Welcome to our new, expanded presentation featuring illustrations and a statistical summary of the selected players 9. Graeme Swann 10. Stuart Broad 11. James Anderson
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I think he is one of, if not the most, talented cricketers in the world right now. He’s a great leader on the pitch too, and he is someone that always looks to improve – and it’s clear to see that he has done that throughout his career, especially over the last few years.
It’s a tough decision but rather than picking some of my county mates I’ll go with Andrew Strauss, who was a brilliant batsman and captain. Throughout his career he was a really intelligent cricketer, a good guy again to have in the changing room, and another leader which is always important to have in the side.
Jonathan Trott was a brilliant No.3 for England, but Root just pips him because he is probably the fastest learner I have ever played with on a cricket pitch. And obviously he has grown into one of the best in the world now – he will be one of England’s main men for a very long time.
He was somebody that I really respected, and another highly intelligent cricketer and good guy. He helped me a lot with my game when I was younger, particularly at the time that I was progressing through the ranks at Leicestershire into first-class cricket.
Can I have myself in there? Jokes aside, Jonny is in fantastic form currently, and he’s improved hugely over the past two or three years, and has showed how quickly you have to learn at the very top level. He’s developed his game massively, improving his defence in particular.
I’m picking Ben for where he is now in the game. He’s probably the best allrounder in the world – batting, bowling, and fielding – at the moment, and you can say the same about him as you can about Jonny Bairstow in that he’s really developed the defensive side of his game and always wants to improve. Club: Essex Test Runs: 10,615 ODI Runs: 3204 T20I Runs: 61 FC Runs: 19,366 Former Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire and England batsman Former club: Middlesex Test Runs: 7,037 ODI Runs: 4205 T20I Runs: 73 FC Runs: 17,046 Club: Yorkshire Test Runs/Wickets: 4,046/13 ODI Runs/Wickets: 3,017/13 T20I Runs/Wickets: 600/6 FC Runs/ Wickets: 7,574/27 Former clubs: Leicestershire, Lions, Dolphins, Warriors, Cape Cobras, Gauteng, WProvince SA Test Runs: 161 FC Runs: 14,625 Club: Yorkshire Test Runs/Dismsls: 2,056/81 ODI Runs/Dismsls: 458/17 T20I Runs/Dismsls: 195/23 FC Runs/Dismsls: 9,242/356 Club: Durham Test Runs/Wickets: 1,632/66 ODI Runs/Wickets: 1,034/39 T20I Runs/Wickets: 1,46/8 FC Runs/Wickets: 5,310/227 Clubs: Somerset, Lancashire Test Runs/Dismsls: 630/49 ODI Runs/Dismsls: 2,217/113 T20I Runs/Dismsls: 928/17 FC Runs/Dismsls: 3,336/162 Club: Warwickshire Test Runs/Wickets: 466/42 ODI Runs/Wickets: 665/72 T20I Runs/Wickets: 91/7 FC Runs/Wickets: 4,774/418 Former clubs: Northants, Notts Test Runs/Wickets: 1,370/255 ODI Runs/Wickets: 500/104 T20I Runs/Wickets: 104/51 FC Runs/Wickets: 7,811/739 Clubs: Leics, Notts Test Runs/Wickets: 2,647/360 ODI Runs/Wickets: 529/178 T20I Runs/Wickets: 118/65 FC Runs/Wickets: 4,171/595 Club: Lancashire Test Runs/Wickets: 1,073/463 ODI Runs/Wickets: 273/ 269 T20I Runs/Wkts: 1/18 FC Runs/Wickets: 1,638/773 tial he has that everyone at county level was talking about, and he’s getting the recognition he deserves.
Absolutely hilarious guy, and it’s always important to have your funny men in the changing room. But more than that with the ball he was so consistent and so threatening at the same time. England haven’t had anyone else like him since unfortunately.
You have to pick Broad and Anderson together, really, as they have been the best partnership England have ever had with the new ball in my opinion. They’ve both got great skills, great pace, and know their own weaknesses so they complement each other really well. You can see how much Jimmy has developed in his career, and he is now doing an amazing job in the role of the experienced leader of the side. He is always willing to help others, young guys in the set-up, while improving himself the whole time – even though he is already at the very top of the game.
Alastair Cook Andrew Strauss Joe Root H. D. Ackerman Jonny Bairstow Ben Stokes Jos Buttler Chris Woakes Graeme Swann Stuart Broad James Anderson
Action men: Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss and Jonny Bairstow