England’s best foreign XI to have played in the 2000s
If ever there has been a team bloated by foreign talent that has buoyed a side it is England. In recent times, they would have been perhaps better to christen themselves ‘England and the rest of the world’ such was their diversity.
Be the batsmen, bowlers or all-rounders, the Three Lions are never afraid to look to players born overseas to help their cause. The best example of this is one of world cricket’s most destructive batsman, Ben Stokes.
The all-rounder has been revolutionising the test game with quick fire double centuries something rarely seen in the longer format of the game. Expect to see the IPL’s most expensive player to feature in this England foreign XI that have played at least once from the year 2000 onwards then:
Andrew Strauss (South Africa)
England captain and mass run scorer, Strauss formed a superb partnership with Marcus Trescothick and Alastair Cook in recent years. Image Source: Google
Johnathan Trott (South Africa)
Rarely seen power hitting, always seen digging in. Almost impossible to get out easily and an average of 44 displays that. Image Source: Twitter
Graeme Hick (Zimbabwe)
Over 3000 Test runs for England and 41,112 in First Class cricket show the batsman was a run machine. Image Source: Google
Nasser Hussain (India)
Better known for being a pundit of late but he was one of England's best captains. Image Source: Twitter
Kevin Pietersen (South Africa)
Questionable hair aside, Pietersen was an incredible talent. Big hits and bigger scores, the batsman was one of England's most memorable talents. Image Source: Twitter
Eoin Morgan (Ireland)
Not the same force in Tests as he is in the shorter formats, but a fine player none the less. Image Source: Twitter
Ben Stokes (New Zealand)
England's best player. Whether batting, bowling or fielding, Stokes can do it all. New Zealand will still be cursing their luck that they didn't snap him up. Image Source: Twitter
Matt Prior (South Africa)
Replaced Geraint Jones superbly and made the gloves his own. Runs, stumping, catches and banter, Prior was a proper modern-day cricketer. Image Source: Twitter
Chris Jordan (Caribbean)
He can bat and bowl, what more could you want from an up and coming talent? Image Source: Twitter
Andy Caddick (New Zealand)
234 wickets in Tests and 13 five wicket hauls mean Caddick was a truly fearsome bowler on his day. Image Source: Twitter
Boyd Rankin (Ireland)
You can probably see that foreign bowlers haven't been too prolific for England, but did you see the batting line-up? Image Source: Google
England have always been blessed with talent in their cricket teams. While in the years around the turn of the century it was more a case of a couple of top players being lumped together into a side that struggled massively.
Some critics of the English game have cited that England and Wales’ team would not be the same without the influence of foreign imports. Indeed, in the current team there would be a cavernous hole where Ben Stokes would be as he should probably be playing for New Zealand who would be a far better team with the destructive all-rounder.
Irrespective of this, England have the ability to identify and cultivate supreme talents in the game, and they should not be scolded for that. After all, if Australia and New Zealand had picked up the likes of Stokes or Trott they wouldn’t worry too much about the views of their rivals, and neither should England.