Maverick batsman Kevin Pietersen has found a place in England’s All-Time Test side announced by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to mark national side’s 1000 Test match starting Wednesday against India. Also Read - ECB Chief Ashley Giles Remains Uncertain About England's Cricket Season
Over 6,000 English cricket fans voted and the team consists exclusively of Test legends, including three from the current squad – James Anderson, Alastair Cook and Joe Root. The online survey was over 10 days in July, ECB announced in a statement on Monday. Also Read - From Kevin Pietersen to Sanjay Manjrekar, Ex-Cricketers Reveal Their Coronavirus Lockdown Activities
South-Africa born batsman Pietersen made his debut in the memorable 2005 Ashes series, and by its end he had already carved out a place in English history, as his 158 on the last day at The Oval, an innings as audacious and unprecedented as his bleach blonde mohawk, saved the fifth Test and secured a 2-1 series win. Also Read - Yorkshire County Cricket Club Places Players And Coaches on Furlough
The team will be celebrated with a day of activity at Edgbaston on Day Three of the ongoing first Test on Friday. Selected players will be invited to a parade to thank the fans for their votes. England batting legend Len Hutton died in 1990 while fearsome fast bowler Trueman passed away in 2006.
England Test captain Joe Root expressed jubilance upon his inclusion in nation’s best-ever XI and said: “To be selected in the best-ever England men’s Test XI side by cricket fans across the country is incredibly humbling.
“When I think of some of the incredible players who haven’t made the cut, legends of the game such as Denis Compton and Wally Hammond, I’m not sure I would have voted for myself, but I certainly want to thank the fans for thinking of me.
“It’s great to see my current team-mates Alastair Cook and James Anderson be recognised for their contributions to England Test cricket too.”
ECB Chief Executive Officer Tom Harrison said, “To be playing our 1000th men’s Test is a true testament to the enduring importance of Test cricket. It is the pinnacle for players and fans at home and abroad.”
“This selection, chosen by England followers, has Test careers ranging from 1937 to the present day and encapsulates both the history of this great game and showcases the fine players we’ve produced in this country,” he added.
England’s All-Time Test XI: Alastair Cook, Len Hutton, David Gower, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Ian Botham, Alan Knott (wk), Graeme Swann, Fred Trueman, James Anderson, Bob Willis.