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Dispatch: 23 January 2017
Top 100 Cricketers of All Time/Martin-Jenkins/Paper/1906850100/S025-B
A fully revised and updated paperback edition of 2009's hardback bestseller, taking into account the past year's brilliant cricketing action, including the Ashes.
With every cricket season that passes the roll-call of great players gets longer. Batsmen, bowlers, fielders, wicket-keepers, captains, characters. Every year more international cricket is played by more countries, making the task of ranking the best of them harder than it has ever been. And how do you compare a dazzling Twenty20 specialist of the modern era with a champion of the age before Test cricket officially started in 1877?
Some years after the last of his highly regarded books was published, Christopher Martin-Jenkins has accepted the challenge of selecting the 100 best players of all time, one that he has called 'impossible but irresistible'. Placing them in order of precedence, he has analysed each of them, assessing their characters, the cricketing elements that made them so outstanding and the special qualities that made them pre-eminent in their time.
Whether heroes of the contemporary game such as Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Kevin Pietersen, Brett Lee, Muttiah Muralitharan and Jacques Kallis will make a list that includes immortal cricketers such as W.G. Grace, Don Bradman and Gary Sobers,is as fascinating as where they are rated in the pantheon. Having written and commentated on international cricket for 40 years, Martin-Jenkins is almost uniquely qualified to act as judge and jury.
The list includes a large number of Australian and New Zealanders both past and present - Warwick Armstrong, Don Bradman, Allan Border, Greg Chappell, Martin Donnelly, Adam Gilchrist, Jack Gregory, Richard Hadlee, Ian Healy, Dennis Lillee, Ray Lindwall, Keith Miller, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Steve Waugh.