Many say test match cricket is languishing in the doldrums at this moment in time. هناك كل أنواع من الخطط التي يجري مرمي حول محاولة ويتنفس ما يصل به ذيول معطف. Such one sided demolitions as the England Sri Lanka series only add weight to the naysayers cause and the half empty (أو يجب أن تكون كاملة?!) stands at Chester Le Street don’t exactly help matters.
As always the answer to turn things around isn’t straight forward. We’re all searching for that silver bullet or miracle cure to guarantee packed stadia but the only thing that is clear is that there is no simple answer.
One thing is for certain – cricket is in the entertainment business and so needs to, حسنا, entertain. Two tests in and England Sri Lanka has not entertained. There’s supposed to be sport in sport – shooting fish in a barrel doesn’t draw the punters in. I can’t see people rushing to snap up tickets for the third and final test at Lords.
بالطبع انها ليست الوحيدة الفرق التي تحصل على المتشردون على مقاعد. Individual players have the ability to light up an entire stadium and even, في اوقات, أمة بأكملها. I once turned up at Headingly to see England against the West Indies but was there five minutes late (thanks to the Great British trains) only to hear as we ambled past security that a wicket had fallen already. Sure enough it was the man I really wanted to see – none other than Kevin Pietersen – and although England still scored a hatful of runs, ultimately I was left disappointed.
Alistair Cook’s recent achievement of being the youngest ever player to hit 10,000 test runs and the first Englishman to achieve the feat is right up there (وأحسنت) but personally speaking I wouldn’t shell out money just to see him soldier on and anchor an innings together. He’s the bread to allow the tasty preserves to be spread on top. Without the bread the preserves just taste weird but without the preserves the bread just tastes a little dry and boring.
So I was thinking recently what would be the most exciting XI ever? A side of eleven stout yeoman who would grace any slice of Hovis (enough bread metaphors already!!) and have them dancing in the aisles. ليست هذه هي نفس قائمة أفضل من أي وقت مضى. Best ever lists are almost impossible to put together anyway – different eras and different pitches make comparisons sketchy at best. In putting together this list I’ve tried to reach out across the cricketing divide and include different nationalities where possible. Personality also comes into the calculations and it must be remembered I’ve only been watching cricket since the mid to late 80s. آسف W.G. Grace but you’re back in the pavilion. This will be a band of renegades to tour the world and showcase the best cricket has to offer – even if many of them are rather long in the tooth.
حتى نرى ما ترون إلى أدناه. I’ve gone with the modern day formula of five front line batsmen, an all-rounder, stumper and then four front line bowlers – one of whom is a spinner. I must admit to cheating just a little – I’ve selected a group of five batsmen rather than two openers, a number three and so on so forth.
My five hitters:
السيد IVA ريتشاردز (سيدي فيف) يجب أن يكون على أي قائمة. The man mountain was simply immense and could rip a bowling attack to shreds with his aggression and style. عندما تكون في أخدود (معظم الوقت) كان من المستحيل عاء على أو تعيين حقل إلى. When faced with difficult pitches his response was simply: "هل حصلت على الرجل الخفاش, defend yourself.” If he was playing today he would average well into the 60s
Sachin Tendulkar. حسنا, so this isn’t really about records but the Little Master is the best part of 2,500 runs ahead of the next best in terms of runs accumulated over a test career (Ricky Ponting). He is also feted as almost God like by 1.2billion Indians – that should shift a few seats in the stadium. On top of it all though he was simply immense even if he did suffer from being part of an Indian side who hated touring – English eyes rarely saw the best of him.
Kevin Pietersen. حسنا, so the guy carries with him a suitcase full of baggage but boy, الرجل يمكن (ولا تزال ممكنة) مضرب. هناك عدد قليل جدا من الذين يمكن أن تحول من خلال التروس بأسرع ما يستطيع. Great entertainment value. I did consider Chris Gayle and he came close to nicking the spot. لكن KP الخونة فقط في أمامه.
ستيف وو. If there is one cricketer I would want on my side to help out when the chips are down then that man is Steve Waugh. The man is as solid as they come and would be my captain. His brother Mark was the more flashy of the twins but flashy doesn’t always mean entertaining. He would be the glue that binds this unit of renegades together. Useful back up bowler too (he was only a few short of the magical 100 wickets to complement the many thousands of runs).
بريان لارا. What a brilliant player. عندما يكون حول, سجلات تعثر. وقال انه حطم الرقم القياسي العالمي لمعظم أشواط يحرز في اختبار أدوار ليس مرة واحدة بل مرتين. He even hit 500 in one innings. Every time he walked to the wicket you felt something momentous might happen. Quite incredible.
مدلل وليس لاختيار هنا ولكن كان Adam Gilchrist who invented the modern day knack of wicket keepers being able to flay the willow. His keeping could have been better but as part of a great Aussie side of which he was the beating heart, نادرا ما يتعرض. His batting on the other hand was simply awesome, حتى لو حصلت فريدي فلينتوف بصمته في نهاية مسيرته. He was a big game player too and would be a dependable option should my other stars fail.
مرة أخرى, الكثير من الخيارات هنا. The all rounder is so often the beating heart of a great team so it’s vital to get this one right. The winning man needs to be able to bat and bowl (obviously) but also carry the team forward. هذا هو السبب في أنني قد ذهبت ل إيان بوثام. Brilliant bowler and very good batsman, ‘Both’ would also be in charge of choosing the wine list. Both’s drinking exploits are as legendary as his on-field achievements and he will make sure the team has some ‘rosy cheeks’ before and after a match.
There are only two possible options from the modern day era – or arguably any era. شين وارن و Muttiah Muralitheran سبيكة هذا واحد. انها دعوة قريبة جدا - السريلانكي تقاعد مع 800 wickets to his name and Warne wasn’t far behind him – but I want an umbrella of nations to be represented in this side to attract viewers from across the globe and Murali is the only Sri Lankan to get close. وارن, who has the bigger the personality of the two, يمكن أن تحمل المشروبات و 12العاشر man and be a second spinner should the pitch suit.
Dennis Lillee – brilliant bowler and fearsome / fearless Aussie patter. ومن شأن ذلك أن "بقعة وحدها تخيفني.
Allan Donald – If Lillee doesn’t get the heart rate skipping a beat then this man will. Brilliant bowler who scared many of his victims to surrender their wicket. الطلاء الحرب بيضاء على وجهه فقط إضافة إلى جاذبية. My one South African representative.
Malcolm Marshall – إذا كان ثلاثي تيرة السادة بوثام, Donald and Lillee doesn’t get you then surely the late, great Marshall will finish you off. Out of a terrifying pace attack in the 70s and 80s Marshall is widely regarded as the best of the lot although old ‘Whispering Death’ Michael Holding comes close.
لذلك فإنه يوجد لديك. A completely un-scientific stab at a test side worth the admission price. The top seven have over 66,000 runs between them and the bowlers a combined 2,200 wickets. تستحق ساعة?
وجدت هذا مفيدا? يرجى إعلامنا عن طريق إسقاط التعليق أدناه. إذا كنت ترغب في الاشتراك يرجى استخدام الرابط الاشتراك في القائمة في اعلى اليمين. يمكنك أيضا مشاركة هذا مع أصدقائك باستخدام الروابط الاجتماعية أدناه. في صحتك.