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The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) today unveiled England’s greatest Test XI based on fan votes ahead of their historic 1000th Test at Edgbaston against India in the series opener of the five match series starting Thursday.

Among active cricketer, England’s all-time leading run-scorer in Tests Alastair Cook (12145), England’s highest wicket-taker in Test, James Anderson (540) and current captain Joe Root feature in the list, while former England skipper Kevin Pietersen also got the fans’ vote.

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Cricket fans from across the country were invited to pick their team from over 100 players ranging from WG Grace in the 1880s to current Test captain Joe Root in a survey completed by over 6,000 England cricket fans.

The team will be celebrated with a day of activity at Edgbaston on day three of the Specsavers Test against India on Friday 3 August. Selected players will be invited to a parade to thank the fans for their votes.

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Photo Credit: ECB

Speaking about the poll for the nation’s best-ever XI and his inclusion in the side, England Test captain Joe Root said:“To be selected in the best-ever England men’s Test XI side by cricket fans across the country is incredibly humbling.

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“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.”

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Alastair Cook

Sir Leonard Hutton

David Gower

Kevin Pietersen

Joe Root

Sir Ian Botham

Alan Knott (w)

Graeme Swann

Fred Trueman

James Anderson

Bob Willis