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Gloucestershire bats­man Ian Cock­bain se­lects his top Xl

1. Michael Klinger

I’ve been watch­ing him for the last cou­ple of years and how he goes about his busi­ness with the white ball is just dif­fer­ent class – he’s un­be­liev­able. He just plays proper cricket shots and he’s ob­vi­ously got the power to clear the rope as well. He’s just a bloody good player who has been amaz­ing for us.

2. Kane Wil­liamson

Kane is just un­be­liev­able.You could just tell from a young age that he was so fo­cused and so driven to do well.He ap­proaches the game like an ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional. I would go so far as to call him a ge­nius!

3. Hamish Mar­shall

He’s just the ul­ti­mate pro­fes­sional. He was great with me when I first came down to Bris­tol. He helped me out a great deal and he’s ob­vi­ously a bril­liant player in his own right. He hit a hell of a lot of runs in all forms of the game for us

4. Cameron Ban­croft

He’s one from this year. He’s got the same sort of per­son­al­ity as Peter Hand­scomb and Kane Wil­liamson. He’s very driven and he strikes the ball re­ally clean and he’s not an un­sung hero any more be­cause he’s been the vice­cap­tain of the Aus­tralia A team.

5. Ian Cock­bain

There’s one that’s fly­ing un­der the radar – can you pick your­self? I want to do that not be­cause of any­thing I’ve done but just to have the ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing with some of these guys. I’d just keep things tick­ing over and then give them the strike – they can whack the sixes!

6. Peter Hand­scomb

He could be the wick­et­keeper. He’s ob­vi­ously got a bit of an ab­nor­mal tech­nique but that works for him and he’s an­other one that’s re­ally driven and fo­cused.

7. Benny How­ell

He’s our all-rounder. His record over the last cou­ple of years is just phe­nom­e­nal. He does all the hard yards. He bowls in the power play, he bowls to the short edge in ev­ery game and his stats are ridicu­lous. It also helps that he’s a jet in the field and he can whack it out of the park as well. I’ve played a hell of a lot with him and he’s def­i­nitely an un­sung hero.

8. Kane Richard­son

He’s some­one that I played with over in Aus­tralia for East Tor­rens in Ade­laide, in South Aus­tralian Grade cricket. He’s got very good skills – york­ers, slow balls, and what have you – so he’s a very tal­ented bowler.

9. Adam Zampa

He’s an­other one that I played with for East Tor­rens. He spins it both ways, a bit like Im­ran Tahir, I guess. He’s a re­ally skil­ful young spin­ner.

10. Mut­tiah Mu­ralitha­ran

He played with us at Gloucestershire for two years in the T20s. He’s ba­si­cally the great­est spin­ner ever to have played, so there’s not much more to say about him than that.

11. An­drew ‘AJ’ Tye

He played with us for a sea­son at Gloucestershire and he, again, did the don­key yards. He bowled up top and at the end in our T20s, and it just seemed that he had york­ers on cue, and his slow ball just bam­boo­zled ev­ery­body.

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Picked: (l-r) Michael Klinger, Peter Hand­scomb, Adam Zampa, Mut­tiah Mu­ralitha­ran

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