West Indies batting legend Brian Lara is among 88 players in the all-time World Test XI for the leading Test countries.
ESPNcricinfo is set to pick the team at the conclusion to their 15-month exercise of selecting the all-time XI.
The jury consists of a former captain from each of the top Test-playing countries — Ian Chappell, Tony Greig, Clive Lloyd, Ajit Wadekar, Intikab Alam, Ali Bacher, Duleep Mendis and John Wright – and four cricket writers and historians: Gideon Haigh, Peter Roebuck, David Frith and Ramchandra Guha.
In the front rank of contenders are all-time greats such as Don Bradman, Sir Gary Sobers, Sir Vivian Richards, Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne, all of whom were unanimously voted into the respective country XIs.
Lara is among the list of middle-order batsmen in the world.
Each jury member will pick two XIs – his first choice world team and a second XI. A weighted points system will be used to determine which players make it to the composite world team.
ESPNcricinfo users will have the opportunity to pick their XIs from the same shortlists as the jury, here. The readers’ choice team will be announced at the same time as the jury’s XIs.
The team will be announced on Oct.12.