This is such an interesting list in that you would've only seen two of them live. It shows that you derive equal or more likely even greater pleasure from reading about cricket as you do watching or following it in action. There's nothing wrong with that of course - quite the contrary really, as it speaks volumes for the different ways us fans can enjoy the game and fit our interest in it into whatever mould our other interests dictate - but very interesting all the same.In all seriousness though, I can't really narrow it down that far. I'll try and get it down to an XI though.
It seems a shame that there was no 20/20 in his day. He seems an absolute natural for it.Here's a list of many writers' favorite cricketers;
My Favourite Cricketer | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo
Les Favell seems to be very popular and charismatic, wish I knew more about the man.