Spin-wizard from the by-gone era, Shane Warne lately named the all-time Australia Test XI. Before naming his XI players, Warne was quick enough to declare his disclaimer regarding picking only cricketers he has played with.
Instead of Justin Langer, Warne named hard-hitting Michael Slater for the opening slot along with the obvious choice of Matthew Hayden.
The middle-order looks ridiculously star-studded featuring batting greats Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Allan Border and Steve Waugh.
Warne named Border as the captain and Adam Gilchrist as the wicket-keeper of the side. The exciting call from Warne came for the bowlers where he went with Bruce Reid and Tim May ahead of Brett Lee and Michael Kasprowicz.
Further, Warne justified the selection by drawing parallels of Reid’s record with Ryan Harris. “If you don’t know about Bruce, I would like to tell you, he has the same record as Ryan Harris,” added Warne.
As expected, Glenn Mcgrath and Jason Gillespie walked in for the bowler’s slot while Merv Hughes was named as the 12th man in the side.
The most notable comment from Warne came for Australian legend Steve Waugh. Warne tagged Waugh as a match-saver rather than a match-winner. “Steve was more of a match saver than a match-winner,” Warne concluded.
Here is Warne’s greatest Australia Test XI:
Matthew Hayden, Michael Slater, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Allan Border (c), Steve Waugh, Adam Gilchrist, Tim May, Jason Gillespie, Glenn Mcgrath, Bruce Reid.