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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?

FEBRUARY 2024 UPDATE: Please email your nominations for the top 10 players since 2015 to us at jhall@legalsearch.nz and we'll expand this quiz accordingly.
Players were most active in the date periods given, and may have played some games outside these periods
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Last updated: January 31, 2024
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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
14 Comments
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Level 76
Jan 30, 2024
I'm taking nominations for the 10 best cricketers active from 2015. Martin Crowe can't update this list - he died in 2016 - so let's see how well we can channel him! Please email your nominations to me at jhall@legalsearch.nz and I'll expand the quiz to 60 players based on your votes.
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Level 64
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 76
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 64
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 71
Feb 14, 2023
Bedser and Evans aren't in this company. Lindwall was far superior to Bedser in that era, and Evans was the first to admit he wasn't up to Knott's standard.
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Level 36
Aug 29, 2015
Is it possible to accept Tiger O'Reilly for Bill O'Reilly?
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Level 76
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 79
Nov 5, 2015
Very good quiz. Many thanks.
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Level 57
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 76
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.
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Level 71
Feb 14, 2023
This is a troll of course. I actually thought Larwood a show but yes one series isn't enough. And Jardine was a pathetic cricketer and a worse human being.
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Level 58
Dec 27, 2022
Could you update this?
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Level 71
Feb 14, 2023
Sadly Martin Crowe is no longer with us - so we can't.
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Level 57
Apr 9, 2024
2015 onward nominees - Virat Kohli, Joe Root, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, James Anderson, and Kumar Sangakkara.