World Cup 2007 March 1, 2007

No room for Hick, Thorpe or Lamb

With the World Cup on the horizon it's the season for selecting one-day teams of varying sorts

With the World Cup on the horizon it's the season for selecting one-day teams of varying sorts. The Australians have recently named their all-time XI - with no room for Allan Border - and now Mike Selvey, in The Guardian, has named his England version. There are a few surprises. No space for the likes of Graeme Hick, Allan Lamb or Nick Knight on the batting front and no Bob Willis with the ball. But his final XI looks a pretty decent side. Read the reasonings here.

Players, I believe, would have adjusted accordingly to the current demands, although I am sacrificing some agility for other quality skills. It is not the niftiest fielding side. Anyway five front-line batsmen first: Graham Gooch, Marcus Trescothick, David Gower, Pietersen and Collingwood. No room for Nick Knight, a brilliant opener and fielder, the powerful Graeme Hick nor Graham Thorpe, Neil Fairbrother or Allan Lamb, superb pacers of an innings all. Collingwood's supreme fielding and improving bowling get him in.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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