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Best ever Test Eleven
#1
You can enter the ECB competition here:
https://edgbaston.com/ecb-begin-search-n...mens-test/
Never mind that they have left off the long list probably the finest bowler ever to play for England (who also played for Warwickshire).  And I don't mean Eddie Hemmings!
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#2
Are you on Eric Hollies or are you going all the way back to Frank Foster? Plenty of Warwickshire players on the long list although there's no 'keeper. Tim Ambrose would be something of a stretch I suppose although Tiger Smith should perhaps have made the list.

Is the listing of Tim Robinson as a potential middle order batsman the weirdest suggestion?
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(13-07-2018, 06:45 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: Are you on Eric Hollies or are you going all the way back to Frank Foster? Plenty of Warwickshire players on the long list although there's no 'keeper. Tim Ambrose would be something of a stretch I suppose although Tiger Smith should perhaps have made the list.

Is the listing of Tim Robinson as a potential middle order batsman the weirdest suggestion?

Neither Hollies nor Foster, though the latter would be a good call and I'm in that era.
As for wicketkeepers, Dick Lilley is on the list.
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#4
I completed my line up earlier, it took longer than I thought. There was only 2 bears in there (but quite a few sirs!).

I spent the longest deliberating over who to have at 3 in the order. I went for Trott, but I didn't know if I was just being sentimental or not so I started looking at stats for all of the options. After a little while doing this I remembered it was just a bit of fun so just went with my heart and left him in there.
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#5
The (briefly) ex-Bear who didn't even get on the list was the great Sydney Barnes.
In just 27 Test matches, he took a small matter of 189 wickets at 16.43 each.  When he and Warwickshire's Frank Foster opened the bowling in Australia in 1911/12, they took over 60 wickets between them in the series.  In South Africa in 1913/14, he took 49 wickets in the first four Test matches and then refused to play in the fifth because of a financial dispute.
Being the strong-minded character he was, I suspect he would have a few words to say about not even getting included in the long list.
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#6
S F Barnes is - quite rightly - on the long list but under the pseudonym of Syndey Barnes. I can almost hear the gruff voice snarling "don't call me Cindy".
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(18-07-2018, 05:11 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: S F Barnes is - quite rightly - on the long list but under the pseudonym of Syndey Barnes. I can almost hear the gruff voice snarling "don't call me Cindy".

Apologies - I must have missed him.  I tried to get back to the list to take a second look but because I had already submitted my team, it wouldn't let me see the list again.
Yes, I don't think he would have been very impressed that they got his name wrong.
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