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Former Australian spin wizard and cricket analyst Shane Warne picked his best current test XI during his stint with Sky Sports as a TV commentator. Warne compiled the team along with former cricketers and present analysts Michael Atherton and Rameez Raja in the ongoing test between England and Pakistan at Birmingham.

Warne had a few surprises in store when he revealed his current test XI. The spin legend began by mentioning that New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson and South African run machine Hashim Amla were unfortunate to miss out from the XI, as other individuals were preferred over them.

The openers for the team included current England captain Alastair Cook and David Warner. Both southpaws are definite match winners and while one attacks from the word go, the other can build a solid foundation for the side and the other batsmen to follow.

The middle order comprises of batting heartthrobs and current champions Joe Root, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith. Among all the XI members, Kohli was named the captain of the side. That was a decision taken it seems on the basis of Kohli’s fantastic test captaincy record where he led his side to a comprehensive series win over the then number one team South Africa. Root and Smith are absolute run machines and when they get going, they are nightmares for the opposing bowlers.

South African skipper AB De Villiers doubles up as the wicketkeeper and he would be expected to bat at number 6. From the all rounder front, flamboyant English star Ben Stokes was chosen followed by the current world number one all rounder and bowler R. Ashwin.

The bowlers comprised of Pakistani spin sensation Yasir Shah and pacers Mitchell Starc and James Anderson.

Shane Warne’s current test playing XI:

1. A. Cook


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