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    The ICC has received a lot of flak for its recently annouced all-time test eleven. Many experts and fans believe the online voting system used neglected several deserving players.

    The main issue is that the team was picked using online voting, so naturally players from countries with large populations (India, for example), as well as those currently playing, received far more votes. So it's not like the ICC deliberately snubbed anyone. As consolation, we've picked 5 cricket legends who deserved to be part of that Test XI
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    Viv Richards (West Indies)

    The man who single-handedly provided the West Indies bowling greats with thousands of runs to defend was the worst nightmare of the bowlers he treated with total disdain as he smacked them in ever possible direction. He notched up an impressive 8,540 runs in just 121 tests, which included 24 centuries and a personal best of 291 versus England.

    He was also a handy bowler, and managed to pick 32 wickets at a time when the West Indies quicks used to demolish entire lineups by themselves. Could you imagine a team that had him and Sehwag opening the batting
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    Len Hutton (England)

    One of the main criticisms of the all-time eleven is that other than the obvious inclusion of Don Bradman, it has ignored all pre-1970 players. We could not agree more, especially when it comes to this batting genius. Len Hutton, the hero of several Ashes campaigns, wreaked havoc in his day by scoring a mind-boggling 6,971 runs in 79 tests.

    He also held the record for the higest individual score in test cricket--364--for a good 20 years. Another obvious inclusion missed by the ICC!
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    Gary Sobers (West Indies)

    Considered by many to be the best all-rounder the game has ever produced, Gary Sobers scored a whopping 8,032 runs and took 235 wickets in just 93 test matches. For over two decades, this Caribbean maestro dominated batsmen and bowlers alike. He even scored the then-highest individual score of 365 not out, a record that was only broken 34 years later by Brian Lara.

    He's received every possible honor in cricket, so his exclusion from the all-time test team comes as a real surprise
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    Allan Border

    The man who laid the foundation for Australia's dominance over the last three decades had to be a special cricketer--someone who deserved to be on the all-time eleven, and perhaps even lead it! Allan Border's flamboyant batting and fearless captaincy earned him several accolades during his illustrious career.

    The former Aussie skipper scored 11,174 runs in 156 tests, playing several match-winning knocks. Border's no-holds barred, guts-for-glory captaincy style would have been perfect for the test XI; when you have a team of 11 champions, all you have to do is go for the win
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