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Three Windies legends in all-time greatest World Test XI

CRICKET LEGENDS: Garry Sobers, left, Malcolm Marshall, centre, and Viv Richards (PA)

TRIO OF West Indies legends Viv Richards, Garry Sobers and Malcolm Marshall have been chosen in the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack to recognise the best XI players to have played the Test game in its 150-year history.

The Test World XI was released to celebrate the sport’s anniversary.

Also named in the team are greats from England, Australia, India and Pakistan.

Australia’s Shane Warne and India’s Sachin Tendulkar are two of the most modern cricketers included, with the latter set to retire after two more Test games.

One surprise omission was Windies batsman Brian Lara, who dominated the game and was one of cricket’s most famous names in the 1990s and 2000s.

Nonetheless, the list makes pleasant reading for Windies fans as they have the second most players in the world's greatest of all-time, behind England.

The full Test World XI:

1. Jack Hobbs (England, 1908-1930)
61 Tests, 5,410 runs at 56.94

2. WG Grace (England, 1880-1899)
22 Tests, 1,098 runs at 32.29

3. Donald Bradman (Australia, 1928-1948 - captain)
52 Tests, 6,996 runs at 99.94

4. Sachin Tendulkar (India, 1989-2013)
198 Tests, 15,837 runs at 53.86

5. Viv Richards (West Indies, 1974-1991)
121 Tests, 8,540 runs at 50.23

6. Garry Sobers (West Indies, 1954-1974)
93 Tests, 8,032 runs at 57.78, 235 wickets at 34.03

7. Alan Knott (England, 1967-1981 - wicketkeeper)
95 Tests, 4,389 runs at 32.75, 250 catches, 19 stumpings

8. Wasim Akram (Pakistan, 1985-2002)
104 Tests, 414 wickets at 23.62

9. Shane Warne (Australia, 1992-2007)
145 Tests, 708 wickets at 25.41

10. Malcolm Marshall (West Indies, 1978-1991)
81 Tests, 376 wickets at 20.94

11. Sydney Barnes (England, 1901-14)
27 Tests, 189 wickets at 16.43

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