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    I completely forgot Gavaskar on my list. Can't think of anyone else I forgot. If I did this exercise again tomorrow, my rankings would probably change (outside my top 5 maybe). I have a new pecking order every month, that's how little there is IMO to separate these great players.

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    Despite his twitter account, Shaun Pollock is one guy who probably should've been in my list. I had Kapil at #24, Pollock is about as good or slightly better cricketer. In hindsight I think Kallis's position needed some sorting out as well. He ended up above Botham in my list which if I would consciously not allow to happen.
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    Based on Benauds selection format of 2 openers, 3 middle order batsmen, 2 all rounders, 1 keeper, 2 fast bowlers and 1 spinner, the XI of our top 50:

    Jack Hobbs
    W.G Grace
    Donald Bradman
    Sachin Tendulkar
    Vivian Richards
    Garfield Sobers
    Adam Gilchrist
    Imran Khan
    Malcolm Marshall
    Shane Warne
    Glenn Mcgrath

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    Last edited by kyear2; 18-04-2012 at 05:38 PM.
    Aus. XI
    Simpson^ | Hayden | Bradman | Chappell^ | Ponting | Border* | Gilchrist+ | Davidson3 | Warne4^ | Lillee1 | McGrath2


    W.I. XI
    Greenidge | Hunte | Richards^ | Headley* | Lara^ | Sobers5^ | Walcott+ | Marshall1 | Ambrose2 | Holding3 | Garner4

    S.A. XI
    Richards^ | Smith*^ | Amla | Pollock | Kallis5^ | Nourse | Cameron+ | Procter3 | Steyn1 | Tayfield4 | Donald2

    Eng. XI
    Hobbs | Hutton*^ | Hammond^ | Compton | Barrington | Botham5^ | Knott | Trueman1 | Laker4 | Larwood2 | Barnes3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince EWS View Post
    Benaud was definitely an allrounder; I really don't think he would've made many lists on the strength of his bowling alone.
    Yeah true, it was always going to be subjective but I tend to agree with you.

    I don't regret any of the players I picked nor the order..

    1 Don Bradman
    2 Malcolm Marshall
    3 Imran Khan
    4 Garry Sobers
    5 Shane Warne
    6 Viv Richards
    7 Muttiah Muralitharan
    8 Jack Hobbs
    9 Curtly Ambrose
    10 Fred Trueman
    11 Richard Hadlee
    12 Brian Lara
    13 Wally Hammond
    14 Dennis Lillee
    15 Sydney Barnes
    16 Glenn McGrath
    17 Sachin Tendulkar
    18 Keith Miller
    19 Adam Gilchrist
    20 Graeme Pollock
    21 Ricky Ponting
    22 Bill O'Reilly
    23 Wasim Akram
    24 George Headley
    25 Ian Botham


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    Best 11 of players not to make the list at all (thrown together in my head quickly)

    Herbert Sutcliffe
    Victor Trumper
    Neil Harvey
    Everton Weekes
    Clyde Walcott
    Tony Greig
    Allan Knott
    Alan Davidson
    Ray Lindwall
    Andy Roberts
    Clarrie Grimmett

    Kumar Sangakkara
    Ken Barrington
    Rohan Kanhai
    Jim Laker
    Harold Larwood
    Last edited by kyear2; 18-04-2012 at 07:21 PM.

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    Regret not including Ian Botham and Wally Hammond, and should've had Keith Miller higher.
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    Had Lohmann and Davidson on my Top 25 who didn't make the top 50. Why Davidson didn't make it I don't know.

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    Davidson and probably Laker too didn't make it due to the 25 players per person criteria. I believe many posters familiar with the pair would consider them both inside their own top 50, but its not so easy to give them points when you can only pick 25. This is in contrast to someone like Sehwag who some people just absolutely love while others wouldn't even have him on a shortlist for a top 50.

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    +1

    My reasoning as well, also applies for Lindwall, Knott, Sutcliffe, Weekes ect.

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    Steyn, sanga and ABDV would make the next list for sure

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    Quote Originally Posted by ankitj View Post
    Despite his twitter account, Shaun Pollock is one guy who probably should've been in my list. I had Kapil at #24, Pollock is about as good or slightly better cricketer. In hindsight I think Kallis's position needed some sorting out as well. He ended up above Botham in my list which if I would consciously not allow to happen.
    I was totally wrong about Botham and Kallis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Yeah true, it was always going to be subjective but I tend to agree with you.

    I don't regret any of the players I picked nor the order..

    1 Don Bradman
    2 Malcolm Marshall
    3 Imran Khan
    4 Garry Sobers
    5 Shane Warne
    6 Viv Richards
    7 Muttiah Muralitharan
    8 Jack Hobbs
    9 Curtly Ambrose
    10 Fred Trueman
    11 Richard Hadlee
    12 Brian Lara
    13 Wally Hammond
    14 Dennis Lillee
    15 Sydney Barnes
    16 Glenn McGrath
    17 Sachin Tendulkar
    18 Keith Miller
    19 Adam Gilchrist
    20 Graeme Pollock
    21 Ricky Ponting
    22 Bill O'Reilly
    23 Wasim Akram
    24 George Headley
    25 Ian Botham
    I have found one person on CW who rates Marshall higher than kyear2. Didn't know it would be you n00fers
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

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    No I rate Maco just as highly.

    Definitely top 3, about half the time No. 2.
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    That list of NUFAN is about spot on as a guess. Still think Sobers should be No.2 because of his decade long 70 plus batting average and so many rave reviews.

    Still think that Marshall is the best fast bowler of all time though.
    Last edited by watson; 21-11-2014 at 04:48 PM.
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    I am often asked who was the best, fastest or toughest bowler I ever faced and I quite enjoy giving different answers every time. Well, it keeps me amused anyway –but the underlying point is that one could revise this whole list on a daily basis and never really be right and never really be wrong - DAVID GOWER

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    nufan's list is quite bowler dominated imo

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