Which England player would complete the most unexceptional Test batting line-up in history?

Ben Foakes (via Sky Sports)

The most unexceptional Test batting line-up in history is within England’s grasp.

Over the last two years, plenty of people have averaged 30-odd for England, while only one, Ben Foakes, has averaged (very slightly) more. (Needless to say, quite a few players have also averaged less.)

We tried to work out whether England could pick an entire XI of players who have averaged 30-something in that period and whether that XI would have a balanced attack.

The answer is ‘nearly’.

You can and should read our workings-out over at Cricket 365.


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10 Appeals

  1. King Cricket

    August 15, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Delighted to see that one person who read that article clicked the “sad” emoji by way of review.

    • I don’t understand the people who voted “Indifferent”. If you at least browsed through and cared enough to click, you’re not really indifferent, are you? Bloody nincompoops.

      I voted Indifferent, btw. Just because.

    • King Cricket

      August 15, 2019 at 2:52 pm

      It seems appropriate that people voted indifferent for that one though.

      Secretly hoping that it gets more votes than anything else we’ve written and that it’s a landslide for indifferent. What would that mean?

  2. We’d take a team of players averaging 30 at the moment.

  3. In other news, over on Wisden Cricket Weekly Cricketer Spotted…

    …whooaahh. An veritable outbreak of Co-op spottings. Is this plausible? Can you really visualise Dan Christian in the Co-op?

    As for even suggesting Dawid Malan in Londis. Come. Off. It.

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