Join Date: Jul 2011
When Wisden named the top 5 Cricketers of the 20th Century Sir I.V.A. Richards was voted to the 5th and final position, but tied for 6th and just missing out was Dennis Lillee and Sir Frank Worrell the leading strike bolwer and Captain respectively of the KYEAR XI.
Named by no less than Donald Bradman to his All Time XI, Morris was the attacking first choice opener for the Invincibles, one of the greatest teams of All Time, and so great was his contribution that during the teats of 1948 he even outscored the Don himself. A career average of 46.48 confirms his ability.
He was one half of one of one of the top three (3) opening partnerships of All Time and one of the key anchors of one of the greatest teams ever, he went out on a high and most importantly on his own terms after the succesful 2006-2007 Ashes campaign. He managed to maintain an average of 45.27 and a s/r over 54 over a career spanning 105 Test matches. Langer also will stand capably at 3rd slip for my team.
One of Wisdens Five Cricketers of the Century, he is probably behind only Bradman as the sports Greatest Batsman, he was the Master Blaster, capable of instilling fear into the greatest fast bolwers of his era. He never wore a helmet, but stared down and dominated Lillee and Thompson, Imran, Hadlee, Snow and all others who he faced, he could take on and decimate any pace or spin attack in any conditions, and as inpressive as his test record is he performed even better in the pressure pot that was WSC. He had that swagger, that confidence and was part of perhaps the greatest extended dynasty in cricket history. Viv was also the best fielder of his era, but was especially great in the slips, and will be joing Langer as our First Slip specialist.
Robbed of his prime by an oppressive regime, he still finished his career with the second highes test average after Bradman, 60.97 after 23 Tests. Even with so short a career, he impressed his peers to the extent that Bradman, not only named him to his All Time team, but also stated that along with Sobers, he was the Greatest left handed batsman in the history of the game. He was a powerful and skillful driver of the cricket ball, but really excelled and could play every shot in the book, he was named South Africa's player of the century and holds a place among the truely Elite in the history of the game.
Sir Frank Worrell:
The first appointed Black Captain of the West Indies team, he was also one of the famous 3w's, and stylistically probably the best. He was a champion for players rights and an absolute genius at the crease. He was equally comfortable at home and away and had an amazing tactical mind. He was part of that emerging West Indies team that won our first Test Series in England in 1950 and also played one of the great test innings of All Time. Sir Frank was also a useful and under rated bolwer, who at times opened the bowling for the West Indies before reverting to left arm spin when it was of a greater service to his team, he was Sobers before Sobers (though admittedly not as effective), and he brings the flexibility of either his Left arm fast medium or spin as required. He was one of the Great Captains and leaders of men in history and along with Benaud helped to save cricket in the 60's with an entertaining and sporting brand of cricket. For his contributions he was tied for 6th in Wisdens crickets of the Century and is the Leader of this team.
A.B de Villiers:
An attacking and skilful batsman, the fact that he plys his trade mainly on the pace and seam friendly tracks of South Africa, speaks volumes to his ability, especially to maintain anverage just shy of Fifty. He is one of the greatest fielders of the modern era and especially excells in the slips where he will be situated between Richards and Langer.
Truely on of the Greatest Wicketkeepers in the history of the game, and was an under rated batsman who averaged just under 30 in Tests despite the pressures and perceptions of the British selectors. He was flawless with the gloves, especially standing up and that coupled with his stubborn batting (two Hundreds and 6 fifties) surely deserved more than his 54 Test appearences. He was one of the last Golden Glovemen equally confident to pace and spin.
Regarded by many, as the Greatest Fast Bolwer of All Time, he was the highest rated fast bolwer by Widen when thet named their Cricketer of the Century. At the start of his career he was a fast and terrifying teae away quick who put fear into many a batsman and team, he was indomidable. That was before his career threatening back injury that put him out of the game and when he came back he had to reinvent his game and actually bacame a better and craftier bowler who could still when required bend his back and bring back memories of old. His partnership with Thompson was lengendary and one of the best ever and he had the ability to cut or swing the ball away from the batsman at pace at will and of course had a deadly bouncer, he was one of The Greatest and he too site among the truely elite of his craft.
If there was a equal to Lillee in the late 70's it was Michael Holding. He of that long graceful run-up, he was nickmaned Wispering Death not only because of his silent approach to the crease but his frightening pace, he was probably consistently the fastest bolwer of them all and his over to Boycott must rank as the most famous, fastest and greatest over in the history of the game. He excelled everywhere, even on the flat beds in India, especially in '83 when he and Marshall were simply too good and too fast for the World Cup Champions. Additionally he was a useful lower order bat and a great fielder, even in close in the gully or slips.
If not for injury we would be speaking of Bishop as probably one of the best if not the best West Indies fast bolwer ever. When he first emerged he was lethal fast, possessing the kind of speed that excites a crowd and strikes fear into batsmen, he could swing the ball in both directions and yes, could hurt people. Even in the protected era of the 90's Bishop was feared and along with Waqar the fastest in the world. Sadly the back injuries came along and after a couple of attempted come backs he finally retired. Even with that in mind he still managed 161 Test scalps at an average of 24, with an impressive S/R of 52. In his prime though he was truely one of the Greatest to even propel the cricket ball.
Englands greatest slow bolwer, he was a massive spinner and extremely accurate of the ball and owns the greatest test match bolwing performances, 19/90 vs Australia in 1956. His record of 193 wickets at 21 apiece speaks for itself as a match winner and as someone who can keep and end quiet while the fast men create havoc at the other end. He was also a useful lower order bat who has two test fifties to his credit.
The perfect 12th man, an opening batsman by trade he can also bat in the middle order, as he has done with success, he was also an excellent slip fielder and a more that useful leg spinner. He was the bed rock for those early S.A teams who tempered his natural aggession for the sake of the team. His excellent test average of over 48, plus his supplemental skills speaks to the strength of the playing 11
Hutton | Hobbs | Bradman | Richards | Tendulkar | Sobers | Gilchrist | Khan | Marshall | Warne | McGrath
Sutcliffe | Gavaskar | Headley | Chappell | Lara | Kallis | Miller | Knott | Ambrose | Lillee | Muralitharan
Greenidge | Morris | Ponting | Pollock | Hammond | Worrell | Ames | Hadlee | Holding | Trueman | O'Reilly
Richards | Simpson | Sangakkara | Weekes | Border | Walcott | Botham | Lindwall | Laker | Garner | Barnes
Last edited by kyear2; 03-07-2012 at 06:22 PM.