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Bairstow reveals his all time best XI


Nowadays it’s been a trend among present and former cricketers to name their all time best XI, who played the game. On the row English wicket keeper batsman Jonny Bairstow names his all time best XI.

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After his teammates Alastair Cook, Alex Hales, and David Willey. Jonny Bairstow unveils his all time XI. Lord’s Cricket Ground posted a video from their official Youtube channel where the England wicket-keeping batsman is seen explaining his picks in the all-time best XI.

His best XI features one player each from India and West Indies. Three of his home team mates got a place in the list. From South Africa, he included four players into the team. And he named two players from their historical rivals Australia. There were no place for players from countries like Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

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When selecting the top order he said,

“No.1 and captain, Alastair Cook, the all-time leading run-scorer for England, very easy decision.

No.2 Hashim Amla, Speaking about himself, sustainability and unique. Lara is my no.3 batsman especially for his 400 in Tests and 501 in First Class cricket.”

In the no.4 position,  the  strongest batting position in Test cricket, he places Sachin Tendulkar.

Sachin Tendulkar at No.4, the all-time leading run-scorer, the magician, he was absolutely fantastic for such long period of time. No.5 and wicket-keeper AB de Villiers,  he is just doing the things people are never dreamt of doing in ODI, Tests, and T20Is,” added Bairstow.

Surprisingly he places the current English skipper Joe Root at no.7 after the South African all rounder Jacques Kallis at no.6. “No.6 I am going for Jack Kallis, all-rounder, catches at the second slip, ridiculous with the bat and bowling as well. No.7 Joe Root, yes, I am afraid he is down at no.7 still under 25 scored a ridiculous number of runs for England in all forms of cricket and I am sure he will break many records in the years to come.”

In the bowling line up he goes with four seam bowlers including two all-rounders and only one genuine spinner. He names AB de Villiers at no.5 batting position as the wicket keeper of his team.

When concluding about the lower order he said “No.8, I am going for Mitchell Johnson for the spells even in England and Australia are ferociously fast. No.9 will be Dale Steyn, skills with the new ball, reverse swing with the older ball are just ridiculous. And my spinner is Shane Warne. The no.11 is James Anderson, the all-time leading wicket-taker for England, swings in all conditions. So that’s my all time playing XI.”

Bairstow’s All Time XI:

Alastair Cook (c), Hashim Amla, Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, AB de Villiers (wk), Jacques Kallis, Joe Root, Mitchell Johnson, Dale Steyn, Shane Warne, James Anderson.

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