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    December 21, 2005

    The exciting XI

    In the context of this excellent Stickers XI by Chandrahas Choudhury, I thought it'd be fun to come up with a side of players who really are exciting to watch in test cricket. Here goes, in batting order:It was actually a tough call between Chris Gayle and Shahid Afridi. Gayle did have his moments last year and he has always been great to watch, especially his batting. He doesn't actually look energetic and probably looks too lazy to have any sort of impact. He did score a triple century against South Africa, but overall he hasn't really shown any signs of match-winning/turning performances the ones above have displayed in test cricket.

    I think I'd pick Warne as the captain, despite him not captaining Australia currently. Ponting's captaincy has been quite uninspirational and this exciting bunch of players needs to be led by someone who can take outrageous decisions on the field. So, what do you think about this side? What would your side be? Chatter away in your comments!
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    Sachin Tendulkar is missing from here. I think he can be swashbuckling still if he wants to be. But, you seem to have compiled this on recent personal and team form. If some ppl have come in here by reputation, ST deserves a look in too.

    Chris Cairns has been left out. He is an outstanding bat and a useful bowler.

    By Blogger Srini at the Movies (21-Dec-2005, 5:29:00 PM)  

    Srini: Tendulkar doesn't evoke awe in me any more. Yes, there is the odd instance, such as game one against Sri Lanka at Nagpur, and that was in a one-dayer. I'm guessing that the last swashbuckling knock Sachin Tendulkar played in a test was against Australia at Bombay, before that? I don't know. Those in my list have been fairly consistent in terms of their madness :) Besides, the list was in the context of test cricket, which is why Cairns doesn't feature there because he retired from tests in 2004.

    By Blogger Jagadish (21-Dec-2005, 8:47:00 PM)  

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