The greatest team of all time?

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:

Virender Sehwag

Sunil Gavaskar

Donald Bradman

Sachin Tendulkar

Brian Lara

Kapil Dev

Adam Gilchrist (wk)

Shane Warne

Wasim Akram

Curtly Ambrose

Glenn McGrath.

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?


  • I’m just surprised that the “east or west – INDIA DA BEST” gang that clearly dominated the voting didn’t include Ajit Agarkar and Kiran More ….

  • JGM here. Kapil Dev at 6?! Ha. Although he was a great player, he was probably the worst of the four great all-rounders that played in the 1980s. I’d rank Imran Khan, Botham and Hadlee above him every time. I think the stats would support this too (although I could be wrong).

  • Bradmans finesse was not close…not even close to G Pollock, Barry Richards , Tendulkar etc.
    Could not really handle spin.
    Look at his style youself.
    Ausies are biased… eyed guys.


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