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.