Dream Team

Nathan Buck picks his Star XI

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - Northants and for­mer Le­ices­ter­shire and Lan­cashire pace bowler nathan buck

1. HD Ack­er­man HD was at Le­ices­ter­shire when I was 17 and the way he went about scor­ing runs was amaz­ing, he didn’t let any­thing get to him. He was at the end of his ca­reer and made it look very easy. He was a very good role model for me as a young player and good to watch at a young age. 2. Martin Gup­till When he plays T20 and white ball he’s so de­struc­tive and he had a few good knocks for us last year and watch­ing him on TV is un­be­liev­able. He’s a great guy to get you off to a flyer at the top of the in­nings. 3. Joe Root I played with Joe from Eng­land U17s to U19s and some Eng­land Lions but ob­vi­ously his record speaks for it­self. He’s one of the best bats­men in the world and he’s such a nice guy, too, as a bloke he’s very down to earth. 4. James Tay­lor He was in­volved at Le­ices­ter­shire when I was a lot younger un­til he left for Not­ting­hamshire. He just loves the game and worked very hard, he was a proper pro­fes­sional. He was an ab­so­lutely great team­mate to have. 5. Brad Hodge Le­ices­ter­shire’s T20 overseas back in 2010, off and on the pitch he was un­be­liev­able. Brad’s a very friendly guy and fun to be around. He was a very an­i­mated player, too. I reckon he could still do a job in this team. 6. Shakib-al-Hasan An­other overseas, he was very quiet but as a crick­eter he was un­be­liev­able. The way he al­ways per­formed so con­sis­tently was some­thing to look grind up out to. re­sult­sHe would whethergo outit be there with and bat or ball.in your To side have is that great. sort of all-round ta­lent 7. Ben Stokes The same as Joe Root, I played age-group stuff with Ben and he was such a nor­mal guy. He still is but with huge suc­cess. He’s such a de­struc­tive bats­man, and when you add in his bowl­ing as well, he’d do great in this team. 8. Jos Buttler I played with him in Eng­land age-group and then for the Lions, he was like a freak at bat­ting.We were at Worces­ter­shire last year and he hit the fastest 50 for Lan­cashire with a bro­ken thumb, an un­be­liev­able player. 9. James Faulkner I spent huge amounts of time with him when he came over to play at Lan­cashire, and he’s a re­ally good guy to be around and an un­be­liev­able player on the pitch. He is a very unique man, though. He’s quite un­usual off the pitch with some of his man­ner­isms and what he gets up to. 10. Matthew Hog­gard He came to Le­ices­ter­shire as cap­tain when I was 19 or 20, I was with him for three years I learned a lot from him as a bowler and still keep in touch now. As a bloke he was very good and as a player just as good. For a young player com­ing through you couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter role model. 11. Peter Sid­dle He was such a pro­fes­sional when he came over to play at Lan­cashire, he got in­volved on and off the pitch. He’s a re­ally good man to be around and very sharp with the ball. It’s al­ways great to have some­one like that to bowl along­side.

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Head­lin­ers: Jos Buttler, HD Ack­er­man, Joe Root and Ben Stokes

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