WG Grace (1848-1915)
Gloucestershire & England
For a man who played his cricket in an era of poor pitches and limited preparation, Grace was a phenomenon.
Over the course of 43 years, William Gilbert scored 54,896 first-class runs, 126 centuries and took 2,876 wickets.
It is just a shame his myriad of skills were on the wane by the time he made his Test debut at the age of 32.
It was the allure of the Australians that saw him take the step up in class and he scored 152 on his debut.
Two years later, the father of the game was part of England's first home defeat.
Despite top-scoring he could not stop a loss that marked the "death" of English cricket and the birth of the Ashes.
He was also the first English captain to surrender the urn when England lost in 1891/92 - his only overseas series.
But those lows were far outweighed by the magnitude of his achievements.
The doctor was powerfully efficient, aggressive and orthodox even in later years when he remained revered throughout cricketing circles.