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Overseas Openers
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In one of the many idle moments that come in the winter I was mentally selecting a Warwickshire XI composed entirely of players registered as overseas (so no Lance Gibbs, unfortunately, he qualified by residence). Much of it is pretty easy but I couldn't think of any overseas players we had recruited as opening batsmen. Yes we could press Sangakkara, Chanderpaul or Mohammad Yousuf into the role but have we really not had any specialist openers?

Who have I forgotten?
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In one of the many idle moments that come in the winter I was mentally selecting a Warwickshire XI composed entirely of players registered as overseas (so no Lance Gibbs, unfortunately, he qualified by residence). Much of it is pretty easy but I couldn't think of any overseas players we had recruited as opening batsmen. Yes we could press Sangakkara, Chanderpaul or Mohammad Yousuf into the role but have we really not had any specialist openers?

Who have I forgotten?
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I guess he may come in the same category as Gibbs; but Billy Ibadulla springs to mind
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Brendon McCullum??
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(21-11-2018, 09:04 AM)brummydoc Wrote: Brendon McCullum??

Yes, that's a fair call. In my usual way, I was thinking County Championship only but McCullum would fit the bill for limited overs.

Means I have to think who should wear the gloves now: McCullum or Sangakkara.
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(21-11-2018, 05:47 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote:
(21-11-2018, 09:04 AM)brummydoc Wrote: Brendon McCullum??

Yes, that's a fair call. In my usual way, I was thinking County Championship only but McCullum would fit the bill for limited overs.

Means I have to think who should wear the gloves now: McCullum or Sangakkara.

Not Deryck Murray?
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Or Luke Ronchi..................
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Murray was in the Gibbs category - qualified by residence having been at University in the UK. For a while, we had four of the Windies Test side turning out for us. Kanhai and Kallicharan were registered as Overseas players, Gibbs and Murray qualifying by living here. If I remember rightly, Gibbs spent a year living in Brum before he could play for us.

And no, not Luke Ronchi.
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#8
Going back further, another player who probably qualified by going to university was Martin Donnelly, who was a New Zealander - fantastic left hand bat by all accounts - played at the same time as fellow New Zealander Tom Pritchard. 
Now if you want your team to scare the opposition, have Allan Donald charging in at one end and Tom Pritchard at the other, both at their peak.
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Backed up by Steyn and Pollock. There's no shortage of seam bowling.

Daniel Vettori or Jeetan Patel? No doubt which was/ is the better clubman but the other may have been a better player. I'm resisting Collins Obuya.
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(22-11-2018, 02:17 PM)GrizzlyBear Wrote: Backed up by Steyn and Pollock. There's no shortage of seam bowling.

Daniel Vettori or Jeetan Patel? No doubt which was/ is the better clubman but the other may have been a better player.  I'm resisting Collins Obuya.

Dilip Doshi?  Or Brad Hogg as a spin bowling all-rounder?
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"I'm resisting Collins Obuya"


I seem to remember that few batsmen had difficulty in resisting Collins Obuya when he bowled for us...

I remember one Sunday League game v Surrey back in 2003; I arrived late at Edgbaston, near the end of Surrey's innings (The first in the match) I took my seat next to my Dad who had been there since the start. The first two balls I witnessed saw Ian Salisbury (Batting at 11 for Surrey) send deliveries from Obuya for 6s straight back past the bowler, the second of which made a dull thud noise as it loosened a few tiles after landing on the old Pavillion roof.

"Shame, he was bowling well up until then" said my Dad; he went at 7 and a half an over in the match...
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