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My Favourite England XI – Adam Carroll

by Addis Army Cricket

The only criteria for selection is you have had to have seen the player live in any format or level of cricket!

This is an almost impossible task but I have picked players that I would happily watch all day, and then share a beer with after play which I have had the good fortune to do with several of them!

Graham Gooch – Improved with age and not only could he read the game situation incredibly well he was good enough to play in whatever way was needed. As a bonus was always the best ‘tache on the field too, except when playing against Merv Hughes.

Alistair Cook – To score that amount of runs when opening whilst always seemingly under pressure, especially for his captaincy, and to  never appear bitter tells me all I need to know about him. Has also developed into a very good summariser, with a very dry humour too.

Graham Hick – When in full flow the most destructive batsman (batter!?) I have ever watched, and he hit the biggest 6 I’ve ever seen at Bendigo Vic.

Kevin Pietersen – 158 at The Oval, Sept 2005. That is all.

Robin Smith – Hit the ball harder than anyone, and he appeared to relish being up against a real quick.

Dermot Reeve –  An effective all rounder and a tremendously innovative Captain, also a master at getting under the skin of the opposition, players and spectators. A player you would never want to play against. Was also good company for an evening.

Jack Russell – The best gloveman by far especially standing up. Often worth some quirky runs too.

Stuart Broad – Unstoppable when in full flow, and has changed the direction of many a match in the space of just a few overs.

Simon Jones – Brilliant when the ball was reversing, he was a natural ‘pick me up’ for all in crowd.

Devon Malcolm – Fearsome pace when in rhythm and always unpredictable with the bat. The depositing of Warne over cow at Adelaide was worth the entrance alone. No 10 and not 11, I here you say? Definitely!

Phil Tufnell – Flight and dip when at his best. Fodder when not. Always good value on and off the pitch and always a good word for the supporters.  What you see is what you get with him, and it was always unpredictable.

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