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The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - For­mer Eng­land and Lan­cashire fast bowler Peter Martin

Peter Martin se­lects his per­sonal best from his play­ing days

1. Mike Ather­ton

One of the rea­sons I am so chuffed with the lads I have gone for is that we all grew up to­gether as a team from an em­bry­onic stage and it cre­ated a great to­geth­er­ness. Mike was a great opener and a player who re­ally turned it on for Lan­cashire when he played for the club. He played for Eng­land for years and was just a great tal­ent. He played the solid stuff and al­ways got us off to a great start.

2. Ja­son Gal­lian

Ja­son was a great foil for Mike and they cre­ated a great part­ner­ship for the five sea­sons they played to­gether. Ja­son would play in the op­po­site way to Mike, and would spot what was needed – which made their part­ner­ship so good. We al­ways had a huge amount of con­fi­dence in them.

3. John Craw­ley

John spent 11 years with Lan­cashire be­fore go­ing on to have great suc­cess with Hamp­shire in a long ca­reer. He played his part in a strong top of the or­der.

4. Neil Fair­brother

Neil was cap­tain in a tran­si­tion pe­riod for the club and it did not quite work for him. Some­thing did not go quite right then but he re­mained a fine player and was a great bats­man to have in the side.

5. Gra­ham Lloyd

Num­ber five is a tough spot to de­cide but I am pick­ing a one-day team here and want the all-round abil­ity of Gra­ham to of­fer his skills with both bat and ball. He went on to play for Eng­land and had a fine ca­reer in the one-day game.

6. Andrew Flintoff

Andrew was a young guy com­ing through when I was there. He was on a tightrope for a while be­cause of his offfield non­sense so it was never a done deal that he would turn into a great. But he had so much po­ten­tial and it is a shame his body did not al­low him to play for longer – we will never know how good he could have been.

7. Wasim Akram

Wasim was a great bloke and so good for the younger bowlers. I have had to put him in at seven be­cause he would get up­set! I have picked a team of mainly Lan­cas­tri­ans but Wasim is not – although he loved his time up there, and we al­ways thought of him as one.

8. War­ren Hegg

War­ren was our keeper and played for Lan­cashire for al­most 20 years, so has to be in my team. He was a steady bats­man who was al­ways ca­pa­ble of chip­ping in with a 50 when we needed it and his keep­ing skills were ex­cel­lent. He was a big part of our suc­cess.

9. Ian Austin

The Hefty Hurler from Hasling­den was a great bowler and bats­man used to hate play­ing against him. He would hit the bowlers on their toes for fun in prac­tice and then bowled even quicker in the matches. He would not quite work as a mod­ern crick­eter but he could teach them all a thing or two about bowl­ing in the one-day game!

10. Glen Chap­ple

The op­po­si­tion knew that we had such a deep bat­ting line-up and we would al­ways score runs. If we lost a cou­ple of wick­ets early there was never any panic. We knew the boys down the or­der would do the job and Glen, as well as be­ing a fine bowler, was a big part of that.We used to win a huge amount of games be­cause of the strength of our tail with the bat.

11. Mut­tiah Mu­ralitha­ran

He played with us when we were not as good as pre­vi­ously but I used to stand at mid-off watch­ing him and you would never bother walk­ing in to field. Bats­man had no idea how to play him, we used to laugh at the weird tech­niques some of them used against him.

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Red Rose le­gends: Wasim Akram, Andrew Flintoff, Glen Chap­ple and Mike Ather­ton

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