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Tendulkar only current player in ESPNcricinfo all-time World XI

October 25, 2010 : Four Australians and three West Indians make it to the side. Warne, Gilchrist and Akram other recent players to feature

Ian Chappell on ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI Openers | Middle orders | Allrounder | Wicketkeeper | Bowlers

Who after Bradman and Sobers?

October 25, 2010 : Shane Warne and Sachin Tendulkar have effectively been voted the third and fourth-greatest cricketers in the game's history

A match-up made in heaven

October 25, 2010 : Rob Steen: The notion of a face-off between Trueman and Tendulkar, Lillee and Lara is mouth-watering. Who'll win in a contest between ESPNcricinfo's World XI and the Second XI?

Over their dead bodies

October 26, 2010 : Peter Roebuck picks a Stodgy XI, a team of slowpokes who will test the patience of the fiercest opponents and the tolerance of the most obdurate viewers

On the other hand

October 24, 2010 : In the lead-up to the announcement of ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI, Mike Selvey picks a team comprising only left-handers

Nice guys finish first

October 23, 2010 : In the lead-up to the announcement of ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI, Ramachandra Guha picks a team of 11 gentlemen

Why pick all-time XIs?

October 22, 2010 : Gideon Haigh: There may be plenty of well-known problems inherent in choosing such sides, but the exercise is still a worthwhile one

For your money (and your life)

October 20, 2010 : In the lead-up to the announcement of ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI, David Frith picks a play-for-your-life XI that will do you proud if the choice is between not losing and the gas chamber

Poetry in motion

October 18, 2010 : In the lead-up to the announcement of ESPNcricinfo's all-time World XI, Suresh Menon picks 11 elegant players who couldn't be graceless if they tried

Thrill-a-minute XI

October 15, 2010 : Ian Chappell picks a team of exciting players in the lead-up to the announcement of ESPNcricinfo's all-time world XI

The excluded

October 12, 2010 : Gideon Haigh picks an alternative all-time XI, from those players who weren't on ESPNcricinfo's shortlist of 88, and his team is as formidable as any

ESPNcricinfo to pick world XI

September 28, 2010 : Team to be selected from all-star country XIs by a jury of eight former captains and four cricket writers

World Jury

Intikhab Alam
Intikhab Alam
Former Pakistan allrounder. Captained the side in 17 Tests and three ODIs between 1969 and 1975 and later served as team manager and coach.
Ali Bacher
Ali Bacher
Captained South Africa in 1970, when they defeated Australia 4-0; was managing director of the South African cricket board through the 1990s, and executive director of the 2003 World Cup.
Ian Chappell
Ian Chappell
Captained Australia in 30 Tests and 11 ODIs between 1971 and 1975. Now a cricket commentator and columnist.
David Frith
David Frith
Cricket historian, writer and archivist. Author of the definitive history of Bodyline
Tony Greig
Tony Greig
Former England allrounder who captained the side in 14 Tests and two ODIs in the mid-to-late 1970s. Currently a cricket commentator and presenter on television.
Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha
Historian and cricket writer. Author of A Corner of a Foreign Field, Wickets in the East, Spin and Other Turns, and editor of the Picador Book of Cricket
Gideon Haigh
Gideon Haigh
Cricket historian and writer. His books include acclaimed biographies of Warwick Armstrong and Jack Iverson, and the definitive history of the Kerry Packer era.
Clive Lloyd
Clive Lloyd
Captained the all-conquering West Indies team of the 70s and 80s in 74 Tests and 84 ODIs. Served as ICC match referee and chairman of the ICC's cricket committee.
Duleep Mendis
Duleep Mendis
Captained Sri Lanka in 19 Tests (including in their first Test and series victories) and 61 ODIs, between 1982 and 1987. Currently chief executive of Sri Lanka Cricket.
Peter Roebuck
Peter Roebuck
Former captain of Somerset; author of It Never Rains and Sometimes I Forgot to Laugh among other books.
Ajit Wadekar
Ajit Wadekar
Former India captain, between 1971 and 1974, during which period the team notched up their landmark first wins in the West Indies and England. Later a manager of the national side.
John Wright
John Wright
Former New Zealand opener and captain, and later India coach. Led in 14 Tests and 31 ODIs between 1983 and 1987.

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