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The elder of two Test-playing brothers, Andy Flower was for a long time Zimbabwe's only batsman of true Test quality in all conditions. For a period of about two years from the start of 2000, he was so phenomenally consistent that he has no rival as the best player in Zimbabwe's history.

In the 55 Tests in which he kept wicket, Flower had 160 dismissals: 151 catches and nine stumpings. He did not keep wicket for eight Test matches. He had a gift of sighting the ball early, which made his anticipation better as a stumper.

He had two stints as Zimbabwe captain, leading them to their first Test victory against Pakistan in 1994-95, and then becoming the first Zimbabwean to lead a Test tour of England, in 2000. An assured player of fast bowling since his early days as an opener, Flower matured into one of the best players of spin in the world, and on the Indian tour early in 2001, he made 540 runs for twice out.

Flower was an integral member of the squad when Zimbabwe achieved Test status in 1992. He was expected to excel in both departments: wicket-keeping and batting and was handed the additional responsibility of leading the side in both the formats.

In the latter part of his career, Flower was compared with Adam Gilchrist, who many pundits acknowledged was the best wicket-keeper batsman the world had ever seen.


Career Statistics

Full name Andrew Flower

Born April 28, 1968, Cape Town, Cape Province, South Africa

Current age 52 years 10 days

Batting style Left-hand bat

Fielding position Wicketkeeper


Height 5 ft 10 in

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        SR           100        50           Ct           St

63           112        19           4794      232*      51.54     45.07     12           27           151        9


Andy Flower

Team:   Zimbabwe (1992-2002)


-              2nd highest batting average as a wicketkeeper (53.70)

-              3rd most centuries scored as wicket-keeper captain in Tests (3)

-              Highest score by a wicketkeeper in Tests (232*)

-              Completed 151 dismissals in 63 Tests as wicketkeeper


Mahendra Singh Dhoni captained India’s Test team from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain in the history of Cricket to win all ICC trophies. Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, the 2010 and 2016 Asia Cups, the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup and the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

A right-handed middle-order batsman and an unorthodox wicket-keeper, Dhoni made his ODI debut in December 2004 against Bangladesh and played his first Test a year later against Sri Lanka.

In Test cricket, Dhoni has done the job longer than any other Indian wicketkeeper as only Syed Kirmani with 88 Tests comes close to Dhoni’s 90. Dhoni also has a higher batting average than any other Indian wicketkeeper and has scored the most runs.

In fact, Dhoni holds the Indian record of most wicket-keeping dismissals in Tests, 294 and is the only Indian keeper to score 4000 runs and effect 200 dismissals.

Dhoni also holds the Indian record of most wicketkeeping dismissals in a Test with nine dismissals in a Melbourne Test, his last.

After taking up the Test captaincy in 2008, he led the team to series wins in New Zealand and the West Indies, and the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in 2008, 2010 and 2013.

In 2009, Dhoni also led the Indian team to number-one position on the ICC Test rankings for the first time.

In 2013, under his captaincy, India became the first team in more than 40 years to whitewash Australia in a Test series.


Career Statistics 


Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand)

Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

Role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm medium


Test Career – India (2005-2014)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs     HS      Ave    SR      100     50      Ct       St

  90      144     16      4876    224     38.09   59.11     6      33     256      38


Career highlights 

  • Ranked 3rd for most runs scored by a wicketkeeper in Tests (4876)
  • Ranked 5th for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in Tests (294)
  • Second-most wins by an Indian captain in Tests (27)
  • Most centuries playing as captain and wicketkeeper (5)
  • The joint highest number of stumpings in Tests (38)

During a Test career lasting 14 years until his retirement in 1983-84, Rod Marsh collected a then world-record tally of 355 dismissals; the combination of his concentration, athleticism and highly skilled glove-work earning him enormous admiration among spectators and fellow players alike.

Marsh was nimble-footed and his capacity to move acrobatically to intercept errant deliveries and catches was a constant feature. He was an invaluable player for both Western Australia and Australia, and the inextricability of his association with the fast bowler Dennis Lillee - the dismissal "caught Marsh bowled Lillee" was recorded 95 times in Tests - is one of the legends of the country’s cricket.

Apart from his wicket-keeping talents, he was also an excellent batsman in his own right, scoring three Test centuries, and his forceful stroke play lay at the core of many stubborn Australian lower-order performances.


Career Statistics

Full name: Rodney William Marsh

Born: November 4, 1947, Armadale, Perth, Western Australia

Major teams: Australia, Western Australia

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper


Test Career – Australia (1970-1984)  

Mat   Inns     NO     Runs      HS          Ave        100s        50s         Ct          St

96      150      13      3633      132        26.51           3          15           343        12


Career highlights

  • First wicketkeeper to complete 300 dismissals in Tests
  • Part of the most successful keeper/bowler combination with Dennis Lillee (95 dismissals) Ranked 4th for most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in Tests (355)
  • Scored 3623 runs at an average of 26.51

Gordon Greenidge began his Test career in 1974 against India at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. He and fellow Barbadian Desmond Haynes formed a prolific opening partnership that is considered among the best in Test cricket history.

The pair made 6,482 runs while batting together in partnerships, the third-highest total for a batting partnership in Test cricket history as of 2019.

During the fifth Test of the 1983 series between West Indies and India, Greenidge became the first and, as of 2019, the only person in Test history to be retired not out. He had to leave the match in Antigua while on 154 to visit his gravely ill daughter, who died two days later, in Barbados.

Greenidge scored two double centuries against England in the 1984 summer Test series. This series was dubbed the "Blackwash" because West Indies won by a margin of 5–0.

Greenidge scored 214 not out in the second innings of the second Test at Lord's in June 1984 and followed up with 223 in the fourth Test at Old Trafford in late July.

The 214 was achieved on the fifth and last day of the match as West Indies successfully chased 342 for victory. It remains the highest run chase at Lords.


Career Statistics

Full name: Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge

Born: May 1, 1951, Black Bess, St Peter, Barbados

Major teams: Scotland, West Indies, Barbados, Hampshire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium


Test Career – West Indies (1974-1991)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS          Ave        100s        50s                    

108        185        16        7558      226        44.72     19          19          


Career highlights

  • Part of the most prolific opening partnership in Test history with Desmond Haynes (6482 runs)
  • Most centuries scored by a West Indies opener in Tests (19)
  • Scored one of his 19 Test centuries on debut
  • Most runs scored by a West Indian in the opening position (7488) 
  • Averaged 45.11 as an opener compared to career average of 44.72

Blessed with a free-stroking, aggressive style best suited for limited-overs cricket, West Indian Chris Gayle has also had a solid career as a Test batsman.

His 79-ball century at Cape Town in January 2004, on the back of a South African first- innings score of 532, was typical of his no-holds-barred approach.

However, Gayle has also shown the ability to bat long periods and the hunger to make big scores. In 2009 against Australia, Gayle batted almost seven-and-a-half hours in scoring an unbeaten 165 to save the Test in Adelaide; in the very next game, though, he smashed the fifth-fastest Test century - off 70 balls - to indicate that quick-scoring remained his preferred method.

The following year he batted almost ten hours and scored 333 against Sri Lanka and Muralitharan in Galle, becoming only the fourth batsman to score two triples in Tests, thus proving again, his ability to bat long periods.

He is the most capped player for the West Indies in international cricket and is the only player to score a triplet of centuries – a triple hundred in Tests, double hundred in ODIs and a hundred in T20Is.


Career Statistics 

Full name: Christopher Henry Gayle 

Born: September 21, 1979, Kingston, Jamaica

Major Teams: Balkh Legends, Barisal Burners, Chattogram Challengers, Chittagong Vikings, D Ganga's XI, Dhaka Gladiators, Dolphins, Hooper XI, ICC World XI, Jacobs XI, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Jamaica, Jamaica Tallawahs, Jozi Stars, Karachi Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Lahore Qalandars, Lions, Marylebone Cricket Club, Matabeleland Tuskers, Melbourne Renegades, Rangpur Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, RR Sarwan's XI, Somerset, St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, Stanford Superstars, Sydney Thunder, Vancouver Knights, West Indies Under-19s, Western Australia, Worcestershire

Playing Role: Opener

Batting Style: Left-hand bat

Bowling Style: Right-arm off-break

Test Batting Averages - West Indies (2000-2014)

Mat      Inns     NO       Runs    HS   Ave      BF       SR       100      50       

103      182      11     7214    333   42.18   11970  60.26   15       37       


Career highlights 

  • One of four batsmen to pass 300 more than once in Tests
  • One of five West Indians to carry bat in Tests
  • Eighth fastest century in Tests (70 balls)
  • The first player to hit all 6 balls in an over for four in Tests
  • The first player to hit the first ball of a Test match for six

Alastair Cook was never an especially elegant batsman and his career encompassed its fair share of downs as well as ups. In the end, though, his determination, his longevity, his decency, his sheer number of runs, shone through.

He is the leading run-scorer in Test matches for England, and the youngest player to complete 12,000 Test runs (the sixth overall, and the only Englishman). Cook has scored a record 33 Test centuries for England and is the first England player to take part in 50 Test victories.

Twelve of his hundreds came as England captain. His 24 Test wins in 59 Tests made him the joint second-most successful captain for England, behind Michael Vaughan, who had 26. His 22 defeats were also a record.


Career Statistics

Full name: Alastair Nathan Cook

Born: December 25, 1984, Gloucester

Playing role: Opening batsman

Major Teams: England, Bedfordshire, England Lions, England Under-19s, Essex, Marylebone Cricket Club

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Height: 6 ft 2 in


Test Career

Mat    Inns   NO    Runs      HS   Ave    SR      100  50   

161    291    16      12472  294 45.35 46.95    33  57  


Career highlights

  • Fifth highest Test run-scorer of all time (12472)
  • Most runs scored by an opening batsman in Tests (11845)
  • Youngest player to complete 12-thousand Test runs
  • His 31 centuries as an opener is the second most in Tests
  • Scored 33 centuries overall
  • His average as an opener 44.87 lower than career average of 45.35
  • England’s most capped player (161 Tests)
  • Highest scoring left-hander in Tests

Herbert Sutcliffe was one of the most successful Test batsmen ever.

His completed batting average was 60.73, which is the highest by any English batsman and the seventh-highest worldwide behind only Don Bradman, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Adam Voges, Graeme Pollock and George Headley.

Sutcliffe’s career spanned the period between the two world wars, beginning in 1919 and ending in1939 when he was called to military service prior to the start of World War II.

The obdurate right-handed batsman scored 16 Test centuries, the first to achieve that feat, and was known for his concentration and determination, qualities that made him invaluable to his teams in adverse batting conditions. He is remembered as one of the game's finest "bad wicket batsmen".

However, his fame rests mainly in the great opening partnership he formed with Jack Hobbs for England between 1924 and 1930.

During that period across a span of 38 Test innings, the pair scored 3249 runs that included 15-century partnerships and 10 half-century stands.

The century opening partnerships was a record until it was broken by Desmond Haynes and Gordon Greenidge who had 16 but from 148 innings.


Career Statistics

Full name: Herbert Sutcliffe

Born: November 24, 1894, Summerbridge, Harrogate, Yorkshire

Died: January 22, 1978, Cross Hills, Yorkshire (aged 83 years 59 days)

Major teams: England, Maharaj Kumar of Vizianagram's XI, Yorkshire

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Played for England (1924-1935)


             Mat    Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave    100      50          

Tests    54      84      9    4555  194    60.73      16      23     


Career highlights

  • First cricketer to score 16 centuries in Tests
  • Average of 61.10, the highest of any opener with a minimum 20 innings in Tests
  • Overall Test average 60.73 ranks him seventh all time
  • Scored 4522 runs from 83 Test innings as an opener
  • Scored 23 Test fifties
  • Described by Fred Truman as “a terrible man to get out”


Lawyers representing the ousted executive of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA)  led by William Wallace have written to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) expressing concern over what they have described as a “number of irregularities which have arisen, irregularities that have caused their clients to believe their right to a fair hearing has been impugned.”

Wallace and his executive have taken FIFA to CAS over the latter’s decision to appoint a normalization committee to oversee the running of the TTFA, which in effect sidelined the Wallace-led executive that was constitutionally elected in November 2009.

Among the concerns to which the lawyers - Dr Emir Crowne and Matthew Gayle - refer arose from correspondence from CAS in which it mentioned hiked costs Wallace and his executive are being compelled to pay in advance of the tribunal hearing while at the same time declaring that FIFA will not pay arbitration costs in advance in matters such as these.

The costs mentioned amount to 40,000 Swiss Francs or approximately US$41,000, which the Wallace-led executive, the Appellants, must pay in full. The lawyers said that they are unsure how CAS facilitates access to justice with such extravagant fees.

According to the correspondence obtained by Sportsmax.TV, CAS indicated that “as a general rule, FIFA does not pay any arbitration costs in advance when it acts as a Respondent in a procedure before CAS, which is admissible to CAS pursuant to Article R64.2 of the Code. This means that, according to the same provision of the Code, the Appellant has to pay the entirety of the advance of costs.”

In response, Dr Emir Crowne penned a letter to CAS on Thursday, May 7, arguing that the costs are unfair “…particularly since the hearing would have likely taken place by video conference and the usual travel costs of the panel and the CAS’ counsel would have been eliminated.

“To that end, we are genuinely unsure how the CAS facilitates access to justice with such extravagant fees. The Appellants are not from the developed world, nor are they as well-financed as the Respondent.”

The lawyers also argue that the matter is made even more alarming since the tribunal accepted without question FIFA’s submission that they wanted the matter heard by three arbitrators, thus tripling the associated costs.

“On its face, therefore, the CAS appears to be a willing participant in the Respondent’s gamesmanship, especially if the CAS had institutional knowledge that the Respondent – an entity with immeasurable financial resources – would not be advancing their share of the arbitration costs,” the lawyers said.

“This is at least an unacceptable display of apparent institutional bias.”

In light of the development, the lawyers revealed that FIFA subsequently issued a letter to the CAS indicating that they (CAS) must suspend FIFA’s response to the Appellants until the Appellants pay the full costs. CAS, they said, has agreed that FIFA should be able to benefit from the extension.

“As it stands, there are very real doubts that the CAS remains an appropriate and fair forum for the resolution of this dispute,” the lawyers concluded.





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