company after the top order had perished early.
This was the 1st test of the series- and Windies won the series 3-0.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

It almost seems strange to talk about 103, 112 or 144 from Sir Don. More accustomed to hearing about his 254, 299 (not out I guess) or 334.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

That 103 must be at Headingley. Many pundits consider his 103 & 16 at Headingley in 1938 as a big ‘failure’.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Thanks, but actually for bowlers I have only considered their bowling efforts. And part 2 is only for the bowlers.
A couple of books can be written on this topic, I guess.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

For both Warne and Marshall (also in my list) there are plenty of viable options. For both I would prefer the ones that led to victory; but perhaps their efforts (in my view) wasn’t appreciated enough.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Warney is certainly in my list. It can be from the English midlands; or it can be from somewhere in South Asia.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

I read in Ramachandra Guha’s cricket anthology about McCabe innings in SA. don’t find people talking about it too much.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Thanks. Normally the big scores get the limelights; but these fighting innings are equally important. I wonder what was Bradman’s most underrated effort?

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Thanks. I would be adding 5 more bowling efforts in part 2. Dozens of such efforts can be recalled.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Looking forward to it. I will be outside Dhaka tomorrow afternoon, so possibly join the action around tea time.

Pakistan's tour of England: What to expect

Off topic:
(slightly belated) Eid Mubarak to everyone.

The best Test team of left-arm spinners

Yes, great suggestions.

The best Test team of left-arm spinners

I am a natural southpaw and wanted a team of ‘perfect’ left handers; sadly the Rhodes mistake spoiled it a bit. Another reason was to reduce the number of candidates in my team; there have been so many left arm spinners over the years.

The best Test team of left-arm spinners

Hedley Verity batted right handed. Otherwise he would have been a very strong candidate for selection in my team.

The best Test team of left-arm spinners