first_imgKevin Pietersen may be a controversial figure in the English cricket fraternity but the South-African born superstar is still a hit among fans who voted for him to be included in England’s greatest Test team.The England and Wales Cricket Board on Monday released the Test XI which was brought together after the national body received over 6000 votes from English cricket fans who picked the players from a pool of over 100 cricketers.The survey was conducted to celebrate England’s 1,000th Test match in men’s cricket which they will played against India from August 1.England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumphFormer captain and England’s highest run-scorer in Tests, Alastair Cook also found a place in the XI. The country’s highest Test wicket-taker James Anderson and current skipper Joe Root were included as well.”To be selected in the best-ever England men’s Test XI side by cricket fans across the country is incredibly humbling,” Root reacted after his inclusion.ICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test match”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,” Roo said.England cricket fans have voted for their best-ever XI!What do you think of this team?https://t.co/7igJlBAQ8y pic.twitter.com/m0Eby0sbrPadvertisementEngland Cricket (@englandcricket) July 30, 2018Cook was named the opener along with Len Hutton, who still holds the record for the highest individual innings in a Test match for England with 364 runs against Australia at The Oval in 1938.India vs England: Broad ready for challenging and exciting Test seriesDavid Gower, England’s fourth highest run-getter (8231 runs) with an average of over 44 in 117 Tests, is next followed by the mercurial Pietersen, who scored 8181 runs in 104 Tests, with Root slotted in at number five.Ian Botham pipped Andrew Flintoff as the only all-rounder in the team at No. 6. At one point Beefy was the leading Test wicket-taker of all time, and he still holds the record for the most five-wichet hauls (27) by an Englishman, complimented by 5,200 runs and 383 wickets.India’s pace bowling unit has ‘unusual’ variety and depth: Alastair CookEngland’s most successful wicket-keeper Alan Knott is played at No. 7. Knott claimed 269 dismissals in his 14 years behind the stumps and along the way also scored scoring 4,389 runs at a healthy average of 32.75.GREATEST ENGLISH BOWLERSGraeme Swann, England’s most successful spinner in this century with 255 wickets, is the lone tweaker in the side and the least experienced player as well with just 60 Tests under his belt between 2008 and 2013.Then come the pacemen with Fred Trueman, the first cricketer in Test history to take 300 wickets, leading the way at No. 8. The right-arm fast bowler still holds the record for the best average (21.57) among English bowlers with over 200 Test wickets.James Anderson, who sits on top of the tally of the highest wicket-takers list for England with 540 scalps, is the penultimate player in the list. Overall, Anderson is ranked fifth but needs just 24 more wickets to surpass Australian legend Glenn McGrath and become the most successful fast bowler in Test history.Last but not the least, Bob Willis completes the list at No. 11. The speedster took 325 wickets in 90 Tests and is England’s fourth highest wicket-taker of all time.last_img