Neds Perfect Match: Cricket Edition

To celebrate Neds Filter Form, the feature that allows you to find your Perfect Match, we’re looking at Perfect Matches from the world of sport.

This week, it’s the wonderful world of cricket!

Neds Filter Form allows you to create form-based singles and multi bets across all three racing codes without having to study the form.

Simply choose from filters like Jockeys, Tracks, and Trainers and the tip looks after itself!

If anything, cricket is the perfect sport to celebrate Perfect Matches given all the iconic batting, bowling and even commentary combinations Australia’s national sport has given us over the years.

Get involved in the Facebook comments section, let us know what we’ve left out and feel free to throw in a suggestion or two for a Perfect Match from the world of cricket.

Warne & McGrath

With 1011 wickets in 104 Tests, the legendary spin/speed combination of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath was truly a perfect match.

The pair even picked up 44 wickets between them the 2006-07 Ashes series, making it a memorable farewel for the pair.

Hayden & Langer

The pair had one of the most enduring and productive opening batting partnerships any cricket team around the world could hope for – and they were ours.

Together, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer combined for 6081 runs with an average of 51.53 along with 14 first-wicket hundreds and 28 half-centuries for 122 innings over 11 years.

Lillie & Thompson

The combination of Lille and Thompson sends a shiver down the spine of any batsmen from the 1970s and 1980s.

These gentelemen absoltuely petrified the great teams like the West Indies or their efforts in the 1974-75 Ashes series against England.

Both had zero hestitation about wanting to hurt batsmen – in an era of no helments and aluminum bats.

Infact, Lillie and Thompson are probably the reason Cricketers need to wear helments.

The pair played 26 Tests for 217 wickets – and that excludes the World Series Cricket era.

Gilchrist & Hayden (ODI)

When it came to the one dayers – the opening combination of Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist was pretty damn awesome.

From 2001-2008, the pair amassed 5372 runs in their 114 games together.

Hayden was always an opener, but Gilly was one of a kind when a wicketkeeper was being bumped up to opening order in the 50-over game.

The two played a vital role in the Aussie teams that won the 2003 and 2007 World Cup – with a special shoutout to Gilly who hit 149 in the ’07 final.

Australian Women’s Cricket Team & Being the Best In The World

Remember when 80,000+ people were at the MCG to see our Women’s team become world champions?

Those were the days.

The likes of Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy and of course Ellyse Perry (who’s been ruled out with an injury for the remainder of the NZ series- damn) are absolute superstars and they were voted Australia’s most loved sports team.

Deservedly so.

England and Asterisk World Cups***

We know it, they know it.

New Zealand was robbed.

Boundary count, what a joke.

Day/Night

Be it 50 overs ODI, Tests or even Sheffield Shield – day/night Cricket can’t be beat.

That is of course, you’re not from the BCCI.

Dravid & Tendulkar

Two of the finest batsmen to ever grace the game who spent the bulk of their careers playing together.

On 49 occassions their partnerships were worth more than 50 – an average of once every three innings and the pair went on to register a century together at the crease 20 times!

They even passed 200 togheter three times.

There’s been plenty of amazing batting pairs in cricket over the years but for sheer consistency and longevity, it’s hard to past The Little Master and The Wall.

Ambrose & Walsh

With 95 Tests in tandem and 775 wickets between them, Curtly Amrose and Courtney Walsh were one of the great bowling pairs the West Indies had to offer.

Brothers

The Australian Test team has been blessed with five pairs of siblings to don the baggy green together.

Dave and Ned Gregory, Charles and Alec Bannerman, Ian and Greg Chappell, Steve and Mark Waugh, Mitchell and Shaun Marsh

The Bannerman brothers a persoal favourite of ours.

Nathan Lyon & Red Square Nightclub

No one has ever done more to promote the Adelaide nightspot quite like Garry.

South Africa & Choking

South Africa, major tournaments, snatching defeat from the jaws of victory – something cricket fans can always rely on.

Australian Selectors & Holding a Grudge

The sad, unfortunate and tragic death of Dean Jones has been hard for all fans of the game.

Along with Deano’s celebrated and legendary career and contribution to the game on and off the pitch, it did remind us all of his war with Australian selectors and why despite constantly ticking all the boxes for making the team – he would no longer get picked for the national team.

Deano being dudded from national team selection is a prime example of our national selectors not picking the right players for the squad due to their fragile egos.

Australian Selectors, the Marsh Family & New South Wales

Everyone knows the golden rule about picking the Australian Squad for any series: When in doubt pick a Marsh and/or someone from New South Wales.

Andrew Symonds & Streakers

No streaker has ever passed Andrew “Roy” Symonds and lived to tell the tale.

YouTube & Robelinda2

Every single person reading this blog has done a Robelinda2 YouTube binge session.

Some gung-ho lawyer even tried to get it taken down on copyright grounds, but people power won the day.

Australia & The Gabba

The Gabba still had a Greyhound track when Australia last lost a Test at the venue.

Domestic ODI Cricket & Mercantile Mutual

Everyone knows Australian one day domestic Cricket reached its peak with the Mercantile Mutual Cup.

No bucket head promotion will ever top hitting the sign.

Bill Lawry & Tony Greig

Their chemsitry in the Channel 9 commentary box over many years was legendary.

Be it Bill’s love of Victoria and pigeons or Tony Greig checking out someone attractive from the opposite sex in the crowd, it was the soundtrack to every summer.

Tony Grieg & Keys

He pioneered the pitch report with his weather wall and player comfort measurements, but nothing compared to when Grieg put his key in the pitch.

There was one time when Grieg would lose his hotel room deep in the WACA pitch.

Richie & The Cream, The Bone, The White, The Off-White, The Ivory or The Beige

It’s called fashion, look it up.

The Best of Benaud

Roadtrips & The 12th Man

Honestly, who hasn’t done a road trip without playing a 12th Man CD or tape?

Shane Watson & LBW Reviews

The man had more reviews for LBW than Margret and David did for movies.

Don Bradman & Going Out For A Duck

You’re only as good as your last innings.

Six ‘n Out & Musical Genius

The cricket musical supergroup featuring the lieks of Richard Chee Quee, Brett Lee, Shane Lee, Brad McNamara and Gavin Robertson.

How their hits “Can’t Bowl, Can’t Throw” and “Ooh Ahh Glenn McGrath” never topped the ARIA charts or won the Triple J Hottest 100 is an absoulte disgrace.

Merv Hughes & Bay 13

Get him up here, I wanna boof him.

Cricket Australia & Not Reading the Room

This tweet by Titus O’Reily from back in July sums up those running the game pefectly.

Big Bash & KFC

You’ve gotta hand it to Colonel Sanders marketing team who have insipred an entire generation of Cricket fans to wear buckets on their head.