Matt Prior ignores Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne in his all time XI
Matt Prior, former England cricketer announced his all-time XI. It has been published in Lord’s Cricket Ground’s official Twitter handle today. His all time XI consists of 4 English cricketers, 3 South Africans, 2 Australians and 1 player each from India and Sri Lanka.
Matt Prior has selected Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh as a captain. Current England Test skipper Alastair Cook along with the South African Hashim Amla will open the innings. Australian batting legend Ricky Ponting will have his pads on for the iconic no.3 slot.
AB de Villiers is considered most destructive batsman in modern day cricket. He is at no.4. “Absolutely incredible player in all conditions against all times of playing and is a guy who can take the game away from the opposition,” Prior said.
Apart from the runs, the mentality that Steve Waugh brought into the game made him special for Matt Prior. Quite surprisingly, the Master Blaster, Sachin Tendulkar who played for India in the opening slot and at no.4 slot mostly in Test matches is at no.6 in Prior’s XI.
Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara will be wicket-keeper. The pace bowling unit comprises of two of the greatest English bowlers of the current generation – Stuart Broad and James Anderson. Along with them the South African paceman, Dale Steyn is the third seamer.
It was quite a surprise when he chooses Graeme Swann to be the only spinner in his all-time XI as most of the others had gone with either Muttiah Muralitharan or Shane Warne or a combination of both.
Matt Prior’s all-time XI:
Alastair Cook, Hashim Amla, Ricky Ponting, AB de Villiers, Steve Waugh (C), Sachin Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Dale Steyn, James Anderson.
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