Test Cricket Smackdown – The Australia v England Ashes Obscure and Forgotten Player Battle

Welcome to another edition of the forgotten player smackdown, but this time we’ve got the Ashes bug in our system and have decided to do an Ashes themed one.

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Origin Obscurity
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We’ve selected an eleven for each side, who have either been forgotten, or you totally forgot they played a test. All these players are good, you have to be to play test cricket, but these are the ones who slip quickly out of the spotlight. Almost unfairly.

After the way the first test went, this might be the only match the Aussies win.

AUSTRALIAN FORGOTTEN XI

Given the bowlers look like scoring as many runs as the batsmen, we’ve selected a bowling heavy XI.

The mos that matter open the batting and the only other recognised batsman Martin Love scored a 100 and never played again. Funky Miller had plenty to offer on and off the field. Shaun Young was selected as he was in England at the time and we had no players left. Casson and Cullen were in the long line of replacements in the post Warne/Macgill era.

MIKE VALETTA

M Inn Runs HS Avg
8 11 207 39 18.81

GRAEME WOOD

M Inn Runs HS Avg
59 112 3374 172 31.83

MARTIN LOVE

M Inn Runs HS Avg
5 8 233 100* 46.6

COLIN “FUNKY” MILLER

M W BB I BB M AVG
18 69 5-32 10-116 26.15

GRAHAM MANOU

M Inn Runs HS Avg Catch
1 2 21 13* 21 3

TONY DODEMAIDE

M W BB I BB M AVG
10 34 6/58 7/98 28.02

SHAUN YOUNG

M Inn Runs HS Avg
1 2 4 4* 4

JO ANGEL

M W BB I BB M AVG
4 10 3/58 5/146 46.3

PETER MCINTYRE

M W BB I BB M AVG
2 5 3/103 3/107 38.8

BEAU CASSON

M W BB I BB M AVG
1 3 3/86 3/129 43

DAN CULLEN

M W BB I BB M AVG
1 1 1/25 1/54 54

 

ENGLAND FORGOTTEN XI

Plenty of names you know but forget.

A lot of these players kicked on post Test career in county cricket. Ronnie Irani is now on sports radio in the UK, Chris Lewis has served time for drugs smuggling, and Ryan Sidebottom was selected on name alone. Jack Russell was a must with memories of his floppy hat and mo. It also includes the King of Spain Ashley Giles.

JOHN CRAWLEY

M Inn Runs HS Avg
37 61 1800 156* 34.61

MARK RAMPRAKASH

M Inn Runs HS Avg
52 92 2350 154 27.32

GRAEME HICK

M Inn Runs HS Avg
65 114 3383 178 31.32

USMAN AFZAAL

M Inn Runs HS Avg
3 6 83 54 16.6

ADAM HOLLIOAKE

M Inn Runs HS Avg
4 6 65 45 10.83

RONNIE IRANI

M W BB I BB M AVG
3 3 1/22 1/33 37.33
M Inn Runs HS Avg
3 5 86 41 17.2

JACK RUSSELL

M Inn Runs HS Avg Catch
54 86 1897 128* 27.1 153

RYAN SIDEBOTTOM

M W BB I BB M AVG
22 79 7/47 10/139 28.24

DEVON MALCOLM

M W BB I BB M AVG
40 128 9/57 10/137 37.09

CHRIS LEWIS

M W BB I BB M AVG
32 93 6/111 7/114 37.52

ASHLEY GILES

M W BB I BB M AVG
54 143 5/57 9/122 40.6

 

 

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