Former England captain Andrew Strauss is the latest to select an all-time XI as part of an ongoing series from Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Strauss picked one Indian and one Pakistani cricketer each, with Sachin Tendulkar and Shoaib Akhtar making it into his side.
In the bowling department, it is clear that Strauss has chosen bowlers whom he struggled against rather than going by their overall records. Picking Morne Morkel ahead of Dale Steyn is an example of that.
As is the case with most of these all-time XIs, the most represented team is Australia – with the Director of Cricket for England selecting as many as four players from his Ashes rivals.
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Australian batsman David Warner was awarded the Allan Border Medal for being the most outstanding Australian cricketer of the last season on Monday.
This is the second consecutive year that Warner has won the medal as he also took home the ODI Player of the Year award.
Speaking after winning the medal, the left-handed batsman recognised that the upcoming tour to India is going to be very tough physically and mentally.
Australia will play a four-Test series in India, which is scheduled to begin on February 23. The last time they played a Test series in India, the Australians were whitewashed 4-0 and wouldn’t want a repeat of the same this time around.
“We are going to be working our backsides off physically and mentally as well before we even think about playing the game of cricket [in India],” said Warner.
“That’s what gets you mentally tough and ready for those conditions. It’s not the wicket it’s not the opposition, the conditions. You’ve got the heat.
“Players that have been in India know how hard it is just to overcome that let alone the cricket itself. You’ve got to acclimatise.”
The Australian vice-captain has been rested for the ODI series against New Zealand, a move which he has welcomed.
“So I’ve got a bit of time at home which is great,” he said.
“I’m grateful that you know Cricket Australia allowing me to get over some little niggles and having a little bit of rest at home to get me ready for India and there’s no excuses there.”
After eight matches, England finally managed to win an international game on their tour of India as they defeated the hosts in a thriller at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.
The Eoin Morgan-led side’s five-run victory in the third ODI was a source of relief for them, having already lost the series.
Ben Stokes was named the Man of the Match for his unbeaten 57 from 39 deliveries and his spell of 3/63.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan lauded the performances of the English team, tweeting that winning even one game in India requires a great effort.
On the other hand, Indian coach Anil Kumble congratulated his team on the series win while it was noted by a few that England had come from conceding four sixes and the losing the World T20 final to bowling four dots to win an ODI at the same venue – Eden Gardens. Some redemption, there.
Unpredictable match today but that’s the nature of this sport. A great series filled with nailbiting moments.. #INDvENG— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 22, 2017
Winning any game in India is a great effort ... even if you have lost the series ... Well done @englandcricket ...— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 22, 2017
2087 runs in 6 innings. Average of nearly 348 per innings. Doubt it has ever happened before. Just a Bat vs Bat contest.#IndvEng— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 22, 2017
Kedar 'Damdaar' Jadhav...what a player. Man of the Series...without doubt. Respect. #INDvENG— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 22, 2017
2-1 is a seriously good result given England is among the best limited overs teams going. Few teams have such riches in terms of balance— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 22, 2017
Kedar Jadhav is a product of proper investment of time and opportunity. An aspect lost in Manish Pandey's case. #IndvEng— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) January 22, 2017
Great game, great series! (some would still prefer the old 240 v 220 - 8 snooze fests of course..) #INDvENG— mark butcher (@markbutcher72) January 22, 2017
The last occasion at Eden Gardens, Ben Stokes conceded 4 sixes off his last 4 balls!— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 22, 2017
Tonight Chris Woakes bowled 4 dot balls!#IndvEng