Sunday, 25 December 2011

My no.7+8 batsmen/bowlers - (My favourite playing XI based on current players)...

Now we get onto the No.7 position in my favourite team.

I've gone with someone close to home, and someone who created a bit of history recently in the recently concluded Cricket World Cup in 2011.

Kevin O'Brien(Ireland & Gloucestershire)

I've picked Kevin O'Brien as my favourite all rounder, he is well known to Irish fans for many years, but after bringing Ireland to a famous 3 wicket win against England in the last World Cup with a blistering century from 50 balls, and chasing the biggest total ever in World Cup history. He is now a worldwide name, he is a power full lower order batsman which will punish anything loose and is a bulk of a man, he is also a very handy right-arm medium pacer bowler,

he is a very clean striker of the ball, and is no slogger. One thing people might say is he can be inconsistent. Then anyone coming in during the lower order will generally have a role of clearing the ropes, taking advantage of the last powerplay and punishing tiresome bowlers.

When you have such a role, you will always have bad knocks, and for me that can't take away from what Kevin brings to the team, he has been a vital part of what is so good about this Irish team for many years. His role now is to make use of his contract with Gloucestershire and show people he isn't a one show pony, which I know he is not.

Thanks Kevin for that special knock in India, and for giving the world a insight at what this Irish cricket team is all about, you showed us in one knock the spirit that's in this team, the fight and the passion to succeed. Now we have won the fans of the World, I just hope the ICC can be warmed to us also.

Now for the first of my bowlers, and I've gone for someone who has the ability to bat comfortably as well as bowl.

Daniel Vettori(New Zealand)

Daniel Vettori is a very special cricketer, he for years has had the weight of New Zealand expectations resting on his shoulders and he has carried it with pride and passion and been a very fine player on the field.

He is a very capable lower order batsman with over 4000 runs in test cricket and an average of 30.64, and has taken 355 test wickets.
He was the youngest man to play test cricket for New Zealand at the age of 18.

He is a very tight economical bowler, uses a lot of flight and tricks to beat the batsman. He is also one of the more consistent batsman for New Zealand over the years, for me his passion is what gets him into my favourite team. Then I don't think anyone could ever question that, or question in someones team. He has been a leader for New Zealand on and off the field, but now with Taylor the new Captain for New Zealand, he will still look to Daniel ''the man'' Vettori for help and guidance. As New Zealand make a push to climb the ranks.


  1. Kevin o'Brien is certainly a pleasure to watch! I love to see a good upset by a minnow, and that match against England was just that!

  2. LOving this series of articles mate...brilliant choices here and am very happy you are backing your home grown talent. Regards,
    The Nurdler.