War­wick­shire bowler Josh Poys­den picks his top XI

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1. Bren­don McCul­lum

Open­ing the bat­ting is the great man, I played a lit­tle bit with him in 2015 and I played in the game where he got 158 off not many. He was bril­liant off the field, lit­er­ally didn’t hit a ball in train­ing but he was a good lad and a re­ally nice bloke to have around the team and a great team man.

2. Sam Hain

He’s only played one sea­son of T20 cricket but at the end of the day he’s my mate so I want him in there. I should ex­plain here, we’re play­ing a t20 game on a used wicket at Edg­bas­ton which is why Jonathan Trott, Tim Am­brose and Mark Wood haven’t fea­tured in the XI.

3. Ian Bell

An Eng­land and War­wick­shire leg­end and although some may say T20 is not his best for­mat you look at the way he went in the Big Bash with the Perth Scorchers so he’s made the cut. He’s quite a big prac­ti­cal joker so you have to watch your back when he’s around, and I find the best way to fight fire is with fire.

4. Luke Ronchi

Luke played at War­wick­shire last year and ab­so­lutely whacks it. Out of ev­ery­one I’ve bowled at in the nets he hits the ball the hard­est and he’s an ab­so­lute leg­end. A very good golfer too, he’s got the quick­est rou­tine and swing I’ve ever seen which is the op­po­site to Hain so we’ve got good bal­ance if we play golf be­fore the game.

5. Brad Haddin

We played to­gether at North­ern Dis­tricts and he can give it a good whack. I’ve de­cided to give him the gloves over Ronchi too, maybe if Luke works hard in train­ing he can re­claim them.

6. Chris Woakes

He’ll prob­a­bly take the new ball for me but is a good death bat­ter too. He’s done it be­fore for War­wick­shire and you’ve seen him do it for Eng­land in 50-over cricket re­cently too so he’s in there.

7. Za­far An­sari

We played to­gether at univer­sity and he’s in to of­fer the side a bit of bal­ance be­cause he can bat and clear the ropes at the end and is a third spin op­tion. It may sur­prise your read­ers that I wasn’t at Cam­bridge Univer­sity but at Anglia Ruskin and we played for Cam­bridge MCCU to­gether.

8. Rikki Clarke

Rikki is proven with the new ball in t20, he does a great job in the pow­er­play where he is a very ac­cu­rate and very skilful bowler and an­other bat­ting op­tion. It’s a long bat­ting line-up I’ll ad­mit.

9. Josh Poys­den

At nine we’ve got the cap­tain which is my­self. If it’s my team I want to lead the boys out onto the field. Some peo­ple may think that nine is a bit high for me but as it’s my team I’m go­ing to bat up the or­der, I’ve been work­ing on my T20 and hit­ting some big bombs in the nets so now I want to do it on the big stage and I feel that in this team I can do that.

10. Jee­tan Pa­tel

He’s the king, what he’s done in English cricket has been pretty spe­cial and win­ning the MVP award so he’s a good op­tion. And he’s bat­ting at ten but he can clear the ropes so we’re go­ing to come hard as a bat­ting unit.

11. Oliver Han­non-Dalby

He’s a very skilful T20 bowler who can swing the ball up front and on a used wicket he’s got good slower balls and cut­ters. He’s also one of best yorker bowlers in Eng­land.

PIC­TURES: Getty Im­ages

The cho­sen few: L-R: Oliver Han­nonDalby, Luke Ronchi, Za­far An­sari, Brad Haddin

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