Dream Team

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1. BREN­DON mccul­lum

–Trin­bago Knight Rid­ers I played with him a lot at Sus­sex, he’s an ab­so­lute world-beater and can take the game away from you in a heart­beat. He’s showed that in all for­mats, his 100 in his last Test match was some­thing else, so it’s a shame his ca­reer came to an end when it did.

2. AARON FINCH

– Aus­tralia With my way of play­ing, I’m af­ter an ex­plo­sive team and Aaron fits that per­fectly. He’s prob­a­bly not got the four-day runs his tal­ent sug­gests, but he is so dan­ger­ous in white-ball – hav­ing some­one who can take the game away from you is price­less.

3. KEVIN PI­ETERSEN

– Mel­bourne Stars Keep­ing with the ex­plo­sive theme, when he is on form Kevin is one of the best of all time in any form of cricket he plays. He just does things that other peo­ple would not even dream of, and I think that we were only scratch­ing the sur­face with his tal­ent on the in­ter­na­tional stage.

4. JOE ROOT

– Eng­land He is al­ready a su­per­star, but he is go­ing to go down as one of Eng­land’s best of all time if he keeps up this form. He is awesome in all for­mats of the game. I played with him when he was com­ing through with Eng­land, but even then he showed in­cred­i­ble tal­ent – he is a run ma­chine and has al­ways looked so at home in the dress­ing room.

5. KU­MAR SAN­GAKKARA

– Sur­rey He is un­doubt­edly one of the best play­ers to have ever played the game and he leads by ex­am­ple. He is such a nice guy and while he scores bucket-loads of runs, his pres­ence for the younger guys around is so im­por­tant and he’ll con­tinue to be a mas­sive in­flu­ence on that Sur­rey dress­ing room just as he has been ev­ery­where else that he has played.

6. MAHELA JAYAWARDENE

– Som­er­set You can­not leave out Mahela! He’s one of the top run scor­ers in Test cricket for a rea­son and for so many years he has been so vi­tal for Sri Lanka. He was al­ways – along with Ku­mar – the wicket that you so badly wanted ev­ery time you played against them for Eng­land, and we have seen since his re­tire­ment how dif­fi­cult Sri Lanka have found it to fill their shoes.

7. AN­GELO MATHEWS

– Sri Lanka For the last few years h has been bril­liant for Sri Lanka in the dou­ble ab­sence of Ku­mar and Mahela, but he is cer­tainly a su­perb tal­ent in his own right. Watch­ing him closely in train­ing I’ve picked up a huge amount, and it’s his work off the pitch which has been just as im­por­tant.

8. BRETT LEE

– Re­tired I played with him at Welling­ton, and his whole ap­proach to play­ing for as long as he could was ad­mirable. To bowl at 90mph and above for so long is in­cred­i­ble, and he seemed to get bet­ter as time went on, be­ing able to adapt with slower balls and death bowl­ing. A great guy and a great com­peti­tor.

9. SHANE WARNE

– Re­tired Play­ing with Warnie was sim­ply a dream come true. In front of a packed crowd at a match in the Big Bash, you got to see how much of a god he is in Aus­tralia – ev­ery crowd would bow to him wher­ever we went. His work ethic was un­ri­valled, too, he was al­ways the last to fin­ish in the nets, even when he was at the end of his ca­reer.

10. MUSH­TAQ AHMED

– Re­tired I’ll let Mushy bat 10! He was on a dif­fer­ent level at Sus­sex, play­ing a mas­sive part of our trophy suc­cesses. He had a heart of gold, too, he’d put in ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing for the team, but it’s his abil­ity to take so many wick­ets so con­sis­tently which stands out.

11. LA­SITH MALINGA

– Unat­tached He had a stupid tal­ent, there was no­body who bowled quite like Malinga and with that came so many dif­fi­cul­ties for bats­men. He got me out lbw al­most ev­ery time I played him, and go­ing into games you felt if he was even a lit­tle bit off his best he’d still cause ab­so­lute may­hem. And get­ting 6-7 in a T20 [v Zim­babwe] is just bonkers.

LUKE WRIGHT The Sus­sex bats­man picks the best XI he has played with and against

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