Fathers XI vs. Who will win the Sons XI backyard cricket challenge?


The holiday season is long gone, that time of year when we reunite with family, have a good time, overeat, drink a few beers, and tell all the stories we can get away with.

It’s also time to hit the tennis balls, find the gray nick you haven’t seen in 12 months, briefly hose down the concrete area, add a dustbin as a very smelly lid and try to remember the local rules. it caused a lot of controversy last year.

That’s right, it’s time for the backyard cricket match where the sons do their best to beat their fathers, and the fathers cling to their imagined paternal dominance for another year.

To make it more interesting this year, I am presenting a fantasy match where 11 Test fathers are pitted against their Test sons, and the selector’s task is to find two balanced and competitive teams. Here are the teams in batting order.

Fathers XI

1. Geoff Marsh, Australia: 50 Tests, 2854 runs at 33.18, including four centuries and 15 fifties

The nonsense that valued his goal.

2. Nazar Mohammad, Pakistan: Five Tests, 277 runs at 39.57, including a century and a fifty

He became the first Pakistani batsman to face the ball in Test cricket and the first Test cricketer to stay in the field for an entire match. His career ended prematurely due to a domestic accident. He was Mudasar Nazar’s father.

3. Walter Hadley, New Zealand: 11 Tests, 543 runs at 30.16, including one century and two fifties

A batsman with limited Test opportunities but a prolific scorer in first-class cricket.

4. Everton Wicks, West Indies: 48 Tests, 4,455 runs at 58.61, including 15 centuries and 19 fifties.

An absolute gun in hand.

5. Shivnarine Chanderpaul, West Indies: 164 Tests, an incredible 11,867 runs at 51.37, including 30 centuries and 66 fifties.

Very strange, and not one for the textbooks, but one of the greatest batsmen in the modern game.

6. Hanif Mohammad (week), Pakistan: 55 Tests, 3915 runs at 43.98, 12 centuries and 15 fifties and a brilliant wicketkeeper

Only player to score 499 runs in a top-class game and score 337 in 970 minutes in one Test against West Indies.

7. Chris Broad, England: 25 Tests, 1,661 runs at 39.54 with six centuries and six fifties

Usually an open player, he has the ability to beat the order and partner with a string of trailing all-rounders.

8. Peter Pollock, South Africa: 28 Tests, 116 wickets at 12:18 and 607 runs at 21:67

A fast bowler whose international career was cut short at the age of 29 as a result of the apartheid sports boycott.

9. Lance Cairns, New Zealand: 43 Tests, 130 wickets at 32.92 and 928 runs at 16.28

A hard-to-face swing bowler and a productive six-batsman batted down the order.

10. Lala Amarnath, India: 24 Tests, 45 wickets at 32.91 and 878 runs at 24.38, including a century and four fifties. Good bowler, hard hitting batsman and can take off the gloves when required.

11. Geoff Jones, England: 15 Tests, 44 wickets at 40:20

A fast and specialist left-arm No. 11 who has taken more than 500 wickets at first-class level.

Great XI

1. Tagenarin Chanderpaul, West Indies, two events, 160 runs in 40

An impressive player who has just started his Test career.

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2. Mudassar Naza, Pakistan: 76 Tests, 4114 runs at 38.09, including 10 centuries and 17 fifties

Mudassar was an excellent defensive batsman who enjoyed his wicket and was a very practical medium pace bowler, taking 66 Test wickets at 38.36. Son of Nazar Muhammad.

3. Shoyab Mohammad, Pakistan: 45 Tests, 2,705 runs at 44.34 with seven centuries and 13 fifties

Hanif Muhammad’s son Shoaib had a limited range of shots but was very difficult to miss.

4. Mohinder Amarnath, India: 69 Tests, 4378 runs at 42.50 and 32 wickets at 55.68

Very good batsman, especially against pace, 11 centuries and 24 fifties. Bowling that changes medium pace is also handy.

5. Chris Cairns, New Zealand: 62 Tests, 3320 runs at 33.53 including five centuries and 22 fifties and 218 wickets at 29.40

One of the best all-rounders in the game in the 1990s.

6. Shaun Pollock, South Africa: 108 Tests, 421 wickets at 23:11 and 3881 runs at 32:31

An excellent all-rounder who plays fast and knows how to handle the bat.

7. Richard Hadley, New Zealand: 86 Tests, 431 wickets at 22:29 and 3124 runs at 22:16, including two centuries and 15 fifties

An excellent fast bowler and a great competitor who can contribute a lot with the bat as well.

Richard Hadley (Simon Breuty/Allsport)

8. David Murray (week), West Indies: 19 Tests, 62 dismissals and 601 runs at 21:46

A gifted keeper who was more adept at handling the bat. David Murray is the son of Everton Wicks.

9. Mitchell Marsh, Australia: 32 Tests, 42 wickets at 38:64, 1260 runs at 25:20, including two centuries and three fifties

An all-rounder who had to trade his batting and bowling averages to make any real impact.

10. Stuart Broad, England: 159 Tests (and counting), 566 wickets at 23:77 and 3,550 runs at 18:39, including a century and 13 fifties

A formidable competitor who has proven himself to be one of the best fast bowlers in the world since his debut in 2007.

11. Simon Jones, England: 18 Tests, 59 wickets at 28.23 and 205 wickets at 15.76.

A quick right-arm bowler who swings the ball.

Here they are, a rival team of talented fathers and their equally talented sons. However, not everyone is happy with the choices.

Chris Broad is only in the Fathers squad to bring his son Stewart into the opposition, and Len Hutton, George Headley and Colin Cowdrey are missing as their sons Richard Hutton, Ron Headley and Chris Cowdrey barely claim selection in the Boys’ XI.

Other unsung father-son combinations are Indians Vijay and Sanjay Manjrekar, the Nawab of Pataudi and his son Mansoor, and Roger and Stuart Binny. Pakistan’s Moeen Khan and his son Hazard, as well as the English father-son combination of David Bairstow and his son Jonny, were also overlooked.

So who will win?

The top order of the Fathers XI, with Wickes, Chanderpaul and Hanif Mohammed in the middle order, has big scoring prospects and is in a very deep clash with only No. 11 Geoff Jones, a real batting rabbit. From a bowling perspective, the inimitable Peter Pollock will have a heavy burden on his shoulders, the rest of the bowling attack of Jones, Cairns and Amarnath is far from class.

The Sons XI batting looks very thin, with a few front-line batsmen in Chanderpaul, Nazar, Mohammed and Amarnath, but they have all-rounders and can expect some useful contributions from Cairns. , Pollock, Murray, Hadley and Marsh.

They have a strong bowling attack, well supported by new ball specialists in Pollock, Hadley, Broad and Jones, Nazar, Amarnath, Cairns and Marsh. Neither team has anyone remotely resembling a specialty pitcher.

Sons XI looks like a winner for me, mainly because of their superior bowling attack.

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