The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced a special edition intake of 10 cricket icons into the ICC Hall of Fame to celebrate the prestigious history of Test cricket, and to coincide with the first ever ICC World Test Championship Final.
The special inductions of the ICC Hall of Fame from the following five eras join the ranks of the world’s greatest players:
EARLY CRICKET ERA – Players whose greatest contributions to the game were prior to 1918. It was taken by two great cricketers of that time. One, Aubrey Faulkner of South Africa who played 25 Tests, scored 1,754 runs at 40.79, took 82 wickets at 26.58, and was one of the pioneers of the “googly” at the time. He was a part of the famous ‘googly quartet’ that so characterised South African cricket in the first decade of the 20th century and he peaked with the bat in the 1910-11 series in Australia when he made 732 runs in the five Tests.
And the other was Monty Noble of Australia, who played 42 Tests, scored 1,997 runs at 30.25, took 121 wickets at 25.00, and was one of the greatest Australian all-rounders. He is still the fastest from that country to achieve the 1,000 run / 100 wicket Test double.
INTER-WAR ERA – Players whose greatest contributions to the game were from 1918-1945. Also taken by two legends of that time. One, Sir Learie Constantine of West Indies, who played 18 Tests, scored 635 runs at 19.24, took 58 wickets at 30.10, and can be considered the first great West Indian all-rounder, playing with a flair and freedom that was decades ahead of his time.
Another one was Stan McCabe of Australia, who played 39 Tests, scored 2,748 runs at 48.21, took 36 wickets at 42.86, and was a right-handed batsman of the highest class, he played three memorable innings and defied the “Bodyline tactics” that were predominant at the time within the England camp with 187 not out at Sydney.
POST-WAR ERA – Players whose greatest contributions to the game were from 1946-1970. This position was also taken by two legends. One, Ted Dexter of England, who played 62 Tests, scored 4,502 runs at 47.89, took 66 wickets at 34.93, and was a superb batsman who combined a firm defense with the ability to destroy any bowling attack off both the front and back foot. His innings of 70 in the 1963 Lord’s Test lives long in the memory of all who saw it.
Another was Vinoo Mankad of India, who played 44 Tests, scored 2,109 runs at 31.47, took 162 wickets at 32.32, and was an opening batsman and slow left arm orthodox bowler, known as one of India’s greatest-ever all-rounders. His most famous feat was against England at Lord’s in 1952 when he scored 72 and 184 and bowled 97 overs in the match.
ODI ERA – Players whose greatest contributions to the game were from 1971-1995. One legend was Desmond Haynes of the West Indies, who played 116 Tests, scored 7,487 runs at 42.29 and was one half of the most prolific opening batting partnership in Test history alongside Gordon Greenidge.
Another, Bob Willis of England, who played 90 Tests taking 325 wickets at 25.20 and spearheaded the English bowling attack during some of their most memorable moments during this period.
MODERN CRICKET ERA – Players whose greatest contributions to the game were between 1996-2015. Andy Flower of Zimbabwe played 63 Tests, scoring 4,794 runs at 51.54, took 151 catches with nine stumpings as a left-handed wicket-keeper batsmen. First Zimbabwe player to be inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame. His grit, determination and will to succeed meant at one point he was ranked number 1 batsman in the world.
And Finally, Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka. Who played 134 Tests, scored 12,400 runs at 57.40, took 182 catches and 20 stumpings, and was grace personified at the crease. He ended his career as the most prolific run-scorer his country had ever known, with double-hundreds flowing from his bat with consummate ease. In 2014 Sangakkara struck 319 and 105 in the same Test match against Bangladesh and in 2017 fell just 16 runs short of striking six successive centuries in first-class cricket.