The World's greatest Cricket Team

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There have been many great cricketers since the sport was first played in the late 16th century.
We selected the world's greatest cricket team made up of past and present players.

Sir Jack Hobbs

Nicknamed the Master, the Englishman is regarded by many as one of the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket having been active between 1905 and 1934.
Considered to be the best opening batsman in history, Master is the leading run-scorer and century-maker in first-class cricket, with 61,760 runs and 199 centuries.
Hobbs played 834 first-class matches and had a batting average of 50.70, while his top score was 316.  

Sachin Tendulkar 

The man known as the Little Master holds many records in Test and ODI cricket having excelled as a batsman between 1988 and 2013.
He played 664 international cricket matches in total, scoring 34,357 runs and had a batting average of 53.78 in Test cricket.   
The Indian superstar is the holder of the record for the most runs in both Test and ODI, and some believe that he is the greatest batsmen in the history of cricket.

“Probably technically the best batsman (Sachin Tendulkar) I ever saw. The hardest batsman to get out,” Australia’s 2015 World Cup-winning captain Michael Clarke told Fox Sports.

"I think Sachin, technically, didn’t have a weakness. Part of you hoped that he made a mistake."

Ricky Ponting - Captain

The Australian legend was a specialist right-handed batsman, an excellent slip or close catching fielder and was named Cricketer of the Decade by in 2000.
Ponting is considered the most successful captain in international cricket history, with 220 matches won overall from 324 matches with a winning ratio of 67.91%.
The 45-year-old played 375 ODI matches and scored 13,704 runs. He had a batting average of 43.03.

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Don Bradman

The late Australian batsman was one of the most consistent and reliable cricketers during his active years between 1927 and 1949
Bradman's career Test batting average of 99.94 has been cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in cricket.
The Kensington Park batsman played 234 first class matches and scored 28,067 runs, while boasting a 95.14 batting average.  

Brian Lara

Popularly nicknamed the 'Prince of Port of Spain', Lara is one of the greatest batsmen of all time, having enjoyed a successful career as the West Indies captain.
Lara topped the Test batting rankings on several occasions and holds several cricketing records, including the record for the highest individual score in first-class cricket with 501 for Warwickshire in 1994. 
The Trinidad and Tobago-born batsman played 131 Test matches and scored 11,953 runs and had a batting average of 52.88.  

Garry Sobers

The Barbados-born all-rounder was a highly skilled bowler, an aggressive batsman and an excellent fielder as he represented West Indies.
Sobers, who was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009, is widely considered to be cricket's greatest ever all-rounder.
He played 93 Tests for the West Indies, scoring 8032 runs at an average of 57.78 and taking 235 wickets at an average of 34.03.  

Jacques Kallis

The South African legend is another great all-rounder in the team having played as a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast-medium swing bowler until he retired in 2016.
Kallis is the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take over 250 wickets in both ODI and Test match cricket.
The Cape Town-born all-rounder played 166 Test matches and had a batting average of over 55 runs per innings.

Mahendra Singh (MS) Dhoni (Wicket-keeper)

The former India captain is regarded by some as one of the best wicket-keepers and captains in modern limited-overs international cricket.
Singh is also one of the highest run-scorers in ODIs with more than 10,000 runs scored and is considered an effective "finisher" in limited-overs formats.
Dhoni holds the records of the most dismissals in an innings (6) and career (432) by an Indian wicket-keeper.  

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Shane Warne

The former Australia captain is one of the greatest bowlers in the history of the game having won Wisden Cricketers of the Year and Leading Cricketer in the World awards.
He was a devastating spin bowler (right-arm leg break) and famously bowled numerous right-hand batsmen around the back of their legs.
Warne was also a useful lower-order batsman during his career, as he is the only player to have scored more than 3,000 Test runs without a career century.
He played 145 Test matches and recorded 708 wickets while boasting a 25.41 bowling average.  

Muttiah Muralitharan

The former Sri Lanka bowler holds the world record for the most wickets in both Test and one-day cricket making him one of the greatest bowlers of all time.
Muralitharan held the number one spot in the ICC's player rankings for Test bowlers for a record period of 1,711 days spanning 214 Test matches and he retired in 2014. He was another deadly off-spinner who mastered the googly delivery. 
The Kandy-born legend has the highest number of international wickets in Tests, ODIs and T20s combined (1347 wickets).  

"I don't think anyone will get there, so well done to Murali for getting his 800 (wickets)," Warne told Sky Sports in 2010.

"The way he has gone about it has been amazing. There's been a lot of controversy about his action but at the end of the day the ICC cleared him, he's allowed to play, and what he did with the ball was amazing."

Malcolm Marshall

The former West Indies star, who is one of the most complete fast bowlers the cricketing world ever saw, sadly died in 1999 at the age of 41.
Marshall's Test bowling average of 20.94 is the best of anyone who has taken 200 or more wickets and he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
He played 136 ODI matches and registered 157 wickets with a bowling average of 26.96.  

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Published: 04/30/2020