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Lamb nominates Richards as the greatest one-day player

Former England skipper Allan Lamb feels Richards, Dean Jones, Michael Bevan, Javed Miandad, Desmond Haynes are amongst the greatest in the history of ODI cricket

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Former England skipper Allan Lamb rated Viv Richards as the greatest one-day player of all time.
Former England skipper Allan Lamb believes that Viv Richards is the greatest one-day player of all time.

Lamb, who played in the ICC Cricket World Cup final in 1987 and 1992, was speaking ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy 2009, as fans debate who has been the most effective player in the one-day game.

"My vote goes to Viv Richards. Dean Jones was brilliant in the aggressive way he went about things, Michael Bevan was a great finisher, Javed Miandad was a tough bloke to bowl at and Desmond Haynes had an astonishing record at the top of the order but I go for Viv," said Lamb. 

"He played what I regard as the greatest ODI innings of all - his 189 not out from a total of 272 against us at Old Trafford in 1984. That included a last wicket stand of 106 with Michael Holding, of which Mikey scored 12! I remember when Mikey came into bat, Viv went up to him, slapped the top of his bat handle as he always did, and said "leave it to me." 

Lamb believes that Richards, who averaged 47.00 in 187 matches, deserves the accolade as the greatest one-day player of all time because of the manner in which he played the game.

"Viv was capable of playing some amazing strokes that just weren't played by anyone else at the time and in that innings in 1984 we saw most of them - I remember one shot for six over extra-cover off Bob Willis. Amazing! When you were in the field and Viv was batting you usually developed a stiff neck watching the ball fly out of the park," he said. 

"Other top one-day players were accumulators, picking up ones and twos, but Viv didn't need to do that. He was such a powerful striker of the ball and he could hit any bowler out of the attack - and he often did. He was a big game player. His 138 not out in the World Cup final in 1979 was just one example of that. And don't forget he was also a brilliant fielder in any position, his run-outs in the 1975 World Cup final showed that side of his game."

Fans are invited to have their say on the greatest one-day player of all-time by going to the ICC Champions Trophy Facebook site, which is accessible by clicking here.

Allan Lamb now runs his own corporate hospitality and sports travel business, Allan Lamb Associates Limited. Details can be found at http://www.lambassociates.co.uk/

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