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    Sir Donald Bradman scored a perfect century of votes
    on Wednesday (April 5) when cricket bible Wisden announced its
    five greatest players of the 20th century.

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    Sir Donald Bradman scored a perfect century of votes
    on Wednesday (April 5) when cricket bible Wisden announced its
    five greatest players of the 20th century.

    The Australian, who averaged 99.94 with the bat in
    test cricket, was the only candidate picked by every member of
    a distinguished panel asked to choose five men "whose
    excellence at cricket during the 20th century made the
    greatest contribution to the game".

    The other four chosen were former West Indies captain Gary
    Sobers who received 90 votes, England batsman Jack Hobbs 30,
    Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne 27 and batsman Viv Richards
    of the West Indies with 25.

    None of the 100 panellists, who included 53 test
    cricketers as well as sports journalists and historians,
    picked all five who came out on top.

    Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee and Frank Worrell of
    the West Indies tied for sixth place with 19 votes.

    Wisden, whose editor has picked five players of the year
    since 1889, asked panellists to interpret "excellence"
    broadly, taking into consideration a player's impact on the
    public and the game.

    In all, 49 players received votes and the final five
    chosen span the century from Hobbs, who still holds the record
    of 197 first class centuries in a career covering the first
    three decades, to Warne, playing today.

    None of the panellists, who included former cricketers
    Richie Benaud, Fred Trueman, Sunil Gavaskar and Clive Lloyd,
    voted for himself.All were asked to set aside bias towards
    their own country.

    Results of the vote will be published on Thursday in the
    millennium edition of the Wisden and appear on the
    publication's website www.wisden.com.

    Retiring Wisden editor Matthew Engel also named his five
    players of the year, choosing South African Lance Klusener,
    New Zealander Chris Cairns, Tom Moody of Australia, Pakistan's
    Saqlain Mushtaq and Rahul Dravid of India.

    It was the fifth time no Englishman had been selected and
    the first time the list contained players from five different
    countries.

    Engel said his choice had been strongly influenced by
    performances at the 1999 World Cup.


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    Film ID:
    VLVACHCNJCWEXWXRMRVUSJT2DEFPO
    Media URN:
    VLVACHCNJCWEXWXRMRVUSJT2DEFPO
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1938
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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