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Legends and Current Stars Find Place in England's Best Ever Test XI on Eve of Their 1000th Test

As England prepare to take on India at Edgbaston in what will be their 1000th Test match in history, English cricket fans have voted for the players they think should be part of England's best ever Test eleven.

Cricketnext Staff |July 30, 2018, 8:49 PM IST
Legends and Current Stars Find Place in England's Best Ever Test XI on Eve of Their 1000th Test

As England prepare to take on India at Edgbaston in what will be their 1000th Test match in history, English cricket fans have voted for the players they think should be part of England's best ever Test eleven.

From current stars like Joe Root and Alastair Cook to legends of the game like Sir Leonard Hutton and Bob Willis, the XI is littered with cricketing talent in every position. The opening pair of Cook and Sir Hutton is followed by ex-captain David Gower and the flamboyant Kevin Pietersen at number three and four respectively.

At number five and six are Joe Root and Sir Ian Botham, the latter giving the team extra 'beef' in the batting line-up. At number seven comes wicketkeeper Alan Knott who could also bowl a bit of spin if needed, and number eight sees Graeme Swann cement his place as the main spinner of the team. Number nine, ten and eleven features the frightening fast bowling troika of Fred Trueman, James Anderson and Bob Willis to complete the team.

Here is England's best ever XI as voted by over 6,000 English cricket fans in full. Some of the selections came down to just three votes, according to the ECB.

Alastair Cook

Sir Leonard Hutton

David Gower

Kevin Pietersen

Joe Root

Sir Ian Botham

Alan Knott (w)

Graeme Swann

Fred Trueman

James Anderson

Bob Willis

While this is a formidable XI, the second team consisting of players who did not make the cut in the top XI also looks pretty strong on paper!

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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