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    This will end well, just going to do a top 20 of those I have seen.

    Marshall
    Warne
    Gilchrist
    Muralitharan
    Ponting
    Tendulkar
    Lara
    Kallis
    Botham
    McGrath
    Richards
    Ambrose
    Steyn
    Crowe
    Hadlee
    Greenidge
    Border
    Waugh S
    Gower
    Waqar

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingkallis View Post
    And he doesnt rate Kallis even though he is in his 2nd XI
    22 players in first 2 XI's, only 20 players required for this exercise.
    1st XI
    Hutton | Hobbs | Bradman* | Richards^ | Tendulkar | Sobers5^ | Gilchrist+ | Khan3 | Marshall1 | Warne4^ | McGrath2
    2nd XI
    Sutcliffe | Gavaskar* | Headley | Chappell^ | Lara^ | Kallis5^ | Knott+ | Hadlee3 | Ambrose2 | Lillee1 | Muralitharan4
    3rd XI
    Greenidge | Richards^ | Ponting^ | Pollock | Hammond^ | Worrell5* | Waite+ | Akram3 | Steyn1 | Holding2 | O'Reilly4
    4th XI
    Morris | Simpson^ | Sangakkara | Weekes^ | Border*^ | Walcott+ | Faulkner5 | Laker4 | Trueman1 | Garner3 | Donald2

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    As for an actual top 20, I'd probably go with these guys (no particular order)

    Bradman
    Sobers
    Hobbs
    Hammond
    Pollock
    Marshall
    McGrath
    Hadlee
    Lillee
    Imran
    Murali
    Warne
    Barnes
    O'Reilly
    Grimmett
    Gilchrist
    Miller
    Headley
    Sutcliffe
    Kallis
    Last edited by Coronis; 13-06-2013 at 07:16 PM. Reason: somehow missed Kallis.....
    ATG World XI
    1. J.B Hobbs 2. H. Sutcliffe 3. D.G Bradman 4. R.G Pollock 5. W.R Hammond 6. G.S Sobers 7. A.C Gilchrist 8. M.J Procter 9. M.D Marshall 10. S.K Warne 11. G.D McGrath

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    Top 20 (in chronological order of their debuts)

    1. Grace
    2. Hobbs
    3. Hammond
    4. Bradman
    5. O'Reilly
    6. Hutton
    7. Miller
    8. Sobers
    9. Imran
    10, Hadlee
    11. Gavaskar
    12. Lillee
    13. Richards
    14. Marshall
    15. Tendulkar
    16. Lara
    17. Warne
    18. Murali
    19. Kallis
    20. Gilchrist


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    Top 20 'Greatest' Cricketers
    01. Don Bradman
    02. WG Grace
    03. Gary Sobers
    04. SF Barnes
    05. Shane Warne
    06. Victor Trumper
    07. Dennis Lillee
    08. Jack Hobbs
    09. George Headley
    10. Malcolm Marshall
    11. Bill O'Reilly
    12. Vivian Richards
    13. Len Hutton
    14. Fred Trueman
    15. Ian Botham
    16. Walter Hammond
    17. Imran Khan
    18. Kapil Dev
    19. Adam Gilchrist
    20. Sachin Tendulkar

    Note: Not to be confused with my Top 20 'Best' cricketers which would somewhat different.
    PRE WWI
    Grace-Trumper-Hill-Taylor-Ranjitsinhji-Faulkner-Noble-Lilley-Turner-Richardson-Barnes
    PRE WWII
    Hobbs-Sutcliffe-Bradman-Hammond-Headley-Macartney-Ames-Gregory-Larwood-O'Reilly-Grimmett
    POST WWII
    Hutton-Simpson-Kanhai-Pollock-Harvey-Sobers-Waite-Benaud-Davidson-Lindwall-Trueman
    PACKER ERA
    Gavaskar-Greenidge-Richards-Chappell-Lloyd-Botham-Imran-Knott-Lillee-Holding-Underwood
    MODERN ERA
    Hayden-Langer-Ponting-Tendulkar-Lara-Kallis-Gilchrist-Marshall-Warne-Ambrose-McGrath

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    My Top 20 Cricketers in order of pecker size

    1. Curtly Ambrose
    2. Viv Richards
    3. Malcolm Marshall
    4. Brian Lara
    5. Garry Sobers
    6. Dennis Lillee
    7. Keith Miller
    8. Graeme Pollock
    9. Adam Gilchrist
    10. WG Grace
    11. Richard Hadlee
    12. Don Bradman
    #13. Jack Hobbs
    #13. Len Hutton
    #13. Muttiah Muralitharan
    16. Shane Warne
    17. Wally Hammond
    18. Imran Khan
    19. Sydney Barnes
    20. Sachin Tendulkar

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    My Top 20 Cricketers in order of pecker size
    On that basis my understanding is that John Emburey would be top of the pile, followed by former Berkshire paceman Jeff Jones, known to his teammates as "The Clarinet Player"

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    Doubt very much that Murali could compete with Hobbs and Hutton Nufan...and you have Gilchrist far too high. Joel Garner unlucky not to be in the top 3 imo.

    Other than that, great list, no surprises seeing the WIs dominating in the top 5.

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    Joel Garner has to be right up the top, given the "if everything were in proportion, I'd be 8' 6" quote"

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    I quite liked CMJ's list.

    Here's mine:

    Bradman
    Sobers
    Tendulkar
    Warne
    Lara
    Richards
    Marshall
    Murali
    Gilchrist
    Kallis
    Khan
    Lillee
    Ambrose
    Hobbs
    Hadlee
    McGrath
    Gavaskar
    Hutton
    Ponting
    Akram

    with the sincerest apologies to the other Richards, who was to my eyes, even better than Viv when on song.
    i know i am god. since when i pray i find i am talking to myself.

    (massive apologies to barnes)

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    I didn't incluse te 20 biggest in the history of Test Cricket cause that would frankly be absurd! It was ordering my top 20. I actually forgot McGrath too.

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    After looking at all those lists it occured to me that most people abbreviate Garfield Sobers to Garry Sobers rather than Gary Sobers. Why is that when Garfield has only 1 r ?

    Gary is obviously more appropriate, so let's go with Gary from now on.

    BTW I think the confusion comes about because his autobiography is called - 'Garry Sobers: My Autobiography'. However, I'm pretty sure that Garfield Sobers always signed his autograph as 'Gary Sobers'. Perhaps Fred can confirm this for me one way or the other.

    (OK, it's Friday arvo and I'm bored)
    Last edited by watson; 14-06-2013 at 01:14 AM.

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    Cricinfo > Whatsun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    After looking at all those lists it occured to me that most people abbreviate Garfield Sobers to Garry Sobers rather than Gary Sobers. Why is that when Garfield has only 1 r ?

    Gary is obviously more appropriate, so let's go with Gary from now on.

    BTW I think the confusion comes about because his autobiography is called - 'Garry Sobers: My Autobiography'. However, I'm pretty sure that Garfield Sobers always signed his autograph as 'Gary Sobers'. Perhaps Fred can confirm this for me one way or the other.

    (OK, it's Friday arvo and I'm bored)
    My understanding is that the man himself prefers the double r - his first few books were always spelt with the single r in his name, and presumably with that 2002 auto he got his own way

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    Decent book, but a bit reverential - hopefully some day we will get a balanced and objective account of Sobers' life

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