Friday, July 12, 2013

How far we've come (part one of many)

Before the blogosphere, there were spreadsheets.

For me, at least.

The picture below comes from an exploratory dig into the darkened reaches of my computer's hard disk - a saved spreadsheet that documents my leanings at the time towards the All-Time teams for each major Test-playing nation.  And my, how long ago it was!

Now, many of these players would barely trouble the subs' bench while history has chosen to remember the likes of others (coughMatthewHaydencough) more fondly.  But still it stands, a stark reminder of the era in which I - and hopefully we all - used to live.

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PS.  Gut changes without further examination include: cutting Frank Tyson, Peter Pollock and Romesh Kaluwitharana, adding Kumar Sangakkara, MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Zaheer Khan and Ross Taylor.


  1. Matt,

    As years go by and we go on to see more team changes in the coming decades it will be tough to narrow down on a final XI - then we will get all statistical and analytic about different eras, different challenges.

    Maybe there will never exist an all time XI in the future, those will be broken down by decade's best XI.

  2. Why there is so much about cricket in here but no football updates?

  3. I'm looking forward to see that matt but for now enjoy.