No Sachin, Bradman in Dickie Bird's Best Test XI

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Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013, 17:40 [IST]
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No Sachin, Bradman in Bird's Best XI

London, Apr 18: Don Bradman, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Brian Lara could not find a place in former international umpire Dickie Bird's Greatest Test XI. However, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is included.

England's Bird, who stood in 66 Tests and also did duty in three World Cup finals, revealed his Greatest Test XI in an interview to "The Telegraph" newspaper on Wednesday, on the eve of his 80th birthday.

Bird's all-time XI has Pakistan's Imran Khan as captain while England's Allan Knot is the wicketkeeper.

On Gavaskar, Bird said: "Sunil was one of the two best opening bats I saw."

Bird felt South Africa's Barry Richards "would have broken all the records, but for apartheid." Barry is the other opener with Gavaskar.

On picking Imran Khan as skipper, Bird said: "My captain. His knowledge was outstanding."

The former umpire described Dennis Lillee as "the finest fast bowler who ever lived." Shane Warne for him was "a great legspinner."

Bird's Greatest Test XI

1. Sunil Gavaskar (India)

2. Barry Richards (South Africa)

3. Vivian Richards (West Indies)

4. Greg Chappell (Australia)

5. Garfield Sobers (West Indies)

6 Graeme Pollock (South Africa)

7 Allan Knott (wicketkeeper, England)

8. Imran Khan (captain, Pakistan)

9. Dennis Lillee (Australia)

10. Shane Warne (Australia)

11. Lance Gibbs (West Indies)


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