Dream Team

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

The Cricket Paper - - ENGLAND TOUR OF BANGLADESH - Tay­lor’s DREAM XI james tay­lor

James Tay­lor picks his great­est XI in a new-look fea­ture

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

PIC­TURES: Getty Im­ages

Ac­tion men: Alastair Cook, An­drew Strauss and Jonny Bairstow

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