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Originally started as a cricket podcast. I have begun branching out and writing about Cricket. Super passionate about cricket especially Test Cricket. If anyone would like to catch the podcast we are available on Soundcloud, Spotify, Apple and Google podcasts and anywhere else you can find Podcasts. https://linktr.ee/TwoSlipsandaGully

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AB DeVilliers is one such example of saying that he would consider winning an IPL title as a higher honour than a WC.

And day in day out franchise cricket is typically a higher standard the T20I especially in the IPL.
You’ve sort of proved my point, if all the teams picked their best players and left the IPL with what’s left then you’re right international cricket would be a higher standard but this article is highlighting that isn’t the case. Players are saying no to representing their country to play in the IPL.

Cricket typically has been a spot where day in day out international level is the pinnacle of the sport. In the terms of the T20 format that’s only the case when a World Cup comes around. When it’s not a World Cup year clearly the highest level of competition is the IPL and the more players turn their backs on bilateral tours to play franchise cricket the more T20 internationals will fall behind and could end up like soccer where the EPL and Serie A rules the roost day in day out until a World Cup comes around.

Can we stop cricketers chasing the pot of gold?

Historically speaking that hasn’t worked well for us in that past

Finch should push players towards IPL return, not away

I think you’re severely underrating Kallis here and mistaking a lack of flair at the crease with simple dour accumulation.
Kallis doesn’t have the sheer ferocity of Stokes but has played a number of innings of note in both ODI and Test cricket.
Windies in Cape Town in ‘99 scored 80 after being 30/3 then took a 5fer in the 4th innings.
A similar match saving knock in the 3rd innings against Sri Lanka in Kandy when Murali tore through the side. He batted for hours in horrible conditions to set up a 180 run chase which was enough to win by half a dozen runs or so.
Even in one day cricket he’s played knocks of great stature.
The 1998 Champions Trophy he scored 118 off 100 balls in the semi final after SA were 87 for 4 at one stage and then in the final took 5/30 to skittle the Windies and help win the game.
The assertion that Kallis never did it when it mattered is severely overblown and systemic of people overrating swashbuckling knocks that save a game and undervalue a steady contributor that often means that heroics aren’t required at the end of the game.
Sure there are things Stokes does that don’t come naturally to Kallis but the reverse is also true.

An all-time Test XI with a twist

Kallis is a much much much better batsman.
You don’t accidentally score 13k runs at a better average than Sachin if you’re a worse batsman than Stokes.

Stokes has more strings to his bow with the ball. But Kallis managed to find ways to be effective.

Kallis is comfortably better than Stokes

An all-time Test XI with a twist

Sangakkara would be the obvious one to drop out if it was purely ‘The Greatest Player’ from each nation.
I dare say Gavaskar, Akram and Steyn likely would drop out of the side as well for Sachin, Imran and Kallis

An all-time Test XI with a twist

I saw that article.
A very impressive list and well researched.

I certainly haven’t got it planned out to 7 teams deep.
But if I was to pick a 2nd and 3rd XI I think I’d have:

2nd XI

Len Hutton Eng
Tamim Iqbal Ban
Kane Williamson NZ
Sachin Tendulkar Ind
Jaques Kallis SA
Kevin O’Brien Ire
Brian Taylor Zim
Imran Khan Pak
Shane Warne Aus
Malcolm Marshall WI
Muttiah Murulitharan SL

3rd XI

Graeme Smith SA
Alastair Cook Eng
Rahul Dravid Ind
Brian Lara WI
Inzamam I’m-Haq Pak
Mominul Haque Ban
Mohammad Shazad Afg
Heath Streak Zim
Rangana Herath SL
Shane Bond NZ
Glenn McGrath Aus

An all-time Test XI with a twist

In regards to Imran, those were my thoughts exactly. I’m a huge fan of Imran, he averaged something like 50 with the bat and 19 with the ball as captain.
I went with Akram however to be that point of difference with the left arm action.
And Akram’s record speaks for itself.

An all-time Test XI with a twist

The end of the IPL will be played in the UAE, not India

Finch should push players towards IPL return, not away

My big drama with it all is that it doesn’t allow Australia to practise with a finished product.
We’re yet to really find out who our death bowler is going to be.
Cummins looks to be the likely choice but hasn’t really nailed the position down in international cricket yet.

Our other big issues lie around the balance of our middle order. We have no notable finisher in positions 6 or 7 and the choices that seem likely typically bat in the top 4 in Stoinis and Carey.

These games were supposed to be a chance for Langer to have a long look at what the best possible XI would be running into the WC.
And while the IPL would surely be a higher standard of cricket if we need our players to still be honing their skills this late in the piece we could be in real trouble heading into the tournament

Finch should push players towards IPL return, not away

Thanks very much 👍
The only potential change I saw myself making is Sobers for Kallis and Steyn for Malcolm Marshall.
But I’m pretty happy with the final selections.

An all-time Test XI with a twist

Either that or Tim Murtagh.
Got to have some love for a man than can rip the Poms apart at Lords no less.

An all-time Test XI with a twist

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