Are we selecting players based on a typical performance or their very best, even when the very best didn't last for long? For example Paul Jarvis during early 1988, edges into my team as the 3rd seamer, but that would be based on a small window rather than a whole career. The same perhaps could be said of Chris Silverwood and, at a real push, Gav Hamilton. Its also probably the case with Craig White.Who would you pick to be in each team. Players like Len Hutton who played before and after the war can only appear in one team.
My teams are;
Pre-ww2; Sutcliffe, Holmes, Hutton, Leyland, Mitchell, Rhodes (c), Hunter (D)(w), Hirst, Verity, Macaulay, Bowes.
Post-ww2; Boycott (c), Root, Lehman (D), Bairstow (J), Ballance, Blakey(w), Trueman, Gough, Old, Wardle, Hoggard.
Are we selecting on their career with Yorkshire only, if so this impacts on Gough and Vaughan (and obviously Root, JB and to some extent Rashid) who were taken by Team England? If those players have been around in an earlier generation and played more for the county, I suspect they'd all be shoo-ins.
Ok my thoughts: I'm sorry but I have to go against some of my favourite posters, I'm leaving out the best specialist keeper (Binks) in favour of young Bairstow. Also I only saw Brain Close in his later Somerset days, if he doesn't captain is he worth his place? Donning my tin hat I'm leaving him out.
I'm going with
Boycott, Hutton, Vaughan, Root, Lehmann, JB, Illy, Rashid, Gough, Trueman and Sidebottom (R).
Wardle seems to be the best post war spinner, but not a team man - don't like that, that's why he's out.
Seamers: Old, Hoggard, Silvers, Bres, Arnie, Jarvis, Appleyard, Nicholson, not a lot between them. FST and Ryan stand out, I think Gough edges the final place but circumstances, time of his career and poor advice hurt his legacy, although when he returned as captain I sense we started to love him again and forgave his faults.
I'd have loved to see this lot play T20, I suspect they'd be rather good.
Oh dear, what every happened to NLOP!