That's three teams with ten in common and only the third seamer role up for debate.
Of course we could always omit Binks and give the gloves to Bairstow to give us room for another bowler.....
Would Illy bat above Bresnan and Rashid??
First up it must be said that in terms of the pleasure they give in watching them they CAN be compared -- no matter how much the game has changed.
For me it's a dead heat on that count. In fact I enjoy this team now more than the team of the 60s -- but only because I can spend more time watching them (not tied to school holidays) and because, as a grown up, I can afford little pleasures like beer at the ground, and hot meals in the Long Room when its freezing cold. So that's not much about the character/quality of the teams then.
I did see a lot of Nicholson, and for a balanced pace attack -- movement and control -- I'd want him in. Him or Patto (I'm that much of a hard-core NLOP man) -- probably Nicholson for a 3-day game on an uncovered pitch, probably Patto if we were playing today's game.
Lyth or Sharpe as second opener is another tough one. Lyth shades it perhaps as a quality batsman (perhaps ... and Sharpe was more reliable), and Sharpe was the better slip catcher (by a margin, even though Lyth is top flight).
The one man from the past I'd really like to have in is our current 75-year old President. As a lad I could even be pleased to see Boycott out if Jack Hampshire was coming in next.
I'd like a fourth seamer; Illy and Rash give strength in spin, with Root an option too, so you don't need Close's bowling (either his medium pace or his off spin). His batting wouldn't get him in to that top five, and Illy/Bres/Rashid are three genuine all-rounders, don't need a fourth. I know its heresy not to have Close as captain when on offer. But I think Illingworth did the job superbly after Close. So I'd have Illy as captain, Bairstow keeper (have to admit Binks was better), making room for Hampshire and my Patto/Nicholson pair.
J Bairstow (wk)
For a three-day game, 6 ancient, 5 modern; for a four-day, 5 ancient, 6 modern. Seems right.
The moderns have a majority in the bowling/all-rounder end (and they have to perform in the batsman-biassed world of today); the ancients provide the majority of the top order (they had to perform in the bowler-friendly 60s). So that seems right too.