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The Invincibles

July 26, 2010 : When you count the number of greats who had to be omitted from this XI, you realise the wealth of talent West Indies possessed

Those two pals, and Toothpick

July 20, 2010 : West Indies may not have produced as many top-notch spinners as fast bowlers, but the ones that did come through were world-beaters

Lean, mean pace machines

July 12, 2010 : West Indies All-Time XI: Their fast-bowling reservoir was so deep, they could have had an XI full of quick men and still have to leave some out

Safe, solid, sometimes spectacular

July 6, 2010 : The West Indies side has been blessed down the years with keepers who could bat, and bat well

Four of a rare breed

June 28, 2010 : The Caribbean produced plenty of great specialists, but not too many top allrounders. Still, the choice in this segment is not a difficult one

Thirteen problems

June 21, 2010 : West Indies all-time XI: How do you pick just three from a middle-order list that includes Richards, Lara, Lloyd, Rowe, and the three Ws?

Top-heavy

June 14, 2010 : One of the most feared opening combinations, and three other aggressive opening batsmen, are on this power-packed list

West Indies Jury

Jimmy Adams
Jimmy Adams
Played 54 Tests for West Indies between 1992 and 2001, and captained them in 15. Has served as manager of the Under-19 side, as president of the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations, and technical director of Jamaica's cricket development programme.
XI: Greenidge, Hunte, Headley, Richards, Weekes, Sobers, Hendriks (wk), Marshall, Garner, Ambrose, Gibbs
Tony Becca
Tony Becca
Former sports editor of the Jamaica Gleaner and the Daily News. Former president of the Caribbean and Jamaican sportswriters associations. Award-winning writer who covered West Indies cricket around the world for 30 years.
XI: Greenidge, Hunte, Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers, Hendriks, Marshall, Holding, Roberts, Gibbs
Hilary Beckles
Hilary Beckles
Professor of History at the University of West Indies, and Director of the Centre for Cricket Research. Author of The Development of West Indies Cricket and Liberation Cricket; West Indies Cricket Culture among other books.
XI: Worrell, Greenidge, Headley, Weekes, Richards, Sobers, Walcott, Marshall, Hall, Holding, Gibbs
Frank Birbalsingh
Frank Birbalsingh
Cricket writer and author and editor of several books, among them The Rise of West Indian Cricket: From Colony to Nation. Professor of English at York University in Toronto.
XI: Greenidge, Haynes, Headley, Richards, Worrell, Walcott, Sobers, Dujon, Holding, Roberts, Gibbs
Imran Khan
Imran Khan
West Indies team sponsor Digicel's media manager. Former West Indies team media manager and communications manager of the Stanford 20/20. Has been writing on West Indies cricket for 10 years.
XI: Kanhai, Hunte, Headley, Richards, Lara, Sobers, Murray, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Ian McDonald
Ian McDonald
Novelist, poet and cricket writer in Guyana. Delivered the inaugural Sir Frank Worrell lecture in 2005. Sat on a panel set up by the WICB in 2007 to make recommendations on the governance of West Indies cricket.
XI: Greenidge, Kanhai, Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers, Worrell, Dujon, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Fazeer Mohammed
Fazeer Mohammed
Journalist and broadcaster from Trinidad and Tobago who has been covering West Indies cricket, at home and abroad, for over 20 years.
XI: Greenidge, Hunte, Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers, Walcott, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Joseph Perreira
Joseph Perreira
Veteran radio commentator; has covered 145 Test matches over 30 years for the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, and all the World Cups save for one.
XI: Greenidge, Fredericks, Richards, Lara, Headley, Sobers, Walcott, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Gibbs
Garth Wattley
Garth Wattley
Chief cricket writer and assistant sports editor at the Trinidad Express. Has been writing on sport in general and West Indies cricket in particular for the last 17 years.
XI: Hunte, Greenidge, Richards, Headley, Lara, Sobers, Worrell, Hendriks, Marshall, Roberts, Ambrose
Rudi Webster
Rudi Webster
Played first-class cricket for Warwickshire, Otago and Scotland in the sixties. A scholar, medical doctor and a pioneer in performance enhancement in sport, he has worked with many of Australia's best athletes and sports teams.
XI: Greenidge, Haynes, Headley, Richards, Weekes, Sobers, Worrell, Hendriks, Marshall, Roberts, Gibbs

    Amby's turn to talk

Review: Curtly Ambrose's autobiography has just the right mix of reflection, forthrightness and lists

    'I'm square, hairy, soft'

South Africa's Richard Levi talks about batting with Sachin Tendulkar, and ranks himself on dressing-room messiness

Sport is a vicious monster we make

The Cricket Monthly: The games we follow are brutal, unforgiving and unjust, but we wouldn't have them any other way. By Simon Barnes
TCM April issue

Comebacks from hopeless second-innings situations

Anantha Narayanan: A look at the best of the come-from-behind wins in Tests, and a letter to Don Bradman

The crab who would be king

Roger Sawh: Shivnarine Chanderpaul, despite his one-of-a-kind technique and because of his steely grit, is on the brink of becoming West Indies' top run maker

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'I've never seen myself as anybody famous'

Dale Steyn on relationships, his beard, how growing up in the bush shaped him, and what attracted him to fast bowling

Three questions for cricket

Do fast bowlers need verbal fisticuffs to generate aggression? Does sending a nightwatchman in always make sense? Is surpassing 100mph even possible?

Where has Pakistan's aggression gone?

Attacking play - particularly bowling - has been the team's hallmark down the decades, but not anymore it would seem

England's swinging shooting star

The boy from Burnley with magic in his wrist has surpassed all before him - with luck we will be able to enjoy his skill and application for a few more years yet

Azhar Ali needs time to move out of Misbah's shadow

Azhar Ali's early steps in captaincy will be analysed extensively but he needs time to step out of the large shadows of Misbah-ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi

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