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Top 50 Greatest Cricketers

In April 2014 Martin Crowe named his top-ranked 50 players of all time. How many can you name?
Players were most active in the date periods given, and may have played some games outside these periods
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Last updated: August 8, 2021
First submittedNovember 21, 2014
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1877-1900
WG Grace
 
1900-1930
Sydney Barnes
Jack Hobbs
Herbert Sutcliffe
Victor Trumper
 
1930-1950
Alec Bedser
Don Bradman
Clarrie Grimmett
Wally Hammond
George Headley
Len Hutton
Bill O'Reilly
1950-1970
Denis Compton
Godfrey Evans
Jim Laker
Keith Miller
Graeme Pollock
Garry Sobers
Fred Trueman
Clyde Walcott
Everton Weekes
Frank Worrell
1970-1990
Allan Border
Ian Botham
Greg Chappell
Kapil Dev
Sunil Gavaskar
Richard Hadlee
Michael Holding
Imran Khan
Alan Knott
Dennis Lillee
Malcolm Marshall
Javed Miandad
Barry Richards
Viv Richards
1990-2014
Wasim Akram
Curtly Ambrose
Allan Donald
Rahul Dravid
Adam Gilchrist
Jacques Kallis
Anil Kumble
Brian Lara
Glenn McGrath
Muttiah Muralitharan
Ricky Ponting
Sachin Tendulkar
Shane Warne
Waqar Younis
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Level 63
Dec 2, 2014
Nice quiz. I thought I wrote 'Weekes' and 'Worrell' correctly but they weren't accepted. (Might have spelled them wrong though.) Crowe obviously didn't rate Clive Lloyd!
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Level 75
Dec 2, 2014
Weekes and Worrell work now. You had spelt them correctly; the mistake was at our end - apologies. We thought about Lloyd too - but who would you drop to make way for him?
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Level 63
Jul 20, 2016
Inspired to play this (my favourite of your cricket quizzes) again by the appearance of cricket on the front page. And I still have a blind-spot for pre-1950 players...
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Level 37
Aug 29, 2015
Is it possible to accept Tiger O'Reilly for Bill O'Reilly?
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Level 75
Aug 29, 2015
OK, Tiger O'Reilly works now. Until now, I'd always thought that Woods was the only Tiger.
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Level 77
Nov 5, 2015
Very good quiz. Many thanks.
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Level 55
Aug 21, 2018
For his captaincy that destroyed a stronger Australian side I'd put Jardine and his bowler Larwood in. His Bodyline tactics was genius and changed cricket forever. It left Australia still sulking even to this day.
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Level 75
Aug 21, 2018
But does just a single series a great cricketer make? Everyone else here made the list on the back of a solid career over many series.