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

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

    1. 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.

    2. 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?

      1. Cricket captain 2018 has Bess and Tom Curran as unstoppable forces who take turns at number 1 in the rankings.

        In the basis of no evidence, cc 2019 revoked this.

  2. 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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