What the fans say so far – The Ultimate batting lineup

By May 13, 2020

So far, the fans and the SportsMax panel of experts have not been in agreement over the nature of the Ultimate XI Test cricket team.

A few weeks ago, SportsMax embarked on an ultimately ambitious challenge of finding out what the greatest cricket team of all time would look like.

We didn’t want you, the fans to just take our word for it, so we combined our in-studio experts on the SportsMax Zone, the only show of its kind in the Caribbean, you, our fans, and a panel of experts who have been close to the game at the highest level.

The panel of experts has decided that India’s Sunil Gavaskar and Australia’s Matthew Hayden would provide an all-time best opening pairing ahead of the likes of West Indies’ Gordon Greenidge or England’s Alastair Cook.

The panellists were made up Former players Tino Best and Wavell Hinds, Kevin O’Brien Chang, noted writer and statistician, Barry Wilkinson, long-time journalist and commentator, as well as well-known regional umpire and sports commentator, Chris Taylor.

The SportsMax Zone team of Wayne Lewis, Mariah Kelly, and Lance Whittaker, has agreed with the picks of the panellists but the Ultimate fans don’t think much of one of those choices.

According to the voting to date, Hayden, with 12.77 per cent of the vote is the fourth-best an Ultimate XI could do, while Cook with 14.38 per cent of the vote is a fair bit behind the choice pairing so far with 14.38 per cent of the vote.

At this point, the Ultimate fan believes, like the panellists and the Zone team, that Sunil Gavaskar should make up half of the best opening pairing the world has ever seen, however, for them, at 17.88 per cent he is not as sure as is Greenidge, who has 18.95 per cent of the votes tallied so far.

Next up for voting will be the Ultimate middle order and so far, the men batting at numbers three, four and five, according to the fans, should be the West Indies’ Brian Lara, India’s Sachin Tendulkar, and Lara’s teammate, Viv Richards.

Lara holds a massive lead, with 26.34 per cent of voters picking him in their middle order.

Up next is Tendulkar who has polled 17.83 per cent of the votes. Richards is two percentage points back with 15.41 per cent of the votes, while Australia’s Don Bradman, who many pundits perceive as the greatest batsman to ever live, is just out of the runnings for a place in the fans’ team with 13.35 per cent of the votes.

Fans have a little under nine days to get their votes in for who they would want to see in an all-time best Test cricket XI. Click the link here, or go to SportsMax.tv and click on Ultimate XI at the top of the page for more details.

Paul-Andre Walker

Paul-Andre is the Managing Editor at SportsMax.tv. He comes to the role with almost 20 years of experience as journalist. That experience includes all facets of media. He began as a sports Journalist in 2001, quickly moving into radio, where he was an editor before becoming a news editor and then an entertainment editor with one of the biggest media houses in the Caribbean.

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