Sky Sports’ All-Time England-West Indies Test XI featuring James Anderson, Curtly Ambrose


Every panellist had to decide on a spinner, a wicketkeeper, and at the very least 4 gamers from either side.

James AndersonJames Anderson celebrates after taking his 500th Check wicket. (Photograph by Dan Mullan/Getty Photographs)England, after dropping the primary Check in opposition to West Indies at Southampton, bounced again and retaliated to win the following two Checks and clinch the collection 2-1. Veteran pacer Stuart Broad, for his scintillating wicket-taking spree within the second and third Check, was adjudged Man of the Match in addition to Participant of the Collection. Broad additionally paved his approach into the illustrious record of bowlers who’ve scalped 500 Check wickets.

In the course of the fourth day of the third and last Check at Outdated Trafford, rain hampered the play and the Sky Sports activities Cricket Debate workforce determined to make the most of the time and make their all-time mixed XI from the 57-year historical past of the Wisden Trophy. The panel featured former England gamers Dominic Cork and Lydia Greenway, former West Indies quick bowling nice Courtney Walsh and host and former England batsman Mark Butcher.

Each West Indies and England have had a wealthy historical past because the inception of the game. Every panellist had to decide on a spinner, a wicketkeeper, and at the very least 4 gamers from either side.

Dominic Cork went with– Greenidge, Haynes, Richards, Lara, Lamb, Sobers, Botham, Russell, Ambrose, Anderson, Walsh. Cork additionally highlighted that Vivian Richards might get in any aspect with the batting forte. He additionally slotted in James Anderson together with greats like Courtney Walsh and Curtly Ambrose.

“Maybe I might have gotten Gooch in forward of Haynes, however while you have a look at what they did, seven Check centuries for Greenidge, 5 for Haynes. Vivian Richards will get in any aspect he’s bought eight tons, Lara eight,” mentioned Cork as quoted by Wisden.

Lydia Greenway slotted Kevin Pietersen in her aspect

“Perhaps I ought to have gone Malcolm Marshall however I’ve to get Jimmy Anderson in there based mostly on his efficiency over time. In the event you have a look at Ambrose and Walsh it’s 309 wickets between them within the 35 Check matches shared in order that they must be there. And I believe that’s a good aspect. I’d like to teach that aspect I believe it may need an opportunity!” he added.

In the meantime, Walsh didn’t choose himself however went with Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding, James Anderson and Curtly Ambrose. He tagged Holding as one among his heroes and credited him, together with Andy Roberts, for revolutionizing West Indian quick bowling. Right here’s what Walsh selected– Prepare dinner, Greenidge, Richards, Lara, Thorpe, Sobers, Russell, Marshall, Holding, Ambrose, Anderson.

Lydia Greenway slotted Kevin Pietersen on the No.5 spot and justified the transfer by mentioning the right-hander’s spectacular stats. Right here’s the workforce– Prepare dinner, Greenidge, Richards, Lara, Pietersen, Sobers, Russell, Marshall, Ambrose, Anderson, Walsh.

“It was onerous to depart out some enormous names like Michael Holding, Ian Botham, David Gower. You’d suppose they’d get in any type of world XI workforce however I suppose that simply exhibits how sturdy the groups have been through the years,” mentioned Greenway.

General Sky Sports activities Cricket all-time England-West Indies Check XI: Gordon Greenidge, Graham Gooch, Viv Richards, Brian Lara, Kevin Pietersen, Garry Sobers, Jack Russell, Malcolm Marshall, James Anderson, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh.