Home > News >

Marylebone Cricket Club vs Rest of the World XI, Lord’s Bicentenary match Preview: Legends return in glittering contest

Sachin Tendulkar (left) will lead MCC and Shane Warne will captain ROW XI © Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar (left) will lead MCC and Shane Warne will captain RoW XI © Getty Images

By Nishad Pai Vaidya

Jul 4, 2014

It is an eagerly anticipated contest as the greats of the game will grace the stage once again. When the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will take on the Rest of the World (RoW) XI at Lord’s on July 5, 2014, the world will go down memory lane. Sachin Tendulkar will be up against Shane Warne; Brian Lara will face Muttiah Muralitharan and Adam Gilchrist will walk out to open the batting to take on the likes of Brett Lee and Shaun Tait. Adding spice to the contest are some more recent names in Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, Tamim Iqbal and Aaron Finch.

A look at the two teams would say that one side has a good stable batting, whereas the other has more firepower with aggressive batsmen. As far as the bowling goes, MCC has the wicket-taking bowlers, but RoW seem to have a more potent attack. There are no questions over combinations as the elevens have been named and it only has to be seen which order they come in to bat.

For MCC, Finch may open the batting with Tendulkar. Lara would be placed at No 3 with Rahul Dravid and Shivnarine Chanderpaul bringing in calm in the middle. But, if you see, they have mainly five frontline batsmen. Then, it comes to Chris Read, the wicketkeeper and Daniel Vettori, who can bat a bit. For RoW, Gilchrist should open the batting with Sehwag. Though Tamim Iqbal is there, he may be expected to bat in the middle-order.

RoW have an explosive middle-order in Pietersen, Yuvraj and Shahid Afridi to come. Paul Collingwood is one man who adds calm to this line-up as he is someone who can hold this innings.

As far as the bowling goes, MCC have genuine wicket-takers in Lee, Tait and Umar Gul. They also have a Saeed Ajmal, who comes in and will look to dazzle with his off-breaks. On the other hand, RoW will bank on the Warne-Muralitharan combination to click. Tino Best is a bit of a trump-card in this game as he has erratic tendencies. Afridi will also roll his arm over with his leg-spin. Peter Siddle will be RoW’s most crucial fast bowler.

Picking a winner isn’t an easy task as it features some old-timers who have been away from the game for a while. So, it may all boil down to how the current players perform, as they are after all still in the groove.

Squads (Playing XI):

Marylebone Cricket Club: Sachin Tendulkar (c), Rahul Dravid, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Aaron Finch, Brian Lara, Chris Read (wk), Brett Lee, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Shaun Tait, Daniel Vettori.

Rest of the World XI: Shane Warne (c), Virender Sehwag, Shahid Afridi, Paul Collingwood, Tino Best, Yuvraj Singh, Muttiah Muralitharan, Peter Siddle, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Kevin Pietersen, Tamim Iqbal.

Time: 15:15 IST | 09:45 GMT

(Nishad Pai Vaidya is a Correspondent with CricketCountry and anchor for the site’s YouTube Channel. His Twitter handle is @nishad_45)

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Ajinkya Rahane needs to play decisive role

10 little-known facts about Sir Frank Worrell

Statistical analysis of Jacques Kallis’s ODI career

Ajinkya Rahane England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Jacques Kallis Jacques Kallis retirement James Anderson Moeen Ali South Africa

James Anderson all set to close in on Ian Botham’s record after being given clean chit in ‘Pushgate’ incident

James Anderson, Ravindra Jadeja not found guilty by Judical Commissioner

James Anderson pleads guilty of pushing Ravindra Jadeja; says no malice intended

Ravindra Jadeja playing ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin in India’s tour of England a disaster, says Erapalli Prassana

Nasser Hussain praises Alastair Cook after victory in 3rd Test against India at Southampton

India A vs Australia A 2014, Final: Last chance for future stars to shine

Gary Ballance — the headline writer’s dream and the correspondent’s nightmare

An open letter to Pankaj Singh

India vs England 2014, 4th Test at Old Trafford: Should Umesh Yadav be sent as cover for Ishant Sharma?

5 things you need to know about Graham Thorpe

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

658 Posts | 6 Fans

Sachin Tendulkar's nine dismissals against James Anderson

Delhi shoppers more e-commerce savvy: Survey

Indian paddlers Sharath Kamal/Anthony Arputharaj get silver in the Men’s Doubles at CWG 2014

Gary Ballance — the headline writer’s dream and the correspondent’s nightmare

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

Ebola-hit African states seal off outbreak epicentre

Shah Rukh Khan: I want to continue working as long as I live

UP govt for expansion of e-governance: Akhilesh

Google most attractive employer among Asia-Pacific graduates

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Shah Rukh Khan: I am bored of answering questions about Salman Khan and me

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here