World XI: Best with less than 5 tests

Following on from my post this morning naming my Australian XI derived from players who have played less than 5 test matches (but who have played at least 1), I have given some consideration to who would by in a World XI based on the same criteria.  This exercise is a large one and I found myself drawn to players that I knew the stories of and players whose statistics just made them impossible to resist.

Here is my World XI and their respective first class records:

Barry Richards (SA)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
4 339 28358 54.74 80 77 37.48 1

Tim Curtis (Eng)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
5 339 20832 40.68 43 14 58.07 0

Kim Barnett (Eng)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
4 479 28593 40.38 61 188 37.8 3

Stuart Law (Aus)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
1 367 27080 50.52 79 83 51.03 1

H H Kanitkar (Ind)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
2 146 10400 52.26 33 74 47.91 0

Rikki Clarke (Eng)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
2 164 7880 35.49 16 264 34.43 2

Warren Hegg (Eng)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Catches Stumpings
2 348 11302 27.9 7 857 94

Andre Adams (NZ)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
1 160 4421 22.44 3 645 23.47 31

Nilesh Kulkarni (Ind)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
3 101 860 12.11 0 357 24.89 24

Neil Mallender (Eng)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
2 345 4709 17.18 1 937 26.31 36

Ottis Gibson (WI)

Tests Games Runs Average 100s Wickets Average 5fors
2 177 5604 24.25 2 659 27.79 28

This has been an interesting exercise filled with hard luck stories and selection abominations whilst highlighting that for some players an excellent first class career does not make a test career.

The story of Barry Richards is well known: we can only be left to wonder what he would have done to the records of the game if he had not have been caught up in the apartheid ban.

Neil Mallender is a must pick for this team: having taken 5/50 on debut and 8 wickets in total in his first test match he was only given one more test match before being discarded by the English selectors never to be picked again.  The great Richie Benaud is on record as describing this act of lunacy as an absolute disgrace.

Entirely subjectively, this is my World XI. I am sure you will have a different team.  Please let me know what you think either in the comments to this blog OR on twitter @shumpty77.

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