> 1 Jack Hobbs
> Unknown (I haven't seen him). Does he belong here ? Any other
> contenders for openers?
Yes Len Hutton, Bill Ponsford are my tops
> 2 Sunil Gavaskar
> Expected - Undoubtedly the greatest opener of all time.
He's great not the greatest - Hutton Sutcliffe Hobbs Grace Hanif Hayden
Ponsford will give SMG a run for money
> 3 Don Bradman (Cap)
> Expected - Arguably the greatest batsman of all time (See #5)
You are the first to argue the Don
> 4 Viv Richards
> Expected - The most destructive batsman of his generation
Agreed - however Graeme Pollock would be my choice for an all time #4
> 5 Sachin Tendulkar
> Expected - Arguably the greatest batsman of all time (See #3)
Take out the first half of Sachin's career and chances are high of losing
the argument. Aside from Bradman, Pollock, Sobers, Headley, GChappell, the
openers above, Javed, Hammond etc are comparable
> 6 Sir Garfield Sobers
> Expected - Undoubtedly the greatest all-rounder of all time.
Agreed re batting allround
> 7 Imran Khan
> Open-to-debate : Assuming he is being taken as an allrounder - Hadlee ?
Easily the best bowling allrounder of all time. Hadlee was a great bowler
who could bat well enough to get a test 100. Monty Noble, another great
> 8 Adam Gilchrist
> Open-to-debate : Rodney Marsh ? (Do you really need Gilly's batting
I'd pick Marsh, others are Evans, Ames, Tallon, Oldfield
> 9 Shane Warne
> Open-to-debate : Muralitharan maybe ? (Controversial - therefore
Easy way out. huh? I'll stay with Warne. Murali and Grimmett would be my
> 10 Dennis Lillee
> Open-to-debate : PLEASE !!! Wasim/Waqar/Marshall - Please !
This is impossible - I'd pick all four if I could. For pure tearaway speed
and control I'll go with Marshall - but any one of them (except the older
Waqar) can claim this spot. Add in Hadlee, Donald, Lindwall, Davidson,
Holding and Larwood to this lot for a pantheon of great fast bowlers. In
the end, however it's Imran Marshall and Barnes as my opening bowlers with
Sobers as relief.
> 11 Sydney Barnes
> Open-to-debate : See above !! (W/W/M)
No debate. Barnes was the best bowler of all