Arguably the greatest batsman to have played the game of cricket, the Australian legend, even after passing away 17 years ago, remains one of the most loved, respected and perhaps the greatest cricketer of all time. And the person is none other than Donald Bradman. Born in Cootamundra, Australia, Bradman was considered the greatest cricketer of his generation and Wisden regarded him as the "the greatest phenomenon in the history of cricket, indeed in the history of all games. Bradman called time on his international career in and earned knighthood the very next year in March. He finished with 52 Tests for Australia and amassed runs with a highest score of runs at an average of
Over 6, English cricket fans voted and the team consists exclusively of Test legends, including three from the current squad — James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Joe Root.
Len Hutton Len Hutton's against Australia in , coming in only his sixth Test match, marked him out as destined for greatness and he would go on to score 19 centuries across an year career which spanned the Second World War.
His record is made even more astonishing by the fact that during the war, he broke his arm so badly that he was forced to readjust his technique and use a shortened bat for the remainder of his career.
During the Eighties, when players like Botham fluctuated with their hard-hitting style, Gower remained a constant, graceful player. How he made his runs was as important to many fans of that era as how many he made, his cover drive still reckoned by some as the prettiest Test cricket has witnessed.
His Test career spanned 14 years and as captain he masterminded series wins over Australia at home and against India in India. Joe Root The current captain has only been playing Test cricket for six years, so his inclusion showcases the impact of this gutsy, dexterous cricketer, hailed by many as the best batsman England have produced since the Second World War.
The year-old has already notched 13 tons and played a part in two Ashes series wins, and may well earn many more of both in a career from which plenty more is yet to come.
Root is currently ranked as the third best Test batsmen in the MRF Tyres rankings, and will be looking to add more runs to his tally come the arrival of India on Wednesday.
His outspoken nature dovetailed with his ability to divert the route of a Test match within a session, whether by smashing it or swinging it miles. At one point he was the leading Test wicket-taker of all time, and he still holds the record for the most five-fors 27 by an Englishman, complimented by 5, runs and wickets.
Alan Knott No wicket-keeper claimed more dismissals for England than Alan Knott, who claimed dismissals in his 14 years behind the stumps.
For wicket-keepers, performances behind the sticks are almost exclusively judged on their taking of chances, and not the ball-by-ball work they do.
It says something that not only is Knott remembered as a safe pair of hands, but also a terrifically nimble athlete.
Bradman was cricket's first modern hero, a man who transcended his game, embodied the modern Australian journey, and became a symbol of mastery over fate Stats analysis In terms of numbers, Don Bradman's achievements are so staggering that many of them will almost certainly never be equalled Timeline August 27, Small town, big boy Donald George Bradman is born in the small country town of Cootamundra in New South Wales High school, high score Scores his first century, aged 12, for the Bowral Intermediate High School, but gets in trouble from the headmaster for leaving a bat behind O'Reilly gets a taste of the future Starts playing regularly for Bowral and collects against Wingello, a team which includes Bill O'Reilly, the future Australian legspinning great. Later in the summer he picks up against Moss Vale, finishing the season with runs at
His ability with the bat was another asset, scoring 4, runs at an average of He afforded England the luxury of reliability — he seldom bowled a rotten spell - and he had a happy knack for striking in the first over of his spell.
Fred Trueman Answer to the same question in many a pub quiz, Trueman was the first cricketer from any nation to take Test wickets.
His iconic jet black hair and meaningful strut as he approached the crease are iconic memories for those lucky enough to witness him. With victims overall, and the most potent strike rate of any England bowler to take over Test wickets Often unplayable while the ball is hooping, what sets Anderson apart is how he has adapted and developed throughout his career into more than just a bowler for helpful conditions, but one who can be relied upon all over the world.
He has truly gotten better with each passing year. England fans will be hoping they don't have to countenance it for a while yet. An indefatigable and aggressive fast bowler, Bob Willis never seemed likely to give in, and spearheaded England's attack for 13 years.
Despite a chronic knee problem which required surgery while in his mids and caused him discomfort throughout his career, Willis' last spell of a day was seldom less hostile than his first, and he perservered to take wickets in his career.