Here's the team, selected by fans using the ICC's website survey.
ICC TEST DREAM XI: Virender Sehwag (IND), Sunil Gavaskar (IND), Donald Bradman (AUS), Sachin Tendulkar (IND), Brian Lara (WIS), Kapil Dev (IND), Adam Gilchrist (AUS), Shane Warne (AUS), Wasim Akram (PAK), Curtly Ambrose (WIS), Glenn McGrath (AUS)
What about names such as Hadlee, Imran, Pollock, Tyson, Botham to name just a few.
So, dear readers, here is your next job. The Dream Teams.
Help Adolf choose a fifteen man all time best squad for each country competing in the forthcoming Test Cricket World Cup which seems likely to conclude with a 'timeless test' as a grand final. We need squads from New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Sri Lanka and England. I think the Zimmers and the Bangers would be best to stay home on this occasion.
Kindly present your teams in comments numbered from 1 to 11, starting with the openers and finishing with the bowlers then include the names of your four replacement players.
I'll give it a go here for Australia, seeing as how I was resident and playing club cricket here during the wonderful era of the Chappels and Dennis Lillee. And by the way, I'm attempting this from memory without reverting to endless hours swotting up on Wisden but you can if you want to.
Australia (Adolf's selection)
1 Matthew Hayden 2 Sir Don Bradman 3 Greg Chappell 4 Adam Gilcrist 5 Ricky Ponting 6 Lindsay Hassett (c) 7 Dennis Lillee 8 Doug Walters 9 Glenn McGrath 10 Shane Warne 11 Brett LeeNew Zealand (IV2' selection)
12 Kieth Stackpole 13 Keith Millar 14 Rodney Marsh 15 Bobby Simpson
1 Glenn Turner 2 John Wright 3 Bert Sutcliffe 4 Martin Crowe 5 Stephen Fleming (Captain) 6 Bevan Congdon 7 Ken Wadsworth 8 Sir Richard Hadlee 9 Bruce Taylor 10 Richard Collinge 11 Hedley Howarth
12 John Bracewell 13 John R Reid 14 Dick Motz 15 Daniel Vettori
England (James Stevenson's selection)
1 Hutton 2 Hobbs 3 Hammond 4 Compton 5 Botham 6 Flintoff 7 Knott 8 Underwood 9 Laker 10 Trueman 11 Larwood
12 Gower 13 Sutcliffe 14 Russell 15 Willis
West Indies (pdm's selection)
1 Greenidge 2 Haynes 3 Headley 4 Weekes 5 Richards 6 Worrell (capt) 7 Sobers 8 Alexander 9 Gibbs 10 Ambrose 11 Holding.
12 Lloyd 13 Walcott 14 Garner 15 Marshall
There you are! Go to it.