An online poll by the ICC’s website has revealed the greatest test XI in history – according to those who voted, that is. Looking at the list, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the vast majority of respondents come from India. The team is:
Adam Gilchrist (wk)
Hmm. Sehwag is a terrific player – but better than Hobbs or Boycott? Was Kapil Dev a superior all-rounder to Garry Sobers? And why no place for Viv Richards, Malcolm Marshall or Ricky Ponting?
Any list chosen by us, the punters, will always throw up stupid results. I remember Channel 4’s ‘Music of the Millennium’ poll in 1999, in which Robbie Williams was ranked ahead of Mozart in the ‘most influential’ category. But even so, I think we can do a little better than this.
So come on chaps, let’s have it – your greatest test team of all time. Who’s missing from the XI above – and who shouldn’t really be there?