Strauss picks Proteas duo in best ever XI

2017-02-28 13:16
Andrew Strauss (AP)

Cape Town - Former England skipper Andrew Strauss has named his best-ever cricketing XI, with Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis and bowler Morné Morkel selected.

Strauss, who is the ECB director of cricket, revealed his all-time XI on the Lord's Cricket YouTube channel, with the criteria being that he had to have played with or against them, or have been strongly influenced by the players mentioned.

The South African-born player named the usual suspects, which included Sachin Tendulkar and Brian Lara, both of whom regularly make such lists.

Former Proteas all-rounder Kallis slotted at No 4 on his list with Strauss referring to him as an "absolute superstar".

"Of all the people I've played against, he (Kallis) was the guy that looked most in control of his game most of the time," said Strauss.

"You needed an absolutely brilliant delivery to get him out every time he batted."

Kallis, who retired from international cricket in 2014, played 166 Tests for South Africa scoring 13 289 runs and taking 292 wickets in the process.

When referring to Morkel, Strauss said that he "hated" facing the lanky South African bowler.

"He was a bowler I had huge amount of trouble against, there's something about the way he bowls that just exposed me. I hated facing him," said Strauss.

Strauss retired from international cricket in 2012 and played 100 Tests for England scoring 7037 runs at an average of 40.91.

Andrew Strauss' all-time XI:

Marcus Trescothick (England), Alastair Cook (England), Justin Langer (Australia), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Brian Lara (West Indies), Adam Gilchrist (Australia - wicketkeeper), Shane Warne (Australia), Morné Morkel (South Africa), Glenn McGrath (Australia), Shoaib Akhtar (Pakistan)


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