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    Wisden names All Time World XI

    Wisden All Time World XI
    01. W.G. Grace
    02. Sir Jack Hobbs
    03. Sir Donald Bradman *
    04. Sachin Tendulkar
    05. Sir I.V.A. Richards
    06. Sir Garfield Sobers
    07. Alan Knott +
    08. Wasim Akram
    09. Shane Warne
    10. Malcolm Marshall
    11. Sydney Barnes
    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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    McGrath for Barnes. Also would probably have Hammond or Headley for Tendulkar, but meh.

    There'll be some comment about Knott over Gilly I suppose, but I don't see a problem with going for a pure gloveman in an ATG XI.
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    Did Gilchrist ever win Wisden Cricketer of the Year? If not, that would definitely explain his absence.

    I do like how the team consists of cricketers from all the different eras of Test Cricket.
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    Hard to disagree to much with that XI.

    I think the most contentious places in the squad are Knott (plethora of alternatives), Warne (Murali), Grace / Barnes (depending on stance of pre WWI cricketers) and Akram (Lillee, McGrath, Imran etc etc)


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    So they're just restricting it to Cricketers of the Year?

    Interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Did Gilchrist ever win Wisden Cricketer of the Year? If not, that would definitely explain his absence.

    I do like how the team consists of cricketers from all the different eras of Test Cricket.
    He won it in 2002.

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    Shame no one ever selects Lara.
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    Was genuinely surprised at Akram over Lillee and Grace over Hutton, otherwise fairly predictable. Don't think it's a Test xi, but rather cricket in general encompassing Test, First Class and ODI, but could be very wrong.

    Personally though, just don't believe though that Barnes did enough to merit selection, Grace wasn't successful at Test cricket and don't know what Wasim brings to a team that Imran doesn't beside being left handed. Knott was handy with the bat, but Gilly was a match winner with the bat and brilliant vs Warne with the gloves, but no real problem with that selection as it's really a toss up with those two. wicket keeper batsman or batsman wicket keeper.

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    would go for Imran over Barnes and Gilchrist over Knott, otherwise pretty good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    He won it in 2002.
    Cheers.

    Wasim always does well in these type of things. Better than he does whenever CW collectively name ATG teams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    Cheers.

    Wasim always does well in these type of things. Better than he does whenever CW collectively name ATG teams.
    Why though?

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    he's a left armer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyear2 View Post
    Why though?
    I get the feeling that we (CW) generally like to pick more of a bowling all rounder at 8 and figure that Wasim isn't good enough for the other two fast bowling spots.

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    And he's awesome.

    I love all time teams, but I really think that pre-1910/1920 cricketers are too hard to gauge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NUFAN View Post
    I get the feeling that we (CW) generally like to pick more of a bowling all rounder at 8 and figure that Wasim isn't good enough for the other two fast bowling spots.
    No, because he wasn't that great a bowler compared to the competition. Less than 4 WPM, too high a percentage of tail end wickets and his strike rate was a tad high.

    Quote Originally Posted by Monk View Post
    And he's awesome.

    I love all time teams, but I really think that pre-1910/1920 cricketers are too hard to gauge.
    Fully agree.

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