Michael Vaughan Names Bizarre ‘Bald XI’ for Tests, No Indian Finds Spot

All the sporting activities across the globe have come to a standstill due to the outbreak of coronavirus. But cricketers have found a way to keep themselves busy by trying different permutations and combinations, for coming up with bizarre playing XIs.

Michael Vaughan Names Bizarre ‘Bald XI’ for Tests, No Indian Finds Spot

All the sporting activities across the globe have come to a standstill due to the outbreak of coronavirus. But cricketers have found a way to keep themselves busy by trying different permutations and combinations, for coming up with bizarre playing XIs.

This time it was the turn of former England skipper Michael Vaughan, who built a 'Bald XI' featuring players from different countries.

As for the openers, he went with Graham Gooch and Herschelle Gibbs in his squad. The former is one of the most successful batsmen in Tests for England, while on the other hand Gibbs played 90 Tests for the Proteas, scoring 6167 runs.

Then at number three it was Hashim Amla, another South African, who just retired from international cricket in 2019. He was followed by Australian Darren Lehmann at number four.

Former England batsman Jonathan Trott too found a place in the XI, at number five though. The right-handed batsman was the ICC and ECB Cricketer of the Year in 2011.

Then in the list comes skipper Brian Close from England. Not many might know Close, but the all-rounder was the youngest to play in Tests for his country in 1949. He led England in seven Tests and won six out of those.

It was a no-brainer for the keeper's role. Matt Prior fit the bill perfectly. Apart from being an able keeper, he was an able batsman too. He appeared in 79 Tests, 68 ODIs and 10 T20Is for England.

As for bowling, Vaughan slotted the Australian duo of Doug Bollinger and Nathan Lyon in the squad, to go with Pakistan’s Rana Naved-ul Hasan. Though Vaughan was undecided on number 11 slot and came up with the names of Jack Leach and Chris Martin.

One major omission from the list was that of former India opener Virender Sehwag.

Michael Vaughan’s ‘Bald XI’: Graham Gooch, Herschelle Gibbs, Hashim Amla, Darren Lehmann, Jonathan Trott, Brian Close, Matt Prior, Doug Bollinger, Rana Naved-ul-Hasan, Nathan Lyon, Jack Leach/Chris Martin



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