All-time XI: West Indies July 26, 2010

Eighties stars dominate West Indies all-time XI

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Five players from the all-star West Indies sides of the 80s have made it to Cricinfo's West Indies all-time Test XI: Gordon Greenidge, Viv Richards, Curtly Ambrose, Michael Holding and Malcolm Marshall.

Viv Richards was the one unanimous pick from that era. Garry Sobers, considered the world's greatest allrounder, and George Headley, nicknamed the black Bradman, were the other two to get all 10 votes.

Like in the Pakistan all-time XI, there are no current players in the XI, a reflection of the sorry state of two teams that were once world-class.

Greenidge was picked by nine jurors to open the innings, but his partner Desmond Haynes, with whom he made a record 16 century stands missed out; the other opener's spot went to Conrad Hunte, who opened in all of his 44 Tests for West Indies and scored over 3000 runs. Other prominent omissions were the three Ws and Andy Roberts.

Brian Lara made it to the middle order with six votes, while the gloves were given to Jackie Hendriks. Though Jeff Dujon and Clyde Walcott were the better batsmen, Hendriks got the nod over them because of his remarkable skills behind the wicket, including to spinners. And with a middle order that boasts Headley, Richards, Lara and Sobers, the XI can afford to have a pure keeper in the ranks.

The most debated-on position among the readers was that of the spinner: whether West Indies, with its fast-bowling pack, needed one. The jury thought they did, and all but one picked Lance Gibbs, the first spin bowler to take 300 Test wickets, over Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine.

That left three fast-bowling spots, which went to Malcolm Marshall (nine votes), and to Michael Holding and Curtly Ambrose (six votes each).

Barbados, traditionally the powerhouse of Caribbean cricket, accounts for four players in the XI, followed by Jamaica with three.

We invited our readers to pick their XI, and their middle-order, fast-bowling, spinner and allrounder picks matched the jury's. Sobers got close to a unanimous vote for the allrounder's spot, while Gibbs got over 80%. A majority of readers picked the Greenidge-Haynes pair to open the innings, and over 77% voted for Dujon to keep wicket.

The jury included former Test player Jimmy Adams, journalists Tony Becca, Fazeer Mohammed and Garth Wattley, radio commentator Joseph Perreira, cricket historian Hilary Beckles, sports psychologist Rudi Webster, writers Ian McDonald and Frank Birbalsingh and former West Indies media manager Imran Khan.

More about the XI here

The XI: Gordon Greenidge, Conrad Hunte, George Headley, Vivian Richards, Brian Lara, Garry Sobers, Jackie Hendriks, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose, Lance Gibbs.

Readers' XI: Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, George Headley, Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Garry Sobers, Jeff Dujon, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose, Lance Gibbs.

Nominees

Openers: Conrad Hunte, Roy Fredericks, Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Chris Gayle.

Middle order: George Headley, Everton Weekes, Clyde Walcott, Frank Worrell, Rohan Kanhai, Seymour Nurse, Clive Lloyd, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharran, Viv Richards, Richie Richardson, Brian Lara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul.

Allrounders: Learie Constantine, Garry Sobers, Gerry Gomez, Collie Smith.

Wicketkeepers: Clyde Walcott, Jackie Hendriks, Deryck Murray, Jeffrey Dujon.

Fast bowlers: Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Andy Roberts, Michael Holding, Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Malcolm Marshall, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Ian Bishop.

Spinners: Alf Valentine, Sonny Ramadhin, Lance Gibbs.

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  • Alex10 on July 29, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Perhaps the following is better: Greenidge, Viv(c), Headley, Lara, Weekes/Kanhai, Sobers, Dujon, Marshall, Holding, Gibbs, Ambrose.

    1. Viv opened the innings in 2 tests with great flair ... also, if the middle order is fairly strong, why not send the best ever batsman of fast bowling as the opener? That clears the space to include either Weekes or Kanhai.

    2. Hendricks a better 'keeper than Dujon? Look up their records!

  • Blythesville on July 28, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Here's the problem I have with this team (and the Greatest Xi) exercise - it picks the best players and NOT the best team. This is a team of quality players but no leadership. It lacks the sharp tactical minds of the like of Worrell and Lloyd.

  • Metman on July 28, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Seeing that the jury and many others went ahead and pick their greats based on averages when they like,and favourites when they like,I will now go ahead and pick my team using the SAME CRITERIA!Greenidge,Haynes,Weekes,Nurse,Walcott,Sobers,Worrell,Marshall,Garner,Hall,Griffith.Next time cricket info should employ the services of messrs Duckworth and Lewis to come up with some system, and the ICC method using the points system.That way all the bias,insularity,and favouritism will be eliminated!

  • BRNUGGET on July 28, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    The perfect team, except for the fact Clyde Walcott should have been there for Hendricks and Andy Roberts for Curtley Ambrose. Amby is very good, but Andy was better, he bowled in an era when there were superb batsmen and lively wickets. From Gavaskar to Ian & Greg Chappell, Majid, Gower, Barry Richards, Asif Iqbal…all rated him the best. He had it all, pace, swing, cut, bouncers and slower deliveries, could extract life from any pitch.

    Imagine no place for Weekes, Lloyd, Kallicharan, Garner, Kanhai…very difficult to leave this players out. Glad that Sir Viv got all 10 jury votes and 90% of people's votes, he was the best, complete destroyer who massacred bowling attacks like no one could. He had style and was the king on the field. Surprised that Late Macko Marshall got 9 jury votes, wonder who was that who voted against. He is the best quick of all times. Missed the Windies glory of 1960s to mid 1990s.

  • Asif_Iqbal on July 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Clive Lloyd is missing ? then who would be captain

  • scrunter2 on July 27, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I cannot understand why Inshan Ali was not among the nominees.He was one of the best the world has ever seen in his art-form.Ask Boycott.

  • on July 27, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I think this is the worst All-time XI selection so far, by cricinfo. I would like to know how Jackie Hendriks, with 47 dismissals and 2 50s, can make it to the team, at the cost of Clyde Walcott! Again, Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrel had opened on several occasions. I see no reason how Hunte and Greenidge should be preferred over them, just because they opened more regularly! And did I miss Joel Garner's name in the list or was he not selected?! I am utterly disgusted with this selection. I hope good sense prevails when the Indian XI is selected.

  • manasvi_lingam on July 27, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    An error in selecting the team with regards to Hendricks. As for the rest, good choices but arguable ones. Why didn't Weekes and Walcott with the highest avg and the back-up keeper not get selected? What of Worrell who was the greatest captain and a very good back-up bowler? I certainly believe that one of them should have been there at Lara's expanse. And as for the bowlers, I wish a 4-bowler attack was around but the 3 pacers were exactly my choice. If a 4th pacer was around, I'd have chosen between Roberts and Garner.

  • Rajesh. on July 27, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    All this time when Cricinfo was publishing the All-Time XI of other teams it never occurred to me that they probably should have had a squad of 15 rather than a XI.................. but now after seeing the array of stars in West Indies cricket who can't find a place in this All-Time XI, I feel that may be a squad of 15 would have been better.

    CRICINFO , please publish an All-Time West Indian 2nd XI.......... there are simply too many great players the Windies have produced !!

  • on July 27, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    this team sucks little or no guyanese in the team!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Alex10 on July 29, 2010, 1:56 GMT

    Perhaps the following is better: Greenidge, Viv(c), Headley, Lara, Weekes/Kanhai, Sobers, Dujon, Marshall, Holding, Gibbs, Ambrose.

    1. Viv opened the innings in 2 tests with great flair ... also, if the middle order is fairly strong, why not send the best ever batsman of fast bowling as the opener? That clears the space to include either Weekes or Kanhai.

    2. Hendricks a better 'keeper than Dujon? Look up their records!

  • Blythesville on July 28, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    Here's the problem I have with this team (and the Greatest Xi) exercise - it picks the best players and NOT the best team. This is a team of quality players but no leadership. It lacks the sharp tactical minds of the like of Worrell and Lloyd.

  • Metman on July 28, 2010, 14:51 GMT

    Seeing that the jury and many others went ahead and pick their greats based on averages when they like,and favourites when they like,I will now go ahead and pick my team using the SAME CRITERIA!Greenidge,Haynes,Weekes,Nurse,Walcott,Sobers,Worrell,Marshall,Garner,Hall,Griffith.Next time cricket info should employ the services of messrs Duckworth and Lewis to come up with some system, and the ICC method using the points system.That way all the bias,insularity,and favouritism will be eliminated!

  • BRNUGGET on July 28, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    The perfect team, except for the fact Clyde Walcott should have been there for Hendricks and Andy Roberts for Curtley Ambrose. Amby is very good, but Andy was better, he bowled in an era when there were superb batsmen and lively wickets. From Gavaskar to Ian & Greg Chappell, Majid, Gower, Barry Richards, Asif Iqbal…all rated him the best. He had it all, pace, swing, cut, bouncers and slower deliveries, could extract life from any pitch.

    Imagine no place for Weekes, Lloyd, Kallicharan, Garner, Kanhai…very difficult to leave this players out. Glad that Sir Viv got all 10 jury votes and 90% of people's votes, he was the best, complete destroyer who massacred bowling attacks like no one could. He had style and was the king on the field. Surprised that Late Macko Marshall got 9 jury votes, wonder who was that who voted against. He is the best quick of all times. Missed the Windies glory of 1960s to mid 1990s.

  • Asif_Iqbal on July 28, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    Clive Lloyd is missing ? then who would be captain

  • scrunter2 on July 27, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    I cannot understand why Inshan Ali was not among the nominees.He was one of the best the world has ever seen in his art-form.Ask Boycott.

  • on July 27, 2010, 17:49 GMT

    I think this is the worst All-time XI selection so far, by cricinfo. I would like to know how Jackie Hendriks, with 47 dismissals and 2 50s, can make it to the team, at the cost of Clyde Walcott! Again, Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrel had opened on several occasions. I see no reason how Hunte and Greenidge should be preferred over them, just because they opened more regularly! And did I miss Joel Garner's name in the list or was he not selected?! I am utterly disgusted with this selection. I hope good sense prevails when the Indian XI is selected.

  • manasvi_lingam on July 27, 2010, 17:24 GMT

    An error in selecting the team with regards to Hendricks. As for the rest, good choices but arguable ones. Why didn't Weekes and Walcott with the highest avg and the back-up keeper not get selected? What of Worrell who was the greatest captain and a very good back-up bowler? I certainly believe that one of them should have been there at Lara's expanse. And as for the bowlers, I wish a 4-bowler attack was around but the 3 pacers were exactly my choice. If a 4th pacer was around, I'd have chosen between Roberts and Garner.

  • Rajesh. on July 27, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    All this time when Cricinfo was publishing the All-Time XI of other teams it never occurred to me that they probably should have had a squad of 15 rather than a XI.................. but now after seeing the array of stars in West Indies cricket who can't find a place in this All-Time XI, I feel that may be a squad of 15 would have been better.

    CRICINFO , please publish an All-Time West Indian 2nd XI.......... there are simply too many great players the Windies have produced !!

  • on July 27, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    this team sucks little or no guyanese in the team!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Victorian-Roo on July 27, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    perfect team....though a touch disappointed that the Big Bird Garner missed out but thats what happens when u have abundance of riches

  • Metman on July 27, 2010, 11:40 GMT

    @ PUSKAS ! Well done!Your analysis IS the best that I have read.No bias,no favourites,no likes/dislikes,no picking of a player just because he happens to be from your country whatsoever,just using stats of the players at the height of their careers.I dont know how you or the ICC arrive at the points,but I used a method similar to yours,but came up with Lara for Richards,and Garner for Hall.I am sure if you and the ICC had done the same for Walcott,he might have been there as a batsman also.But like you I chose him as the keeper mainly on his record as a batsman at the height of his career.

  • Meety on July 27, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    @Big Sheek - love your work. Wouldn't that be a match up. There should be a computer program made to factor all variables & with CGI recreate the All Time XI tests. Pakistan & Sth Africa would put together a pretty good team too. I think India might end up being too weak in the pace department!

  • Meety on July 27, 2010, 6:53 GMT

    What a team! I'd of had Dujon in the side because he didn't need to be good against spin! The thing is - with Marshall & Holding in the side they could make spin redundant, I'd of left Gibbs out, and brought in Roberts or Garner. As an Aussie I always watched with dread when Garner bowled. Interesting that Lloyd didn't get a nod. Where are the next breed of Calypso kings? World cricket needs you.

  • on July 27, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    i don't really think Pakistan is in a sorry state they just defeated australia.. and they have enough class to beat any team.I don't know how is windies current team similar to Pakistan.Pakistan is a team with class...and team full of youngsters who defeated team like Australia on an Alien conditions.Every youngster gets a chance to play on his home soil and get used to test cricket but Pakistani youngster never got that chance.I think if we Pakistan team a chance to play on their home soil they can beat every roockie team.Be it India England Australia South Africa!You can see what is Srilanka doing to "no. 1 Test team on their home soil" So I request cricinfo to please think before writing sensless stuff about Pakistan.Thank You

  • rocket123 on July 27, 2010, 3:45 GMT

    All I can say is that it is totally unfair to select All time XI when it comes to West Indies. The exclusion of 3Ws, Joel Garner, Andy Roberts and the great captain Llyod is beyond my comprehension. But again as I said, I get a heartache when I have to give my opinion on WI XI. You cannot exclude Rohan Kahani, Alvi Kalicharan amongst others. I am sure many will agree with me.

  • blackie on July 27, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Was just wondering (in response to richard racha/ drsuso)why insularity always has to factor in cricket discussions in the caribbean. Not everyone has to have the same opinions on every thing. I'm sure some of the older fans would 'die' to have the 3 w's, khanai, rowe and more in their team but realistically, who are you going to drop. The fact is, enough people plus the judges had the same opinions.Arent all these guys our own. Ideally we should stick together against the other fans who think that their players are better than ours in spite of our guys having superior records (wasim akram over marshall for example)

  • kantipur on July 27, 2010, 2:31 GMT

    Why did lara only get 6 votes? Brian lara holds almost all of the west Indian batting record. For me he is the best West Indian batsman ever.

  • SoftwareStar on July 27, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Really surprising that Lara got only 6 votes!!!

    Spent some time looking at the jury list trying to figure out who would have possibly omitted him. have shortlisted a few suspects.. i'm not gonna publish that list out :-)

    as a captain, i wouldnt be happy with this team (spoilt me). Why? coz it isnt the best team, but a team that is made to conform to quotas; i.e. 3 pacers and a spinner. Give me Roberts/Garner/Croft/Walsh anyday over Gibbs pls. Sobers can bowl spin, Richards can turn his arm over and the should be enough

    Also, i would have Lara coming in at no. 3 instead of 5. I'll tell him 'blaze away, if u fall, theres still Viv, Atlas and Garry to come'... then watch the fun, coz he can go blazing on and on!! (btw that's the Lara fan in me telling, i just want to see Lara bat without any pressure.. coz i have never seen it over his 16 year career)

  • SRKRISHNAN on July 27, 2010, 1:37 GMT

    No West Indies team is complete without the legent Courtney Walsh. His speed, line and length were his trade mark. He has proved himself at all the unfriendly pitches, especially in India.

  • thirdmanboundary on July 27, 2010, 1:16 GMT

    What's most impressive about this team is the list of rejected quicks: Wes Hall, Charlie Griffith, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, Joel Garner, Courtney Walsh, Ian Bishop. No other national team has a reserve roster of fierce pace like that.

  • spiper on July 27, 2010, 0:46 GMT

    The fact that Mr. Lara got only 6 votes shows a lack of integrity from the panel.

    Any WI all time XI must include Sobers, Lara and Richards all the others could be subject to change. Maybe a case could be made for the late Marshall but I would put he and Andy Roberts in a hat and pick one purely on bowling skills. Marshall being the more successful batsman however, WI win in the first world cup would not have been possible without Roberts the batsman.

    Story from 1977 - When Mr. Hasley Crawford won the Olympic gold medal in 1976 and was chosen as the Trinidad and Tobago Sportsman of the year in early 1977. He was not unanimously chosen this voting reminds me of this incident.

    Messers Becca and Beckles explain yourselves.

  • on July 27, 2010, 0:34 GMT

    what happen to haynes and clive . cmon who picked this team, the current bunch of fools.

  • GoldenAsif on July 26, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    I would have Dujon in place of Jackie Hendricks. Dujon was a great keeper and on top of that a very capable batsman. And I know George Headley averaged 60 odd in tests but he played a mere 20 odd tests. Clive Lloyd was not only a batting great (7515 runs in 110 tests @ 46.67) but he was easily THE MOST SUCCESSFUL Windies skipper winning 36 of his 74 tests as captain. So I am most astonished not to see him in the Final XI. Under him Windies were even more awesome in both tests and ODIs than the great Aussie sides from 1999 to 2007

  • cricsavvy on July 26, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    It is very very hard to pick the final XI from such a large list of great players. Who do we pick and who do we drop - it is always going to be tough. The bottom line is we miss them all. What a team they had. Every WI player created a sense of terror in the opposition team. It is hard to imagine that WI has stooped down to such a low level now. Cricket is the loser!!!

  • Metman on July 26, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    Lara,the most self centred cricketer the WI has ever produce actually got 6 votes?To be fair to the jury,I dont want to know the 4 that didnt vote for him,I only want to know the 6 that voted for him!and who was the juror that didnt vote for Marshall?bet he was one of them that voted for Lara!I am glad now that Tony Cosier wasnt on the jury,al yuh all,cant blame him now!Because the jury pick that XI,SO WHAT?The JUDGE or JUDGES can dissolve the jury if in their opinion they appear to be bias.

  • Metman on July 26, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    The BIAS and INSULARITY so evident with the WI selectors,when it comes to selecting teams, has now reach this Jury,with members using STATS when it suits them, likes, dislikes,and a desire to have one of their countrymen included at ALL costs.Cricket info should have pick a foreign jury ,as bias and insularity is RAMPANT in the WI.Any all time great XI ,in my opinion from any Country, should ALWAYS include the batsmen who can be relied on to make the most runs,whenever they go out to bat,in other words the MOST CONSISTENT of batsmen over the years.In the bowling section,it is NO USE selecting bowlers who get a batsman out every 40 or 50 balls,when you have bowlers who can do the job in 35 to 45 balls.In that regard it was only bias and insularity that the jury did not select Weekes av.58 ,ahead of Lara 52 and Richards 50,and why was Holding at 23 runs per wicket,selected ahead of Garner at 20 runs per wicket?and we dont have a BIAS jury?GIVE ME A BREAK,WILL YUH!

  • rson on July 26, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    The team is fine except for a long tail.I fdail to see though how Jackie Hendriks came into the reckoning at all.He would hardly be considered Jamaica's No.1,what with Jeff Dujon and Franz Alexander hailing from thjat country,let alone better than Walcott.The selected lineup would probably have Marshall batting ahead of Hendriks and a strong bowling attack could have been problematical.Australia,England and South Africa all have All-time XI's that bat deep and,as with Pakistan,I fear that the West Indies attack might not fare as well against them as many of us think.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 26, 2010, 22:15 GMT

    Very bad team picked. Why is not Dujon selected. He played with the WI pace quartet. There was no much better choice than dujon. Since the selection assumes the players at their peaks then Sobers's spin would be enough to dismantle the opposition and make way for Andy Roberts. Also picky Haynes would be better. Conrad Hunte was a legend but Haynes is more experienced and has played in many great fast bowlers era including Imran Khan Kapil Dev Botham Wasim Akram Denis Lilee R Hadlee

  • bigsheek on July 26, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Honestly, do people think before they respond? Do some people understand their cricket at all?

    Many have said, replace Hendricks with Dujon. Okay that makes some sense. Someone else says, put Garner in instead of Gibbs. Okay, maybe if its 1975 or 1976. But when the all-time Windies XI has to take on the all-time Aussie XI, then the Windies are leaving themselves exposed with a poorly balanced team.

    Someone else says Sobers can be the lone spinner. Yeah, that's okay except the team loses the variety of his left-arm pace, swing & seam.

    Someone else again says put Roberts in. For who - Sobers? Then someone says Hunte is a token selection opener, but his stats are better than Greenidge. And why aren't the 3 Ws there? Okay, replace them for Marshall, Ambrose & Holding!

    See where this is heading? You can only pick 11 players at any one time, & you want to make sure your team is balanced, because the other best of the best teams will be balanced, so balance is the key. And 11 players...

  • on July 26, 2010, 18:55 GMT

    Strange all time w indies 11 where is Courtney Walsh........? he is only one in w indies who knows how to ball...

  • amitava0112 on July 26, 2010, 18:39 GMT

    cud hv been a better selection...although Hunte is a great opener...Fredericks -greendge can be an ominously aggressive pair vs some great pace attacks + they are a left-right combo which will force bowlers to change their length..& we should always take the best available bowling attack in 5 day match...Garner (or possibly Roberts) along withHolding,Marshall & Ambrose wud provide added fear factor & better cuttng edge to the attack than spinner Gibbs..whom we can do away with since Sobers is already in the team & he can be a great spinning option. With 4 pacers Dujon can be the keeper + he is a better batsman than Hendricks.....rest of the selection is fine..so team could have been: Greenidge, Fredericks, Richards,Headley, Lara,Sobers,Dujon,Marshall,Holding, Ambrose & Garner(or Roberts)..

  • Jumar888 on July 26, 2010, 18:38 GMT

    How can we have an all-time great West Indian team and not include Weekes and Walcott?

  • on July 26, 2010, 18:21 GMT

    greatest team ever.........

  • daleb on July 26, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Chris Gayle is not an all-great, he is big hitter with poor footwork. He should never have been on the list for consideration.

  • adnaz on July 26, 2010, 17:56 GMT

    its amazinghow uall arrive at your decisions, no wonder west indies cricket is in turmoil, how on earth can jackie hendriks make a west indian x1 b4 jeff dujon wit over 267 catches in test cricket and an average of 31.94. its really amazing.

  • realredbaron on July 26, 2010, 17:14 GMT

    @ cricketchopper, it's not a world eleven without Lara, Greenidge, Sobers, Holding, Marshall. So when 5 of the legends from all time world XI are playing for the West Indies team, I do think West Indies all time XI can beat your rest of the world all time XI.

  • realredbaron on July 26, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    A panel of ten judges overruling the democratic decision of thousands of fans. Not fair at all! Dujon should be the keeper. Haynes must open with Greenidge.

  • realredbaron on July 26, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    I have a question. In what basis was the readers' choice changed?! Why did Hunte come in for Haynes? Why did Hendriks come in for Dujon? and the reader's choice, judging by the overwhelming majority of the comments, included four fast bowlers and no spinners. The reason why reader's eleven vote result looked like there were three fast bowlers and one spinner is because there was no option for the readers to choose four fast bowlers! If the readers were given the chance, I am pretty sure the result would be something like this:

    Readers' ACTUAL XI: Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, George Headley, Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Garry Sobers, Jeff Dujon, Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, Curtly Ambrose, Joel Garner.

  • realredbaron on July 26, 2010, 17:02 GMT

    "Garry Sobers and Brian Lara, along with Viv Richards and George Headley, make the West Indies all-time middle order look invincible"

    I think in a test eleven, Rohan Kanhai deserved a place instead of Viv Richards. Richards is an easy choice for any all time eleven but when you have Headley, Lara, Kanhai, Sobers in the middle order, it's the best ever test middle order possible.

  • WindiesWillow on July 26, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    A good reflection of the readers' choices. I still think that jeff Dujon was an immaculate keeper as well as a good batsman, and I think he should have been included in the XI. Also, why did we have to divided our bowlers into 2 categories??? Anyway...we could have a second world class XI with Haynes, Gayle, Worrell, Lloyd, Kanhai, Chanderpaul, Dujon, Hall, Garner, Roberts, Ramadhin.

  • BRNUGGET on July 26, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    Its perfect except for i would have included Andy Roberts instead of Gibbs. Sir Gary and Sir Viv would have done the spinner's job/ Andy in his prime was the best of his kind, From Gavaskar to Ian and Greg Chappell, Gower, Majid and his own mates Viv to Lloyd, Holding rated him as the best fast bowler of his time. He had everything, from pace to swing, bouncers, and cutters, perfect quick who kicked off the chain of quicks that the Windies produced in 1970s and 1980s.

    Wonder who was that 1 person who did not pick Macko Marshall, he deserves all 10 votes. But glad that Sir Viv got all 10 and was also readers fav choice. There was no one like him, destroyer who slaughtered bowling attacks like no one did. Sad, no place for Clive Lloyd, Kallicharan, Garner, Kanhai....tough choice to leave out them, but someone had to be left out.

  • daleb on July 26, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Hunte was the only true surrpise for me, the keeper was a tossup and the selectors agreeded with my thoughts on Gibbs, good job. @givemefood you must be kidding abt Benn this is the guy a few weeks ago who told his skipper he could not bowl over the wicket, the only member of the current team that even merits discussion as great is Shiv Chanderpaul the others are jokers pretending to be PROFESSIONAL international cricketers.

  • cnksnk on July 26, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    Very few can complain on this team. Having selected this team let me pick a team with the remaining. Here goes Haynes, Fredricks, Weeks, Walcot, Worrel, Kanhai, Constantine, hall,Rroberts, Grarner, Valentine

    I can wager that this may even beat the first team. Sheer talent !! PS - : No Dujon ( I would have loved him to be there but then Walcot will keep

  • manjula1119 on July 26, 2010, 15:33 GMT

    Looking at the names I wish If a team consist of 20 players.

  • manihammad on July 26, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    well composed. i m satisfied with this team. just like Pakistan XI they have done justice to this time too, plus there isnt much controversy either, we can see that readers n jury selected almost the same team and u have to admit (though i voted for Dujon) that there wouldnt be much pressure to bat well on the keeper after such a strong line up

  • usmanmansur on July 26, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    why play a spinner when sobers can easily bowl spin of any kind , roberts should be there as he is vito corleone for westindies fast bowling the godfather and marshal is michael corleone .dujon should be the keeper

  • on July 26, 2010, 14:55 GMT

    WOW!!!This a great team!!!!! But I would have chosen Jeff Dujon as wicket keeper in the WI all time Xl.Good choice of a spinner in Lance Gibbs though!!Its hard to omit players like weekes, khani, roberts, Garner etc.from the Xl.

  • cricketchopper on July 26, 2010, 14:22 GMT

    Can this team beat the rest of the world XI. Anyone to comment. Barry Richards, Sunil Gavaskar, Bradman, Graem Pollock, Greig Chappel, Gilcrist, Imran, Waseem, Shane Warne, Magrah, Denis Lillee

  • Engle on July 26, 2010, 14:20 GMT

    Excellent choices, just spot on ! This team deviated from my selection by just the wk Hendricks. There were no bone-headed selections like KP for England. The selectors were fearless in selecting a spinner, which is essential in any World XI. They also showed the ability to seek improvements by partnering Hunte with GG. My only tinge of regret, and it is ever so slight, is the omission of Worrell as captain. He would have encapsulated the embodiment of the Caribbean by exuding leadership, image, character, intellect and togetherness.....but then again, who would you have dropped for him ?

  • on July 26, 2010, 14:18 GMT

    whr is CLIVE LLOYD in tht XI????

  • givemefood on July 26, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Why wasn't Suleiman Benn not nominated in the spinner's category?

  • americanFan on July 26, 2010, 14:00 GMT

    Really shocked that Joel Garner isn't in this team. As good a bowler that Lance Gibbs was, surely the top 4 West Indies bowlers would have to be all pace? Marshall, Garner, Ambrose, Roberts.

    Not old enough to remember the 3 Ws but their records are fantastic.

  • cricketchopper on July 26, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    In all 7 All time XIs, this is one very near to choice of reader. Panel members and readers have almost same opinion. Good luck, nice work by panel.

  • on July 26, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    @ Magic torch: Haven't you seen how many times Sir Brian Charles Lara(that's my opinion) carried the West Indies team on his back alone. When you compare the greats, did they ever have to come in to bat under any real pressure? Lara on the other hand most of the times had too. If Lara were on the team from the 70's or 80's he would not have to come in to bat under any real pressure. And I guess you are not a Trinidadian and we know much of the Carribean doesn.t like us but check who is third on the list of higest run scorers in Test cricket.

  • drsuso on July 26, 2010, 13:35 GMT

    It is sorry to see that Lara got only 6 votes and Garner is not in the team!! There is something wrong with the selectors. May be some personal problems with Lara. There is always selection problem regarding Windies team. That makes the current WI team more miserable.

  • on July 26, 2010, 13:26 GMT

    What a team...... We Miss all of them I guess

  • MNIK on July 26, 2010, 13:24 GMT

    The Great WI Team, an unbeatable from 1976 to 1988s, and after the Great Clive Lloyd's teams wins the thrilling 2nd world cup held in 1979, it was the seal of them making believe then that the impossible word did not exist in WI team. What a Team it was and what a performance by Lloyd, Richards and Gordon Greenidge, icons of 1980's. Then Andy Roberts, Holding, Dujon, Malcolm....Wow. How can anyone miss the iconic Father figure, Clive LLoyd who never walked straight but never missed a catch of his hands in slip or midon. For this, the committee should make 12 member WI's Team and Clive should be the undisputable captain... Leadership counts, and I will vote that he was the best leader, even better than Gary Sobers, so you need a leader to have the team perform like Arnold Shawezneggar, the unbeatable..

  • on July 26, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    i expected clive lloyd t be there to captain

    having said that... don't they pick a captain as well?

  • 270380 on July 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Excellent team. This All time West Indies team can beat any All time team of other country. The changes I would have is to play Andy Roberts instead of C. Ambrose and J. Dujon instead of J. Hendricks. It is a pity that none of the three W's could not find a place in this XI. If a second West Indies XI is selected all three would be in it and Frank Worrel leading them would have given a good fight the first XI.

  • george204 on July 26, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    I'm interested to know which of the panel DIDN'T pick Malcolm Marshall? & who that got that person's votes instead? Some debate about the rest of the lineup I can almost understand, but I'd have expected Marshall to be as much of a unanimous pick as Sobers, Richards or Headley...

  • Headbandenator on July 26, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    Posted by Foxswoop on (July 26 2010, 08:43 AM GMT) What a team!!!!!!!!!! Their 2nd eleven would also be pretty handy.

    Best comment made so far.

  • on July 26, 2010, 12:42 GMT

    I would still go with my XI:

    Headley Worrell * Richards Lara Weekes Walcott + Sobers Constantine Marshall Ambrose Gibbs

    But both sides selected are strong... but I think mine is a bit more representative of the strength of the West Indies over their history not just their supremacy during the Eighties...

  • XX-warrior-XX on July 26, 2010, 12:23 GMT

    Great team!! Words can only touch the surface in an attempt to describe the class of players named. But how on earth does Gayle get into that squad? Its like that old sesame street song : "ONE OF THESE THINGS JUST DOES'NT BELONG HERE"

    His average is about 40, the minimum required for an opener. But unlike the players of the past, Gayle has scored many runs asgainst lesser opposition.And many runs have come on lifeless wickets. In fact how often has Gayle delivered when really needed? The bowlers of today are also of a lesser class generally than in the past. Gayle would have failed miserably if he had to face up to the likes of; Hadlee, Lilee, Thompson, Dev, Imran, Botham...etc, his average at best would've been low 20's i reckon. He's not worthy of a place among these men.

  • on July 26, 2010, 12:20 GMT

    This is a good 11, would have liked to see Andy Roberts amongst the bowlers, and Jeff Dujon behind the stumps. This is to the guy who called Lara's selection an incorrect choice; seriously dude, don't hate on Lara because he was the only member of an entire team who actually performed when the rest of the batsmen did nothing to speak of. look at today's squad,with the exception of Chanders, nobody else performs consistently with the bat. Even Gayle doesn't perform and he is the captain, so please give Lara a break. He deserves to be there.

  • Zahidsaltin on July 26, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Readers XI is a much better choice but Joel Garner is a must. I won't have gibbs in the team when I have sobbers for spin. I will rather take Joel instead of Gibbs

  • vaks on July 26, 2010, 11:57 GMT

    there's no need of lance gibbs...bring joel garner in place....any way great team....lloyd should have been in side as captain.....

  • on July 26, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Great team...although it is a pity that none of thw three W's could make it, nor Garner and Roberts. Lara remains the best across all generations besides Don Bradman.

  • The_Maxophone on July 26, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    I think this team is weakened by the too rigid formula of team selection. Imagine the sighs of relief in opposition camps when Gibbs' name was read out instead of Garner. For me Garner would be second man picked, just after Sobers was picked as No 6 batsmen and spinner. Like some others have said maybe picking 1 opener and pushing someone up (Richards for me) gives a stronger batting lineup.

  • bigsheek on July 26, 2010, 11:17 GMT

    5. Hendricks might be the best-ever keeper, but his batting leaves the Windies with a long tail. Remember, this is the best versus the best. Better to replace with Dujon.

    6. Otherwise, it is difficult to argue with this team. But did the selection panel, as well as readers, appreciate that this is an exercise of the best against the best from other countries?

    For those arguing the Windies all-time XI would beat an Aussie all-time XI, have you bothered to consider an Aussie lineup? Hardly a shrinking violet opposition.

    Openers - Trumper, Morris, Ponsford, Hayden, Simpson, Lawry, Woodfull.

    Middlers - Bradman, G.Chappell, Ponting, Harvey, S.Waugh, Border.

    Batting all-rounder - Miller.

    Keeper-batsman - Gilchrist.

    Spinners - Warne, O'Reilly.

    Pacemaen - Lillee, Lindwall, McGrath, Davidson.

    Pick any XI from that lot, & I reckon they would beat the all-time Windies XI 3-2 in a mythical series on a valhalla pitch somewhere.....

  • bigsheek on July 26, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    I have some strong opinions about the Windies all-time XI that I would like to share with you.

    1. Remember, this is all-time Windies XI would have to play the all time best XIs of other cricketing nations in some mythical valhalla.

    2. Therefore, balance is absolutely essentially. The Windies might have got away with a 4 pronged pace attack against the sides they played in the 70s through 90s. but they won't get away with it, playing the best of the best from other countries.

    3. So balance is essential. 2 openers, 3 middlers, one batting allrounder (provides 5th bowler), one keeper-batsman, 3 paceman, one spinner.

    4. With the Windies I would select them almost like the English select theirs - captain first. Although in this case, Worrell (the most revered leader in Windies history) is the man after Sobers to be picked. The Windies region, with its diversification, requires strong leaders.

    More to come.....

  • on July 26, 2010, 11:06 GMT

    It's good to know,but does it really matter what XI we pick?we're always going to leave out five,the team was that good. It's sad they didn't leave some of the players for our time,this way we'll still have a good team.

  • on July 26, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Seriously someone DIDN'T pick Marshall?

  • on July 26, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    Courtney Walsh !!!

    No doubt he was good but over Curtly Ambrose or Joel Garner. I think some people don't know cricket.

  • on July 26, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Andy Roberts should be in. Sunil Gavaskar rated him the best pace bowler he had ever faced in Test Cricket.

  • on July 26, 2010, 10:48 GMT

    an ebarssment of riches. i would replace hendiks with dujon and gibbs with andy roberts...

  • KiwiRocker- on July 26, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    It does not matter who picks the West Indies All time XI or what XI. There is always one constant. The King!---Sir Viv Richards. Cricket has never been the same since King left the field. Sir Viv Richards will make into any world XI. There is no rival to King in modern day cricket. Tendulkar is not even as good as Lara.! Comparing below par dust bowl bullies like Sehwag to King is an insult to the King....!Personally I would have also liked to see Andy Robers in the XI as he was probably the most lethal out of the bunch in his era! However obviously with so many greats someone had to miss out!

  • puskas on July 26, 2010, 10:42 GMT

    Just to compare, I used the same team selection format with the ICC's "best-ever" ranking (supposedly representing each player at the height of their powers) as my selection criterion. That would move the clock back - less 80's, more W's! Admittedly I cheated with Walcott as WK for his batting because there is no WK ranking on ICC, but not a bad comparator side: Hunte 823 Greenidge 844 Weekes 927 Headley 915 Richards 938 Walcott 938 Sobers 938 (batting), 715 (bowling) Marshall 910 Hall 898 Ambrose 912 Gibbs 897

    Reserves Lara (911), Garner (890)

  • TheExpat on July 26, 2010, 10:33 GMT

    Hendriks as keeper seems a little obscure, with Dujon and Murray available, but I am not an expert on keepers so I have to trust the panel on that one. The omission of Worrell is inexcusable - outstanding batting stylist (opening or in the middle order), useful bowler, and the captain who defined the West Indies. Personally, I would have Worrell opening - people forget that he averaged nearly 50 as an opener, and once carried his bat for 191. His style would be the perfect counterpart to Greenidge's scything blade, and this would leave space for all those legendary WI middle-order bats. Harsh on Haynes and Hunte, I know, but Worrell's total contribution to the team would be greater than either.

  • Somerset-Richard on July 26, 2010, 10:22 GMT

    Interesting to note that we're back where we started i.e. no-one can really agree 100% with the team selected! It's a great and fascinating subject though, and even giving consideration to an all-time West Indies XI brings back so many happy memories.

  • lsd123 on July 26, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Great selection expect Jeff Dujon for wicket keeper position. But I prefer Garner instead of Holding. No team can match this XI.

  • farazzubair on July 26, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    This team is certainly no chewing gum! However, what surprises me is the simple fact that Cric info goes to the extent of pushing some,unnecessary parameters.Every team needs to play at its full strength,if the readers' opinion is not to be counted at all, why play it in! I mean why does WI even need to play a spinner when its pace quartet could destroy any opponent on its own.Case in question, Wi were thrashed by Aus in 1975-76 5-1 when they had Gibbs around and only two of the pace quartet Roberts and Holding ( who made a debut in that series) but thrashed Aus in 1981-82 and 82-83 purely because of the superior bowling attack.Similarly,when players like Walcott,Richards and Lara proved their mantle as openers why cant we move one of them as an opener to make space for the 3 W's.Walcott could serve as a keeper giving you one more option.My pick would be,1.Greenidge 2.lara 3.Headley 4.Richards 5.Weekes 6.Sobers 7.Walcott 8.Marshall 9.Holding 10.Roberts 11.Garner.This would b invincible

  • on July 26, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    Understandable though, given the great fast bowling greats from the side of all time, with the likes of Joel Garner, Collin Croft, Andy Roberts and Charlie Griffinths.. My personal view is to include Joel Garner and Andy Roberts. Don't personally think Lara should be there, purely because of his desire to play for himself and not for the team..

  • Antir on July 26, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    It is sad to see that Sir Frank Worrell not in the team the more i have thought about it the more he would have been my first pick. In these XI's there should really be captain as a choice. If you have to have a spinner i think it is even more important to have the right captain to lead the team. And the West Indies team does not need a specialist spinner. The setup seems to be a little inflexible. Glad to see Hendriks make the team.

  • ramireddy56 on July 26, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    where is CARL HOOPER???????????

  • srini1088 on July 26, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    i would have loved to see chandrapaul in the list bcos he s one man who s a lone star in an otherwise dim west indies battin line up...so he has made runs under extreme pressure all alone wheras the likes ofgreenidge and richards had the luxuary of that fantastic bowlin line up....

  • on July 26, 2010, 9:06 GMT

    What about the captain? There's no mention of who would be captain.

  • mishraarpit01 on July 26, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    where the hell is joel garner in the xi.

  • Foxswoop on July 26, 2010, 8:43 GMT

    What a team!!!!!!!!!! Their 2nd eleven would also be pretty handy.

  • Godfather007 on July 26, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Excellent team but feel sorry for Everton Weekes,Desmond Haynes,Clde Walcott & Andy Roberts.If we exclude the selected players from the nominees we can still form a" near invincible" team. 1.Desmond Haynes 2.Chris Gayle 3.Everton Weekes 4.Frank Worrel 5.Clive Lloyd 6.Rohan Kanhai 7. Clyde Walcott 8.Andy Roberts 9.Colin Croft 10.Joel Garner 11.Courtney Walsh 12th man:Learie Constantine

  • on July 26, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    leaving out sulimenn benn and edwards handy modern windies players to be honest

  • magic_torch_jamie on July 26, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    The inclusion of Lara is incorrect. He achieved what he did at the expense of the team and was the antithesis of a team man. He would soon alienate his colleagues even in a successful side. Worrell is, for that reason, the man to come in. His captaincy would make everyone in this side play to the top of their abilities. Very impressed at the choice of Hendriks.

  • muski on July 26, 2010, 8:02 GMT

    I too feel that such lists dont serve any purpose- you cant compare giants of different generation. Though I belong to the generation which watched cricket from the late seventies, there is no denying the fact that Everton Weeks was a prolific batsman-I think his record of some five centuries in a row or something still holds. This will also send a signal that someone like Ambrose was better than Roberts. Most cricket lovers or batsmen who faced both of them, will beg to differ. The jury too doesn't enthuse anybody with their credentials. Was Jimmy Adams a keeper?

  • L4zybugg3r on July 26, 2010, 7:57 GMT

    Pretty good teams really, but I prefer the readers choice. The only change I'd make would be to put Andy Roberts instead of Lance Gibbs, that pace lineup doesn't really need a spinner.

    @AvmanM - out of the current players the only one who could be considered is Chanderpaul and he was nominated. Sarwan and Gayle really haven't done enough to be considered for this test team XI. I do agree with you about more recent players having a better chance of making the list though, but that's mostly to do with the age of viewers, I mean if you weren't alive to see certain players play it's difficult to say how good they are.

  • undertakerjohncena on July 26, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    I was not happy vth the way all time 11 had missed Courtney Walsh...all time legend bowler for WI...could have replaced vth any other bowler

  • c.anoop on July 26, 2010, 7:34 GMT

    Missing Everton Weekes in that middle order, but you can't do anything when you have Viv Richards, Brian Lara, George Headley, Garry Sobers in the middle order. Great Team!!!

  • sachin150 on July 26, 2010, 7:20 GMT

    Though this might have been the best team under this format, but certainly not the best XI

    My team : 1) Gordon Greenidge 2)ED Weekes 3)George Headley 4)Vivian Richards, 5)Brian Lara 6)Garry Sobers 7)Clyde Walcott(wk) 8)Malcolm Marshall 9) Michael Holding, 10) Curtly Ambrose 11) Joel Garner

    Picking an ordinary opener just to fill the slot, a spinner in WI team and a wk who cant bat is useless IMO, this team is way better

  • on July 26, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    May I suggest something. At the end of all the countries All time XIs, please print a list of the XIs picked by readers side by side urs, in the same glamorous way u r printing the jury pick.

  • Navin84 on July 26, 2010, 7:03 GMT

    Great XI, but the WI had so may greats to chose from, they could have made 2 all time XI.

  • Rajesh. on July 26, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Can't really complain much about the composition of this All-Time West Indies XI........ It seems almost the best combination though many would have preferred Desmond Haynes as Gordon's opening partner because of the chemistry between them. As for me the one change I would have preferred is Jeffrey Dujon as the wicket-keeper, one of the reasons being that the bowlers chosen are mostly from his time...... Andy Roberts was unlucky to miss out too !! Other than these three it's as good as you can get. What a team this would have been !!

  • on July 26, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    Can I be the first to say 'whoa!'? Whoa. Awesome team. Awesome.

  • Test-Cricket on July 26, 2010, 6:08 GMT

    i would have had andy roberts for sure instead of lance gibbs...

  • japper on July 26, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    A phenomenal team with outstanding talents..don't think any team can beat this one

  • howizzat on July 26, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    My XI would be in the batting order, 1.GREENIDGE, 2.HAYNES, 3.LARA 4.V RICHARDS, 5.C LLOYD(captain), 6.SOBERS 7.DUJON, 8.MARSHALL, 9.HOLDING, 10.AMBROSE, 11.WALSH. WI have ruled the roost with 4-strong pace attack. Hence spinner is not neccessary. Sobers and Richards can handle the spin department. My 12th man is Kanhai who narrowly missed out to Lara.

  • binkaf on July 26, 2010, 5:25 GMT

    It was quite obvious that this sort of team would come out as Cricinfo WI XI, as speaking one's heart there are no players except the likes of S. Chanderpaul & C. Gayle, who can make it to any time big XI. Well done cricinfo for accomplishing perhaps the toughest of tasks so far of picking best XI of WI as it is really really demanding act to pick up just XI from massive pool of extremely talented cricketers the world has ever seen. My full agreement with it, though some names from middle order and fast bowlers nominees should get an honorable mention: Weeks, Walcott, Worrell, Kanhai, Ambrose, Croft, Garner to name a few!

  • AvmanM on July 26, 2010, 5:22 GMT

    Another pointless exercise. Such lists suffer from both recentism (e.g. the preponderance of players from the 80s as opposed to the 60s and earlier), as well as past players acquiring an aura of mythology (hence, no current players). The same exercise repeated 25 years from now will probably include Chanderpaul and maybe Sarwan and Gayle, while a Pakistan XI will certainly include Mohd Yousuf and maybe Younis Khan. The initial list of nominees is too limited (shouldn't Gerry Alexander have been a nominee for wicketkeeper?), and the "need" to have a spinner was silly given that Windies have produced many pacers who were far more fearsome to opposition batsmen than spinners like Gibbs, Valentine and Ramadhin. Also, does someone like Ian Bishop, who had an injury-ravaged decade of cricket, really merit consideration? The list raises more questions than it answers.

  • landl47 on July 26, 2010, 5:17 GMT

    Tough to argue with those elevens, though personally I prefer the readers XI to that of the panel. I would also be inclined to choose Frank Worrell over Brian Lara, because although Lara was the more prolific batsman, Worrell was among the best captains I have ever seen. Still, with a side like that, you'd hardly need a captain!

  • _NEUTRAL_Fan_ on July 26, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    Yup, clear indication why commentators say W.I. was every1's 2nd favorite team. Yea...I do think Sobers could have taken the spin place instead of Gibbs, due to the fact that a front line spinner just wasn't necessary in the all-time XI. Now before persons argue about Viv's avg. being a flat 50 (as there always were some), his S.R. : avg. ratio was monstrous and far better than any1 in his era, so, such a fast scorer is great to have in an XI. They once asked Holding about Viv Richards and I roughly quote.."People ask me why Viv Richards didn't score even more runs and I answered because it just wasn't necessary...Viv was an entertainer, he was there to entertain."-Michael Holding. I will also defend the keeping position to an extent, I guess a better glove-man who could stick around would have been of more use in this XI, although I myself would have chosen Dujon...oh well.

  • on July 26, 2010, 4:56 GMT

    While discussing the XI with my friend, I told him that Ambrose and Marshall cannot be dropped. Gibbs won't be dropped either and with a multi-role bowler like Sobers, all debate will be about the third fast bowler who is likely to be Holding.

    Similarly Richards, Lara, Headley and Greenidge were obvious choices. These four plus plus the four bowlers and Sobers form nine of the players. One would be tempted to go with Haynes but Hunte had a decidedly better record.

    I would have gone with Dujon as the keeper because I saw him a lot but again, he didn't keep to the spinners much.

    As an afterthought, I am still wondering why Ridley Jacobs was not considered as one of the wicketkeepers.

    Not much to argue over here.

  • Ooops on July 26, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Never saw a wicket keeping abilities like Dujon in any of the WI wicket keepers, he should have been there,Felt sorry for Haynes,Walsh & Roberts

  • Ooops on July 26, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Never saw a wicket keeping abilities like Dujon in any of the WI wicket keepers, he should have been there,Felt sorry for Haynes,Walsh & Roberts

  • on July 26, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    No Clive Lloyd? As Captain alone, he should have made the team.

  • le_stephenois on July 26, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    I am a great admirer of Lara but he doesn't deserve that spot over the immaculate Everton Weekes

  • on July 26, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Lara only got 6 votes??? what is up with the selection panel, is this personal?

  • on July 26, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    I would pick khanhi to open because he was usualy at the wicket before the w.i got20runs and he could bat better than greenidge any day.I would also pick Croft,because he was a most difficul bowler to face,if he had as many test as the others,he would have more wickets per test than all the others.My team would be Hunte, khanhi ,Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers ,Hendricks ,Marshall,Holding,Roberts,and Croft.

  • krrish001 on July 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Where is Clive Lloyd? Who will captain this team? I cannot believe that you didn't pick one of the greatest captain in this team. What about Desmond Haynes and Dujon? Lance Gibbs maybe a great spinner, but Garner, Walsh, Roberts, Croft etc are all more effective than him. When you have Sobers in the team you don't need to have another spin/swing bowler, he can do it all.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Its a invincible team but still i m not satisfied by it. Jeff Dujon should have been a wicket keeper not because he was a better batsman but a great wicket-keeper. Andy Roberts should have been selected ahead of Lance Gibbs. Since the players are at their peak then Gary Sobers spin would be enough to trouble batsman. Conrad Hunte was a great batsman but Desmond Haynes was better. With these three the team would be better

  • nataraajds on July 26, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    it is suprising to see Lloyd did not find a place. he is one of the greatest caption lead WI for worldcup victory twice & he is very elegent left hander seen in WI.

  • convertorboy on July 26, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Can't argue about either team. Excellent choices.

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  • convertorboy on July 26, 2010, 3:32 GMT

    Can't argue about either team. Excellent choices.

  • nataraajds on July 26, 2010, 3:43 GMT

    it is suprising to see Lloyd did not find a place. he is one of the greatest caption lead WI for worldcup victory twice & he is very elegent left hander seen in WI.

  • usman_nile1994 on July 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Its a invincible team but still i m not satisfied by it. Jeff Dujon should have been a wicket keeper not because he was a better batsman but a great wicket-keeper. Andy Roberts should have been selected ahead of Lance Gibbs. Since the players are at their peak then Gary Sobers spin would be enough to trouble batsman. Conrad Hunte was a great batsman but Desmond Haynes was better. With these three the team would be better

  • krrish001 on July 26, 2010, 3:54 GMT

    Where is Clive Lloyd? Who will captain this team? I cannot believe that you didn't pick one of the greatest captain in this team. What about Desmond Haynes and Dujon? Lance Gibbs maybe a great spinner, but Garner, Walsh, Roberts, Croft etc are all more effective than him. When you have Sobers in the team you don't need to have another spin/swing bowler, he can do it all.

  • on July 26, 2010, 3:56 GMT

    I would pick khanhi to open because he was usualy at the wicket before the w.i got20runs and he could bat better than greenidge any day.I would also pick Croft,because he was a most difficul bowler to face,if he had as many test as the others,he would have more wickets per test than all the others.My team would be Hunte, khanhi ,Headley, Lara, Richards, Sobers ,Hendricks ,Marshall,Holding,Roberts,and Croft.

  • on July 26, 2010, 4:17 GMT

    Lara only got 6 votes??? what is up with the selection panel, is this personal?

  • le_stephenois on July 26, 2010, 4:26 GMT

    I am a great admirer of Lara but he doesn't deserve that spot over the immaculate Everton Weekes

  • on July 26, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    No Clive Lloyd? As Captain alone, he should have made the team.

  • Ooops on July 26, 2010, 4:50 GMT

    Never saw a wicket keeping abilities like Dujon in any of the WI wicket keepers, he should have been there,Felt sorry for Haynes,Walsh & Roberts

  • Ooops on July 26, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    Never saw a wicket keeping abilities like Dujon in any of the WI wicket keepers, he should have been there,Felt sorry for Haynes,Walsh & Roberts