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Australian fab four in ICC's Dream Team

By Chris Pike
18 July 2011 11:24PM EST

SHANE Warne, Adam Gilchrist, Glenn McGrath and Don Bradman have all been voted in the greatest ever Test XI voted for by more than 250,000 cricket fans ahead of the 2000th Test at Lords.

Four Australians, four Indians, two West Indians and one Pakistani were named in the Dream XI via the ICC’s official website ahead of the India vs England clash in London this week.

Bradman was an almost automatic inclusion given his unsurpassed Test average and unbelievable batting feats.

And having dominated one of the greatest actual Test sides ever assembled, the master spinner, the prolific wicketkeeper-batsman and the brilliant pace bowler were fitting inclusions.

Perhaps the most controversial inclusion was Kapil Dev as the all-rounder, who beat England legend Sir Ian Botham.

And there was no place for Muttiah Muralitharan - despite him having taken the most Test wickets in the history of the game.

Clive Lloyd, captain of the fearsome West Indian side of the 70s and 80s was also a notable omission - as was that side's 'Master Blaster' Sir Viv Richards

Virender Sehwag and Sunil Gavaskar were named the openers, Sachin Tendulkar was named at four, West Indian genius Brian Lara at five and Dev at six.

Gilchrist, Warne, Wasim Akram and Curtley Ambrose rounded out the team.

"It would have been quite special to see this team take the field of play given the array of batting and bowling talent contained within the playing eleven,” Haroon Lorgat, ICC Chief Executive, said.

"Selecting from such greats is no easy job, and not surprisingly, the selection mainly reflects modern players seen by present day supporters.

“There are many greats from the past who would have easily merited selection in this team, but it is nevertheless interesting to see the fans view on their greatest eleven of all time."

ICC Dream Test XI: Sehwag, Gavaskar, Bradman, Tendulkar, Lara, Kapil Dev, Gilchrist, Warne, Wasim Akram, Ambrose, McGrath

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luke 18 July 2011 11:50PM

this dream team is a classic and no doubt that brian lara is the best batsman out of the lot

aj 23 July 2011 8:09AM

take a walk no way with srt in there

ashish 19 July 2011 11:30AM

what a big big joke ! i can't imagine kapil dev ahead of sobers or imran khan or marshall or hadlee.all of them are miles ahead of kapil.also, i'd replace warne by murli.throughout his career murli dismantled teams when they were more or less in good positions.warne , on the other hand, had opportunities to bowl to relatively unsettled batsmen when the likes of glenn mcgrath and gillespie had given aussies initial breakthrough .

aditya` 20 July 2011 2:38AM

this dream is really pathetic
with no malcolm marshall , cloin croft the westindian great
and including shane warne <by far the most comtroversial cricketer >
it hink he shuld hav been replaced by murali and with no viv richards , and sir ian botham
leaving indian great mohinder amarnath , sourav gangly <captain >this is really a joke team not an icc dream team

MK 27 July 2011 1:23AM

Bloody Kapil dev was the most naturally talented cricketers to hv played the game.

Believe me when Kapil's game won the world cup and later when his game agaon dominated the Benson & hedges 1985 world series the other so called greats (Imran, Botham & hadlee) were part of much better teams. He record is very truncated because he bowled in India where most of the greats could barely bowl let alone take wickets (incl. Lillee, Imran & Botham). Only sobers could hv gained more mileage but then he played in a different era.

Agreed Kapil looked ragged during the last few yrs of his career because he unnecessarily prolonged his career for records sake but without a doubt in his prime he was a more talented and natural match winner than other allrounders in his time.

This is why India ruled in his prime - won the world cup and world series in 1983 & 1985. You hv to be a fool to know it and yet ignore.