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What Is Your Teams Best World Cup XI?

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With the WC approaching, and most boards/selectors, picking and finalising their final 15 man squad for this years, World Cup, I was wondering what is your teams beat XI is?

There are a lot of talking points for some of the squad selections, questions such as, which side looks strongest? Which side looks more balanced? Do you worry for some teams because the selectors have made mistakes? A lot to talk about I know...

And, about the squads, have there have been some surprises...What do you make of your final 15? Are you happy?

I'll try to write fair views on the squad selections of the major teams in the WC.

Australia: They, like India have a number of injury problems, but for India it seems their strongest final 11 should most likely be fully fit, whereas Australia there are a lot of doubts. I just cannot see Hussey making it, even though the WC is long, him not playing will play a MASSIVE part in how well Australia play. Hodge, Siddle and Doherty were the main guys to miss out in Australia's final 15, surprised?

India: India probably have the strongest, most experienced batting line-up, especially on sub-continent pitches. However their bowling is not as strong, though I feel, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel and these spinners (India have quite a lot of them in their team) are capable of taking 10 wickets. Rohit Sharma was left out of their squad, no surprise to me... but the big talking point seems to be will Sachin be fit? I think he will, there is still 30+ days to go...

Pakistan: Like always they have gone for a mix of youth and experience, Mohammad Yousuf has been left out, which in my opinion is a good move. We need to remember, Pakistan may not be playing in Pakistan, but they will be playing on sub-continent pitches, that like the other sub-continent teams is a favouring factor for them. How will they do? I have no clue, I for one do not have my hopes and exceptions high.

England: England have not named their final 15, yet... Who do you think will be picked? Will Shahzad, Tremlett, get the nod? Will England surprise and drop Collingwood? They better not! Will Broad be picked in the final 15, despite him still recovering from injury? Will they risk it?

Sri Lanka: Veterans, Vaas and Jaysuriya were left out, Sanath answered his critics by smashing 3 consecutive 50+ knocks(I think). Sri Lanka seem to think that they need a Jaysuriya type player in the WC, and the openers may not be able to give them that quick fire start, i.e. Tharanga.

South Africa: Will announce their squad tonight, FAF du Plesis has just hit his maiden half-century on debut in what seem to be tough conditions. Has he just booked himself a place in the final 15? Will new boy Imran Tahir get a place in the side?

Others sides I have missed out, you can of course still discuss... New Zealand, WI, Bangla...

Please discuss maturely, you can of course discuss other things about the World Cup, but try to keep the thread clean. WUMs will of course be deleted.

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comment by ianp1970 (U854410)

posted Jan 18, 2011

My choice:

Gooch
Trescothick
Hick
Pietersen
Fairbrother
Stewart
Flintoff
Botham
Swann
Gough
Underwood

Think they could go a long way in the tournament!


In all seriousness I would go for:

Strauss
Davies
Bell
Pietersen
Morgan
Collingwood
Patel
Bresnen
Yardy
Swann
Anderson

I think on those slow, low pitches 3 spinners is the way to go.

The selectors will probably replace Patel with Broad, taking Trott, Shazhad, Tredwell and Wright as back-ups.

On a side issue, does anyone know the rules regarding replacement of injured players during the tournament? If it is strictly no-way, then there might be some mileage in taking a keeper specialist as a reserve.

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posted Jan 18, 2011

Edward Mills Grace

Surely Bell's slowness at five on Sunday will push them towards your second team?

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comment by ianp1970 (U854410)

posted Jan 18, 2011

Ulidian

I would be very surprised if that team does not play England's last match of the WC.

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posted Jan 18, 2011

In the West Indian team I'd defo want Roach, I have no clue as to how you can leave him out. He's your best front-line, stike bowler, you're gonna need him.

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comment by crifan (U1733942)

posted Jan 18, 2011

SL has weak links in batting. Tharanga up front and Kapugedara in the middle. Pace is decent with Lasith and Kula.

Spin is deadly with Murali and Mendis.

I predict SL to be in semis. I doubt they go to finals.

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posted Jan 18, 2011

The "Bell is not a n5 debate"

I see where you're coming from with this, but I believe that on the slow subcontinent wickets the n5 main role will be to keep the score ticking over against what will most likely be the spinners, and Bell plays spin as well as anyone in the England team IMO.

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comment by 931035 (U14413101)

posted Jan 19, 2011

It doesn't really matter what our (England's) best 11 is now as some of them weren't picked for the squad.

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posted Jan 21, 2011

DEAR amir mir,u say ;How will they do? I have no clue, I for one do not have my hopes and exceptions high''.
pakistan team getting in gear and players like unis khan,kamran akmal,umar akmal,mohd hafeez,umar gul and misbah will prove their metal on sub continent pitches.
i for 1 have my hopes so high that have bought a 52 inch tv on instalments.though not sure of load sheding.
PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

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posted Jan 24, 2011

The Pakistani squad has been selected and I think the best XI would be as follows: 1. Ahmed Shehzad, 2. Kamran Akmal, 3. Yunus Khan (Captain), 4. Umar Akmal. 5. Misbah, 6. Shafiq, 7. Razzaq, 8. Afridi, 9. Wahab, 10. Gul, 11. Ajmal. Only if these XI stay fit and play to their full potential has Pakistan got chance of progressing in the World Cup. This gives Pakistan long batting line up which they will need and five and possibly six bowlers if you include Yunus. The four players in the reserve are not really good enough apart from Sohail Tanvir who is currently out of form as he is returning to international cricket after long absence through injury.

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posted Jan 24, 2011

not sure what direction SA are going for in their team seems top 5 pure batters No 6 big hitter then bowlers who bat a bit at 7 and 8 except botha and parnell are not in the klusner and Pollock class so stupid idea!

Also why is everyone writing of New zealand so fast there's a reasons they've pretty much made the semis since 1992!!!!! and in martin and southee they have good seamers for sub continent conditions plus vettori is quality ODI spinner so is mcullum and then with B Mcullum, Guptill, Taylor and Jesse ryder they have some serious power hitters and Kane williamson seems to be coming along nicely now! can see them making the Semis again

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