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Cricket and Iraq

By The Cruncher   July 2005

Why Australia will win With the Ashes series against Australia coming up, the Cruncher is picking all-time top England and Australian teams. On the batting side the selection criterion is simple: those with the best test match averages get into the side. The all-time England batsmen are easy to choose. But, sadly, they are all blasts from the past. Yorkshireman Herbert Sutcliffe, who opened with Jack Hobbs between the wars, has the best ever average of 60.73 runs an innings. The Cruncher is not sectarian, so the next in is Lancastrian Eddie Paynter, a 1930s star with 59.23, and the…

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