Shane Warne named Michael Vaughan captain of his greatest England XI. The spin legend revealed his greatest England XI during an interactive session on Instagram. The well-balanced squad also consists of England’s record Test wicket-taker James Anderson among the active players.
Graham Gooch, Andrew Strauss to open for Shane Warne’s XI
England’s greatest XI squad would have been incomplete without one of the finest openers Graham Gooch and former captain Andrew Strauss. Warne picked up both of them as his opener followed by Michael Vaughan as his one-down batsman.
Kevin Pietersen steps in at No.4 while Nasser Hussain provides depth to the batting line-up. All-rounder Andrew Flintoff has also found a place in the XI with Darren Gough, Steve Hamrison and James Anderson being the three seamers in the side.
Shane Warne’s greatest England XI: Graham Gooch, Andrew Strauss, Michael Vaughan (c), Kevin Pietersen, Nasser Hussain, Alec Stewart, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Darren Gough, Steve Harmison, James Anderson.
Shane Warne explains why Stuart Broad failed to make a cut
One of the premier fast bowler of all-time Stuart Broad failed to make a cut in the XI. Warne said it was because he never played against Broad. He also went on to recall the 2013 Ashes incident where Broad knicked one to first slip but did walk off even when the umpire ruled him out. The incident had also left the then Australia captain Michael Clarke infuriated.
“I still tip my hat to Stuart Broad, who can knick the ball to first slip and then not walk off, and then also be given my not out, I tip my hat to you,” Warne said.