Cricket legends join Celebrity team at AD Invitational

Sport360 staff 15:36 17/01/2017
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There will be runs and wickets in this group.

The 34-year old will be joined in Abu Dhabi by two other legends of the sport: Brian Lara and Jacques Kallis.

Anderson, who made his Test debut in 2003, has already cemented his reputation as one of the finest players in the history of English cricket.

A former world number one bowler who currently ranks sixth on the all-time international wicket-takers list, Anderson has represented England in 122 Test matches and 194 One Day Internationals.

“It is an honour to be part of the Celebrity team at this year’s Abu Dhabi Invitational with some incredible names from the world of sport. It promises to be an amazing weekend and I can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Anderson.

Playing alongside Anderson will be Lara, widely regarded as one of the greatest batsman of all time.

Boasting a Test match career average of 52.88, Lara is the only batsman to have ever scored a century, a double century, a triple century, a quadruple century and a quintuple century in first-class games over the course of a senior career.

South African icon Kallis completes the cricketing line-up.

The current coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, the former all-rounder remains the only cricketer in the history of the game to score more than 10,000 runs and take 250 wickets in both one-day and Test match cricket.

The trio will play alongside a series of football legends — including Ruud Gullit, Dwight Yorke and Gabriel Batistuta — for Peter Schmeichel’s Celebrity team, against Paul McGinley’s team of professional golfers.

This year the teams will be playing to raise money for the captains’ chosen charities.

The Abu Dhabi Invitational is free to attend for spectators. Doors open at 7am on 28th January.

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