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No #22, that's baseball.
84. KEW Despite the controversies, I agree that here was a captain who wasn't simply 'next in line' or 'cap fits' but a true leader who dragged a nation into world cricket and had to kick and scream to do so. He did protect his players and forged a team ethic that was difficult to defeat as Sri Lanka fought against prejudice at the top table. IMHO.
Imran Khan not in the list???? He was also a great test captain.
Of all the Captains, I would go for Scarlet; indestructible and far superior to Kirk, America or Pugwash; perhaps only Cook pushes him close
reading all these comments i believe that clive lloyd was the best captain simply because of the stars that he had in his side and getting them to be a team. just look at the names he had greenidge, haynes, richards, himself plus marshall, garner, holding, croft, all big personalities for me he is the greatest captain i have seen play.
Benauld is a wise man. In all theatres of life, we should never underestimate the roll of luck.
I often think if Viv Richards was born in 1992 and not 1952 how he would have been the greatest 20/20 player ever.On the other hand,due to the money he would have played less or even no test cricket.Sorry to hear his statue was vandalised in Antigua recently,there's probably a correlation with where cricket stands with the youth of that country in comparison to the great West Indies of old.
@62 malmcleod1408That's a fair point. Although in some respects having an excellent team behind you makes things easier it generally also means as captain you can't afford to take too many risks as people will pin any failure on his decisions. So although I don't admire it I understand why Cook has to be cautious.
Clive Lloyd didn't really need a lot of nouse to bowl 4 pace bowlers all day, did he? The WI were a fabulous side, but with the sheer talent available at that time, anyone could have led them.
Oops, there is an omission in what I just said. Illingworth was the first England captain since Jardine in 1933 (Bodyline Series) to regain the Ashes in Australia.
England cataincy! And nobody has yet mentioned Ray Illingworth. Examine his record and see how many matches he plucked from the jaws of defeat with few runs to play with; not least Sydney in Feb 1971, where he became the first England captain to regain the Ashes in Australia. His players loved playing for him and he could assess the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents brilliantly..
#94 - how is making a decision know it is in all likelyhood going to cost your team a place in the world cup bottling it?!
Nasser Hussein bottled it as a captain when he did not take his team to Zimbabwe 2003 and therefore forfeited the right to progress in the world cup.
Clive Lloyd's West Indies were one of the greatest test sides ever to take the field. Not sure that a thrilling 17 runs victory in the inaugural world cup can be described as one sided though. I think a few Aussies and neutrals who remember the match would challenge that.
Nasser Hussein did a tremendous job because England were in a terrible state when he took over. Alec Stewart must go down as just about the worst captain in history.
An article about captains - and no mention of John Terry?
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