Rules are that you pick a team with the best technique and you have to specify which field their technique was flawless in.
1. Sir Leonard Hutton (batsman)
2. Barry Richards (batsman)
3. Rahul Dravid (batsman)
4. Jaques Kallis (batsman)
5. Greg Chappell (batsman)
6. Imran Khan (batsman)
7. Rodney Marsh (wicketkeeper)
8. Richard Hadlee (bowler)
9. Shane Warne (bowler)
10. Dennis Lillee (bowler)
11. Glenn McGrath (bowler)
12th man – Stuart MacGill.
All who saw Len Hutton said he has the best technique they’d ever seen. Those who saw Barry Richards said the same and that his feet never moved once until the ball was bowled, which is rare. Guys like Ponting and Inzi love to walk across the crease, or some will step forward then back etc. Richards stillness suggests his eye was good enough to control his body. He was in control so to speak. Dravid and Kallis need no explanation. Greg Chappell was the most on-balance cricketer I ever saw. It would seem as if he barely touched the ball and it would go for four. People have said Chappell and Richards were similar. Imran Khan may not have been an effective batter… or should I say effective as others. But the man worked on his batting and worked on having the straightest bat in cricket. They’re all the batsmen. I did not choose any of them based on any anything else like bowling or fielding. In fact I am dead set on my top five - if I were making a list of the best batsmen for technique ever, those would be the top five on my list. I might change Imran if I can find somebody else.
Rodney Marsh is seen as the model for wicket keeping excellence with where you place you head etc. Allan Knott nearly got the place.
For the bowlers both McGrath and Hadlee were the most accurate and economical bowlers in cricket history and never once wasted an ounce of energy. Dennis Lillee’s technique is what bowling coaches use to instruct their students. Lovely natural stride, the proper side-on and with a rock-back comparable to that of the Ali lean. I’ve said it before, talk to any high-up cricket expert and your taught to think “Lillee” and “what did Lillee do.” Coaches will point to many batsmen on how to bat properly but they'll only point toward one bowler on how to bowl properly. Shane Warne is the envy of Richie Benaud because Ritchie’s said it many times, he would’ve done everything like Warne. The round arm, the over-spin etc.
Nobody that I know of has had more practice carrying drinks than Stuart MacGill… the 12th man’s 12th man.