No announcement yet.

Wisden names five cricketers of the century

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

    Wisden names five cricketers of the century

    Sir Donald Bradman scored a perfect century of votes on Wednesday when cricket bible Wisden announced its five greatest players of the 20th century.

    The Australian, who averaged 99.94 with the bat in test cricket, was the only candidate picked by every member of a distinguished panel asked to choose five men ``whose excellence at cricket during the 20th century made the greatest contribution to the game.''

    The other four chosen were former West Indies captain Gary Sobers who received 90 votes, England batsman Jack Hobbs 30, Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne 27 and batsman Viv Richards of the West Indies with 25.

    None of the 100 panellists, who included 53 test cricketers as well as sports journalists and historians, picked all five who came out on top.

    Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee and Frank Worrell of the West Indies tied for sixth place with 19 votes.

    None of the panellists, who included former cricketers Richie Benaud, Fred Trueman, Sunil Gavaskar and Clive Lloyd, voted for himself. All were asked to set aside bias towards their own country.

    Results of the vote will be published on Thursday in the millennium edition of the Wisden and appear on the publication's website

    Retiring Wisden editor Matthew Engel also named his five players of the year, choosing South African Lance Klusener, New Zealander Chris Cairns, Tom Moody of Australia, Pakistan's Saqlain Mushtaq and Rahul Dravid of India.

    Full results:

    1 Sir Donald Bradman - 100 votes
    2 Sir Garfield Sobers - 90
    3 Sir Jack Hobbs - 30
    4 Shane Warne - 27
    5 Sir Vivian Richards - 25
    6 D.K. Lillee, Sir Frank Worrell -19
    8 W.R. Hammond - 18
    9 D.C.S. Compton - 14
    10 Sir Richard Hadlee, Imran Khan -13
    12 S. M. Gavaskar - 12
    13 S. F. Barnes, S. F. Barnes - 11
    15 W.J. O'Reilly - 10
    16 I.T. Botham - 9
    17 H. Larwood, R.R. Lindwall, S. R.
    Tendulkar - 6
    20 R.Benaud, G.A. Headley, Kapil Dev - 5
    23 R.G. Pollock , W. Rhodes, V. T. Trumper - 4
    26 T.G. Evans, M. D. Marshall, Wasim Akram - 3
    29 Sir Alec Bedser, C.V. Grimmett, F. S. Trueman,
    F. E. Woolley - 2
    33 C. E. L. Ambrose, M. W. Tate, 1, K. C. Bland,
    A. R. Border, B. J. T. Bosanquet, B. S.
    Chandrasekhar, I. M. Chappell, Lord Constantine,
    A. A. Donald, A. P. Freeman, L. R. Gibbs, M. A.
    Holding, C. H. Lloyd, S. J. McCabe, B. Mitchell,
    K. S. Ranjitsinjhi, Sir Pelham Warner- 1.


      Is that the complete list?

      Warne is class, but placing him in the 5 of the century seems a bit far-fetched. How come names like Neil Harvey and Barry Richards didn't pop up?