Cricket

Trott picks former Proteas duo in best ever XI

2017-03-16 17:28
Jonathan Trott (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Former England batsman Jonathan Trott has named his best-ever cricketing XI, with Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis and bowler Allan Donald selected.

Trott 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 Shane Warne, both of whom regularly make such lists.

Former Proteas all-rounder Kallis slotted lower down the order at No 5 on Trott's list.

"I think he's the best all-rounder and perhaps the best cricketer I've ever played against," said the former Capetonian.

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.

Trott selected childhood hero Donald to finish off his best-ever cricketing XI with the Englishman crediting Donald with his county cricket move to Warwickshire.

"He was hero of mine growing up," said Trott.

"I was also lucky enough to be coached by him in Warwickshire, so I had a connection through there.

"When I was growing up, I wanted to play for Warwickshire, because of the likes of Donald and other overseas players - who played for Warwickshire and done so well."

Donald, who is currently Kent's assistant coach, retired from international cricket in 2003 and took 330 wickets in 72 Test appearances.

Trott retired from international cricket in 2015 and played 52 Tests for England scoring 3835 runs at an average of 47.18.

Jonathan Trott’s all-time XI:

Alastair Cook (England), Michael Slater (Australia), Rick Ponting (Australia), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Steve Waugh (captain, Australia), Adam Gilchrist (wicketkeeper, Australia), Shane Warne (Australia), Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka), Waqar Younis (Pakistan), Allan Donald (South Africa)

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