Reviews ReviewsRSS FeedFeeds
The Wisden Cricketer

Shane Warne's Century

A legendary selection

A year after he published a list of the top cricketers he played with, Shane Warne has expanded his sights

Jarrod Kimber

December 13, 2008

Text size: A | A

Last year Shane Warne listed the best 50 cricketers he had played with. Some of his old Victorian team-mates have been downgraded since then, when Warne was accused of picking favourites. On the other hand Merv Hughes is at 18, ahead of Steve Waugh, Kapil Dev and Kevin Pietersen.

Otherwise there are not many surprises: 2005 ashes excuses, check; Paul Collingwood swipe, check; English system rubbished, check; gentle backhanders to old enemies like Ranatunga and Ganguly, check.

Warne uses anecdotes to explain his choices but many are well-known - almost all of the chapter on Mike Gatting is about 'that ball'. Better are the insights on the likes of John Wright and Carl Hooper because they are fresh. And there is Brian McMillan storming the Australian dressing room with a gun.

Overall the book has the feel of dictation and much of it might be best heard late after a few drinks. It might have been better as a coffee table flick-through with each player pictured. But if you want to spend a few hours with Warney telling you stories about friends and foes, then here you go.

Shane Warne's Century: My Top 100 Test Cricketers
by Shane Warne; foreword by Michael Parkinson
Mainstream Publishing £17.99

This article was first published in the December 2008 issue of the Wisden Cricketer. Subscribe here

© The Wisden Cricketer

Email Feedback Print
Related Links

    'Kenya cricket is dead'

Aasif Karim's dream spell against Australia in 2003 symbolised a brief golden period for Kenya, but since his retirement, the country's cricket has nose-dived. By Tim Wigmore

    Wicket-taking oldies, and English centurions

Ask Steven: Also, playing against most teams, highest ODI scores by batsmen out hit-wicket, and Flying Stumps

    'McGrath never talked about luck'

My Favourite Cricketer: Michael Kasprowicz admired Glenn McGrath's consistency and positive nature

'He's the rock of West Indies' batting'

Modern Masters: Rahul Dravid and Sanjay Manjrekar on the impact of Shivnarine Chanderpaul's run-scoring

The work that is county cricket

Jon Hotten: Players toil all season, but fans don't really get a sense of the scale of effort involved

News | Features Last 7 days

Shiv's not-outs, and hit-wicket victims

Also, top-scoring in both innings, most Test dismissals caught, and the oldest Test centurion

Dhoni clears the stadium

Plays of the Day from the Champions League T20 match between Chennai Super Kings and Perth Scorchers, in Bangalore

'You can't survive 66 Tests on the basis of a quota'

Ashwell Prince talks about proving critics wrong, scoring hundreds against Australia, and that unending partnership in Colombo

Nine-ball mayhem: Seven boundaries, broken bat, and a wicket

Chasing Chennai Super Kings' 242, Dolphins opener Cameron Delport played nine action-packed deliveries in his innings. Here's what happened ball by ball

Umar Akmal gives Raza the glare

Plays of the day from the CLT20 match between Dolphins and Lahore Lions in Bangalore

News | Features Last 7 days