Steven Finn named Alastair Cook as captain in his team © Getty Images
Steven Finn named Alastair Cook as captain in his team © Getty Images

England pacer Steven Finn became the latest inductee in the list of players to reveal his all-time XI. It does not come as a surprise that Finn’s team boasts of big names from international cricket, mostly from England, but it was intriguing that he has included the Irish pacer Tim Murtagh, alongside James Anderson and Stuart Broad. Finn picked Murtagh in his team because of his experience of playing with him county circuit.

In a video by Lord’s Cricket Ground’s official YouTube channel, Finn revealed his team. Starting with openers, he picked Alastair Cook and the captain as well, which was not surprise as many current English cricketers have named him in their all-time xi. Finn says he enjoyed playing under him for England. With Cook, Finn chooses Sam Robson to be the other opener by saying, “He is one of my best friends in cricket. He is a very entertaining man and an excellent player.” Coming to No. 3, he selected Australian opener David Warner for this slot and said, “He brings a bit of bite at No. 3 to the batting order and a very good fielder and an all-round excellent player.”

The middle-order starts with another Englishman and he is the current Test captain of the national side — Joe Root and according to Finn he is the most secure batsman. Following Root is another English cricketer, and probably the most stylish batsman from the nation — Kevin Pietersen. His No. 6 player is former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, followed by Adam Gilchrist as the wicketkeeper of the side.

Moving to Finn’s bowling department, 3 out of 4 names are English players and it starts with spinner Graeme Swann. Just for a fact, Swann had included himself in his all-time XI video by Lord’s. Swann is the most successful spinner for England across formats. The pace unit begins with Broad alongside Murtagh and Anderson.

Here’s Finn’s all time XI:

Steven Finn’s All-Time XI: Alastair Cook (c), Sam Robson, David Warner, Joe Root, Kevin Pietersen, Brendon McCullum, Adam Gilchrist (wk), Graeme Swann, Stuart Broad, Tim Murtagh, James Anderson.