Dream Team

Mid­dle­sex and Eng­land bats­man Dawid Malan picks his top Xl

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1. Bren­don McCul­lum

The legacy Bren­don has left be­hind has been fan­tas­tic, he’s changed the way white-ball cricket is played and when he was with us at Mid­dle­sex, you al­ways knew some­thing spe­cial would hap­pen.

2. Adam Gilchrist

Adam’s in­clu­sion is self-ex­plana­tory. He’s an ab­so­lute leg­end of the game and has com­pletely rev­o­lu­tionised the way a wick­et­keeper/bats­man is sup­posed to play the game. He dom­i­nated in a way no­body else could come close to match­ing.

3. David Warner

He’s an­other one of those who could come to county cricket and just blow it apart. He came to Mid­dle­sex back in 2010, but he has been phe­nom­e­nal ever since he started play­ing in­ter­na­tional cricket, not just with his per­for­mances, but with the way Test open­ers are now per­ceived.

4. Owais Shah

I learned a hell of a lot from Owais Shah. He was al­ways there for me as a young kid, watch­ing me in the nets and would al­ways be avail­able for some throw­downs. He was the one who taught me spin and even now he’ll be there giv­ing me ad­vice when­ever I need it.

5. Eoin Mor­gan

Cricket is mov­ing for­ward in the coun­try and Eoin is at the fore­front of that. We’ve seen with Eng­land how the one-day game is chang­ing and the cap­tain is so im­por­tant in mak­ing that hap­pen, he can hit it with the best of them and that’s why we’re see­ing some big scores.

6. Rahul Dravid

Let’s just pick bat­ters! I was only in­volved with Rahul for six or seven days with the MCC but just be­ing there with a leg­end like that al­lows you to pick up so much, he’s an in­cred­i­bly im­pres­sive player and per­son.

7. An­drew Strauss

I was go­ing to have Simmo (John Simp­son) in here, but he’s not get­ting ahead of Gilchrist with the gloves! I feel if you can open the bat­ting, you can play at seven and I have to get Straussy in some­where. He can bowl some left-arm spin, too.

8. Mu­rali Kar­tik

He’s def­i­nitely been the best spin­ner I’ve played with, he could do some magic things with the ball and hav­ing some­one like that can make a good team a great one, es­pe­cially when he’s do­ing it for Mid­dle­sex.

9. Toby Roland-Jones

That hat-trick to win the County Cham­pi­onship in 2016 tells you all you need to know – Toby is such a class bowler and it’s thrilling to see him get­ting the re­wards. I al­ways knew he would be­come an in­ter­na­tional crick­eter – he de­served his chance and he seemed to be tak­ing it, too, be­fore that un­for­tu­nate in­jury.

10. Tim Murtagh

It’s great to see Murts get­ting a chance with Ire­land in Tests, we’ve seen him do it with the As­so­ciates, but we know he’ll do ex­cep­tion­ally well be­cause he’s been so con­sis­tent for us – you know he’s go­ing to be Mr Re­li­able, there’s a rea­son why he’s taken the most wick­ets for us in the past ten years.

11. Steven Finn

I’ve played with Steven since I was 18 and to see him come up and do what he has done in in­ter­na­tional cricket is so im­pres­sive. He’s had his ups and downs but his at­ti­tude is fault­less. He comes back to Mid­dle­sex and slots in seam­lessly, puts in the graft and gets the job done.

Dawid Malan

Mid­dle­sex and Eng­land bats­man

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