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