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Skarach’s World XI

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During the coverage of the Test this weekend the recently announced “ICC Greatest Test Team” was discussed. Of course, it is deeply flawed. But it got me thinking of my own World XI – non-English players who I have seen since I started getting interested in the game in 1988. So my own dubious selection would be:

Matthew Hayden (Australia)
Mark Taylor (Australia)
Rahul Dravid (India)
Brian Lara (West Indies)
Jacques Kallis (South Africa)
Steve Waugh (Australia – captain)
Adam Gilchrist (Australia – wk)
Shane Warne (Australia)
Wasim Akram (Pakistan)
Malcolm Marshall (West Indies)
Glenn McGrath (Australia)

Yes, I know that there are some surprises – no Tendulkar, Ponting, Waqar, Ambrose. And all the greats of an earlier era – Bradman, Richards, Sobers… Still, a fairly awesome team.

So how about the English team of a similar period?

Graham Gooch (captain)
Alastair Cook
Alec Stewart
Robin Smith
Kevin Pietersen
Graham Thorpe
Matt Prior (wk)
Graeme Swann
Matthew Hoggard
Andrew Caddick
Angus Fraser

So, Stewart plays as a batsman. Perhaps it is a slightly long tail – you could think about Flintoff, but only at his peak! Anyway it contains my two favourite England players – Smith and Thorpe.

I wonder which of these teams would win?!


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