Who are the ten best cricketers of all time?

Christopher Martin-Jenkins recently accepted the thankless (but no doubt rewarding) commission to pick “the top 100 cricketers of all time”). Although he admits “The selection will inevitably offend some”, he has a pretty good stab at things, and if you want to buy the resulting book, it’s £8.99 at Amazon (or it was when I last looked).

Anyway, as a little quiz, here are his choices from 11 to 90, grouped in country/alphabetical order. Your challenge is to see how many of the top ten you can get. Bonus points for getting them in order!

AUSTRALIA
Warwick Armstrong (68)
Richie Benaud (41)
Allan Border (55)
Greg Chappell (38)
Jack Gregory (71)
Clarrie Grimmett (54)
Neil Harvey (87)
Ian Healy (91)
Dennis Lillee (19)
Ray Lindwall (31)
Charlie Macartney (100)
Stan McCabe (65)
Glenn McGrath (12)
Keith Miller (16)
Bill O’Reilly (23)
Bill Ponsford (81)
Ricky Ponting (47)
F.R. Spofforth (27)
Victor Trumper (30)
C.T.B. Turner (95)
Steve Waugh (63)

ENGLAND
Les Ames (64)
Ken Barrington (46)
Alec Bedser (29)
Ian Botham (18)
Geoffrey Boycott (53)
Denis Compton (21)
Colin Cowdrey (78)
Ted Dexter (75)
Andrew Flintoff (82)
C.B. Fry (80)
Graham Gooch (44)
David Gower (70)
Len Hutton (17)
Gilbert Jessop (84)
Alan Knott (69)
Jim Laker (33)
Harold Larwood (49)
George Lohmann (50)
Peter May (42)
Kevin Pietersen (60)
K.S. Ranjitsinhji (35)
Wilfred Rhodes (15)
Arthur Shrewsbury (61)
John Snow (66)
Brian Statham (89)
Herbert Sutcliffe (43)
Maurice Tate (77)
Fred Trueman (22)
Hedley Verity (59)
Frank Woolley (40)

INDIA
Bishan Bedi (62)
Bhagwat Chandrasekhar (94)
Kapil Dev (48)
Rahul Dravid (74)
Sunil Gavaskar (26)
Vinoo Mankad (99)
Vijay Merchant (96)

NEW ZEALAND
Martin Donnelly (73)
Richard Hadlee (25)

PAKISTAN
Zaheer Abbas (86)
Wasim Akram (34)
Imran Khan (14)
Javed Miandad (57)
Abdul Qadir (88)
Waqar Younis (36)

SOUTH AFRICA
Allan Donald (83)
Jacques Kallis (52)
Graeme Pollock (37)
Shaun Pollock (97)
Barry Richards (28)
Graeme Smith (93)

SRI LANKA
Sanath Jayasuriya (67)
Mahela Jayawardena (79)
Muttiah Muralitharan (13)
Kumar Sangakkara (58)

WEST INDIES
Curtly Ambrose (51)
Learie Constantine (56)
Lance Gibbs (90)
Gordon Greenidge (98)
George Headley (20)
Michael Holding (85)
Brian Lara (24)
Clive Lloyd (72)
Malcolm Marshall (11)
Clyde Walcott (45)
Courtney Walsh (92)
Everton Weekes (32)
Frank Worrell (39)

ZIMBABWE
Andy Flower (76)

Oooh, sorry, I nearly forgot. The answers are here. But no peeking before you’ve had a go! Me? I eventually got 7 of them, went “D’oh! How did I forget him?” for two others, and would not have guessed the tenth. There’s a review of the book here but don’t look before you’ve guessed your top 10, because it gives the game away, naturally.