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Saturday, September 25, 2010


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Well said. I personally find it hard to evaluate players I haven't seen play, you seem to be up to it.

I once compiled an Australian side based entirely on their 20-year dominance (c. 1987 - 2007) and Hayden still didn't make the XI.

Hayden tried to play in the mid 90s, era of Wasim and Waqar, Walsh and Ambrose and the rest (Gough and Caddick, anyone.. never mind) and averaged 12.

He then only ever managed to maintain a high average on tarmac tracks in India and in dominated home tests where he was never really needed, averaging under 40 in England, South Africa and NZ.

Meanwhile, Taylor and Slater had helped re-define what an opener could do in the 1990s and took on the best bowlers in the world with aplomb.

The final team was:

M Waugh
S Waugh


Thanks HoweZat. I probably should have included Slats in my longlist as he couldbe devastating on his day when if his temperament was a bit suspect at times. I wouldn't disagree too much with your team except I'd probably have Gillespie in there ahead of Hughes or Lee.

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