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from what I have read, Cowdrey was a great slip fielder.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

Interestingly, Gifford made his ODI debut at the age of 45, playing in Sharjah in 1985. He led an experimental eng team in two matches.
after losing to Aus in a nail biting finish, the Eng team took on Pak in the 3rd place decider. In an underprepared wicket, he took 4-23 against pak, but still ended up in the losing side.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

* didn’t always remained a certainty

England's 'Deadly' weapon

Interestingly, despite his great record, Underwood always remained a certainty in the starting XI. Some pundits felt that Gifford, amore orthodox slow bowler, was more suitable for slow turning tracks, specially in the subcontinent.
Gifford was controversially picked ahead of derek in the 3rd test at Chennai in 1972-73. He did a good job in the first innings, taking 3-64 including the big wicket of sunil. but then in the 4th innings, India just managed reach their target of 86 losing 6 wickets. After Chris Old took couple o early wickets, Pat Pocock with his of spin ran through the middle order. But Gifford remained wicketless. Many feel that with the’ deadly’ in the team eng could have pulled off a remarkable victory.
At Kanpur against India in the next test, and later at Hyderabad (sind) against Pak Gifford and derek played together.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

Yes. Very interesting. and Eng didn’t pick Phil Edmonds either. Emburey played 4 tests, Willey was the only spinner in other two, although he didn’t bowl in the 1st test.
This strategy may have something to do with Aus left handers Wood, Border, Yallop and Marsh I guess.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

I didn’t mention i in the article, but I think he always enjoyed great success against the kiwis.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

I think Deadly’s best performance in Aus was a 10 wicket haul at the Adelaide Oval in 74-75.It was for a losing cause. the first day was washed out but the ‘poms’ still managed to lose.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

Thanks. Actually reading that article encouraged me to write this piece. I found the first hand description of the Hampshire-Kent match from Mark Nicholas quite fascinating.

England's 'Deadly' weapon

I often say, in the style of Tolstoy-All lucky cricketers are alike; each unlucky cricketer is unlucky in his own way.
Certainly applies to Brad Hodge.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

I could have included Brad Hodge in the middle order by pushing Taslim Arif to his normal openers slot. But, I didn’t want to drop Merchant and it was difficult to find anyone from Zim other than Arnott.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

yes good point. It was a nightmare for him.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

Well, surely he will get a mention in my article. The lucky charm, not that the WI team at the time needed any.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

I really liked dave Whatmore as the tigers coach. But as a player, I think he was pretty ordinary.

A Test team of my childhood heroes: Part 2

Apart from Merchant, Md. Nissar and Amar singh from the early days of Indian cricket were two possible options. Nissar, of course, settled in Pakistan after the partition.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

And of course, I can still change the 2nd half of my team. I haven’t yet written the 2nd part; although I have more or less selected the players.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

* too many

When ten is the limit: Part 1

Thanks for your comment. I mentioned in the article that I decided only to consider the players who made their test debut after 1930. Otherwise, it would have very difficult to pick one from Aus and One form Eng. There would be too any options. You mentioned couple of those in your comment.
As for ‘chuck’; his test record isn’t brilliant.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

Your guess is correct. it was very tough call.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

I have reserved a fast bowler’s berth to a west indian. But, again there is more than one option available.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

Desmond Lewis from Jamaica, a WK cum opening batsman deserves mention. In three tests against India in 1971 he scored 3 half centuries and averaged over 86 with the bat. But the selectors always rated both Deryck Murray and Mike Findlay ahead of him in the keeping department.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

I think Toohey had a bad ashes series. But I still feel he was unlucky not to make the autumn(northern) tour to india in 1979. Should have taken the place of dave Whatmore. Or one of the openers Wood or darling could have been dropped. Hilditch was there, and Yallop opened in the last two tests.

A Test team of my childhood heroes: Part 2

I actually didn’t include Randall in my XI, but I did mention in one of my comments that he was the closest among the Englishmen in making my team.

A Test team of my childhood heroes: Part 2

Clue: a spinner who played all his five tests in one Ashes series.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

Iftekhar al khan Pataudi played for both eng and India (possibly 3 tests each) and hence was qualified to represent two teams.

When ten is the limit: Part 1

The Healey vs Marsh debate came in to prominence when the experts of cricinfo selected Healy as the best Aus wk of the 20th century. The main point was Healy’s keeping in Warne’s bowling.
Marsh never had much chance to keep wicket to ra eally great spinner.
But Ian chappell did mention that he was much impressed by Mrash’s keeping with one of the left arm spinners (probably inverarity) bowling over the wicket to the right handers.

A Test team of my childhood heroes: Part 2