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1. "He was a bowler, one felt, by metier, as some are locksmiths or boot-makers or violinists." - Alan Ross. Unique in every sense, he was England's leading bowler during his time. A career spanning 9 years, he would have made debut much earlier had it not been for the Second World War. During the war, he and his brother served in the RAF. He was knighted in 1996 for his services.
2. Hailing from India, he was rated by Wisden as the second one-day batsman ever and the second best test batsman ever. His records are phenomenal; in tests he has more centuries than Sir Don. He made his debut at the age of 16 against Pakistan in Pakistan. Well, one doesn't need any more clues to guess this player.
3. "Wisden Cricketer of the Year" in 1949, he was less stylish than the other batsmen during his time. However, the greatest batsman of all time saw in him a remarkable talent to the extent that he chose him to open in his dream team. Hailing from Australia, he played his first match against England at Brisbane (1st test) in 1946.
4. His test average was second only to Don Bradman, he lost out due to the Apartheid policy of the South African government. He played in only 4 tests - all against Australia. In those four tests, he had 2 centuries and 2 half centuries. He opened with another great batsman Gordon Greenidge for Hampshire at a time. Queensland also owes him one!
5. A great wrist spinner, Bradman preferred him over present greats like Warne etc. He was the fastest to 200 wickets and had the same fate as most Australian cricketers - dropped (on account of age) even though he was doing exceptionally well.
6. Everyone's favourite trivia question - Which batsman is notorious for batting with an aluminum bat? Well, he wasn't a batsman exactly, the English batsmen will vouch for that. An impressive career, he was also named in Australia's test team of the century!
7. God gave him an extra-finger on each hand (removed at birth). Maybe a sign of things to come! Excelled in all departments of the game - he was a team by himself. Considered the greatest all-rounder of all time, he shares the record of hitting 6 sixes in an over (first - class match). Who is he?
8. He started off as a batsman, soon turned into a fearsome fast bowler. A test career that lasted 13 years, he was, at worst, an excellent bowler. 228 wickets from 61 test matches and 2 test centuries is no mean feat for a player selected to bat after the wicketkeeper (or at the start of the tail!). If you need any more clues, he is an Aussie...
9. The wicketkeeper in Bradman's XI. He represented Queensland and Australia.
10. One more Leg-spinner, he took 144 wickets in 27 tests for Australia. After his retirement, he became a cricket correspondent (he worked with Sydney Morning Herald). He was chosen in the Australian test team of the century and was one of the first to be inducted into the Australian Cricket Hall of Fame.
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