Almanac Teams: So who would the Aussie Nickname XI play against? A World XI of course!

So who is the best nicknamed Australian XI with no part of their name in it, going to play against?


A World XI of course! Here’s my selections in batting order:


The Little Master
The Wall
Boom Boom
The Cat
The Rawalpindi Express
Whispering Death
12th Man The Big Show  (because he can’t get a go for Australia!)



How did you go? Share your suggestions below in the comments.


“Bumble” David Lloyd: there only for his nickname and apparently he could bat – just don’t ask Jeff Thompson!


“The Little Master” Sachin Tendulkar: opener with a chance to hold his bat through the innings


“Virgil” Michael Vaughn: would be the tactical genius to undo Australia


“The Wall” Rahul Dravid: stiffens the middle order


“Zulu” Lance Klusener: bat and field


“Beefy” Ian Botham: the definition of an all-rounder (imagine him in the Big Bash!)


“Boom Boom” Shahid Afridi: explosive bat can bowl all types of bowling


“Freddie” Andrew Flintoff: sensational in all facets of the game


“The Cat” Phil Tufnell: ordinary field but can bowl handy spin


“The Rawalpindi Express” Shoaib Akhtar: fast (almost unplayable on his day) an ordinary bat but would be #10


“Whispering Death” Michael Holding: need I say any more? Batting not required


“The Big Show” Glenn Maxwell: because he would infuriate Ricky Ponting by being on the field for Dravid and/or Tufnell all 50 overs whilst Australia was batting and would probably run somebody out!





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  1. Clive Lloyd “The Big Cat”.

  2. Richard Marlow says

    By the way Boom Boom Afridi would be the keeper

  3. Big Bird
    Master Blaster

  4. How about English left-arm orthodox spinner Ashley Giles? After a set of testimonial mugs were erroneously printed with “King of Spain” instead of “King of Spin” this became his nickname. Brilliant.

  5. I notice ‘Swish’ mentioned FOT in the discussion re the Australian side, but he’d be a contender for the World XI.

    I always had the impression FOT was the nickname bestowed on Frank Tyson.


  6. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    DK Lillee was known to many as FOT as in Flippin’ Old Tart

  7. Frank “Typhoon” Tyson

  8. Luke Reynolds says

    VVS “Very Very Special” Laxman

  9. Master Blaster is MUST HAVE selection, surely.

  10. I agree Master Blaster instead of “the Wall” would be good to have the wall in there – he can play his shots perhaps get rid of Zulu but I tried to have a world team from all parts and yes Typhoon would be good but isn’t Ty part of his name just a point

  11. Englishmen – JWHT Douglas “Johnny Won’t Hit Today” as Yabba called him. Gilbert “Croucher” Jessop because of his stance at the crease. Opening bowler Geoff Arnold “Horse” – why the long face? Trevor “Barnacle” Bailey – descriptive alliteration. Derek Randall was “Arkle” after the champion racehorse from lapping team mates running between wickets. Australians – Charlie McCartney “the Governor General” because of his confidence at the crease. Warwick Armstrong “the big ship” because his pants were the size of mainsails. Ken “Slasher” McKay because he never did. Bill “Phantom” Lawry because he loved the comics. Keith “Nugget” Miller from his boot polish brylceem black hair. Windies – Joel “Big Bird” Garner.

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